Watch the Red Bull EmSee Final Round: Mic Stew vs. Hostyle
June 1, 2012
So if you checked up on our earlier breakdown of the Red Bull EmSee Finals that took place last Tuesday, then you’d probably know two of the cats with the most to prove were Hostyle, from Detroit, and Mic Stew, of Philadelphia. Both had OK but not amazing performances in their respective regionals and pulled away in lukewarm fashions, both were underdogs with the most to prove. Of course, this means they were going to be the hungriest cats in there that had to prove everyone (including us) wrong. That hunger led them to eliminate both front-runners Phranchyze (where Hostyle stepped up his game and edged out the Houston representative) and D’Meitz (who suddenly fell flat in the round, allowing Mic Stew to capitalize on his short-shorts) in the second round and set up this matchup of Cinderellas.
But this ain’t your typical rap battle for sure. Other than being a national championship, with a $10,000 prize on the line and officiating by Big K.R.I.T, David Banner and DJ Premier, Mic Stew actually had his own family in the audience. And Ma Dukes was right there at the edge of the stage. I mean, who brings their mom to a rap battle? And add in some judging anarchy at the end, where we face a situation where a need for new rules suddenly arise. (Contestants freestyle raps while judges freestyle rules, I guess.) And oh yeah, we probably have the most epic final line ever muttered in a rap battle, ever. Maybe. Well I think it was.