Rap's Mortal Kombat: Why Red Bull's Battle Is Better Than Black Star

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This coming Thursday, the same day that Black Star performs at House of Blues, the Red Bull EmSee Freestyle Battle will come stomping into Warehouse Live. Six immediate reasons why you should go to the latter instead:

Bun B will host (trill awesome), Trae will perform (deadly awesome), ESG will perform (freestyle royalty awesome), Alchemist will DJ a set (literature awesome), Baby Jae will DJ (Kracker Nutty awesome) and, above all else, IT IS FREE (money awesome).

The most important reason to go, though: The Battle.

Eight of the best underground freestyle rappers in the state will compete nose-to-nose against one another to see which is the best. And there is no greater sense of fulfillment achieved than crowning a winner of something (actualization awesome), an occurrence that happens far too rarely in rap.

This will be Rap Mortal Kombat; vicious and uncompromising and tethered to an unreasonable amount of pressure. All of the losers will be murdered. And that's totally true. So go .

Here now, a guide to acquaint you with the contestants follows, complete with Mortal Kombat spirit partner, and each contestant's odds of winning.

The eight contestants:

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Sandy Carson
G-Baby (Austin)
Mortal Kombat spirit partner: Sonya
Why: Duh.
Money Paid on Winning: 1 to 4

Admittedly, the name is pretty bad. But ignore it; she's from Austin and they don't know any better yet. Her pedigree is legit. She's likely most famous for having dominated BET's Freestyle Friday for just about an entire grading cycle. Being a girl in this type of competition will be an advantage, because watching a girl go nuts on a microphone is extra neat, but being a girl in this type of competition will also be a disadvantage, because someone is eventually going to make a joke about her performing fellatio and everyone will laugh.

Evidence: Exhibit A.

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Go Hard Jetson (Columbus)
Mortal Kombat spirit partner: Kano
Why: Foolishly, not considered a substantial threat, but will rip your heart out if given the opportunity.
Money Paid on Winning: 1 to 5

Yes, GO HARD JETSON. That's easily the most overachieving rap name in the field. GHJ was also on BET's Freestyle Friday. He's fairly new to the battle circuit, but the founder of Texas Battle League, a roving music organization that basically sanctions rap battles, called him one of the best freestylers in Texas.

Evidence: Exhibit A.

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MC Kane (Houston)
Mortal Kombat spirit partner: Johnny Cage
Why: Known more for something other than what he'll be doing that particular night
Money Paid on Winning: 2 to 7

Johnny Cage was more famous for being an actor than he was a fighter. Remember, he even had that dick finishing move he'd do where he'd autograph a picture of himself for you after he kicked the shit out of you? Kane has established himself as a vital member of the hip-hop community as a party thrower and event host, but lots forget that he put out an album last year that had about 700 quality punchlines on it. He will fare better here than people will expect.

Evidence: Exhibit A.

Location Info


Warehouse Live

813 St. Emanuel, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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Black star should end about 11pm this show starts around 10:30-11 and since its down the street you can do both! A real fan will go to both to show support and see a REAL BATTLE! :)

D.C. area
D.C. area

I'd give my left nut to be there. Dammit!


No doubt. Why hate on the black star show. I ain't feeling it. Black star all the way. Stop the hate.

Chuck TrackstarLaxative
Chuck TrackstarLaxative

For such a bold title I was expecting better supporting evidence as to why I should go to this.  Unconvinced. I'm going to Black Star. Nothing against the competition or its participants, hell I'd be in attendance without a doubt if it wasn't the same night. Good luck to all.


I'm still going to Black Star. You can catch Bun B any other day, since he's from Houston. Mos Def and Talib Kweli is the best alliance in Hip Hop. Y O! 


Black Star won't start until 11 or later

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