Last Thursday (October 6), eight of Boston’s freshest freestyle MCs headed to the Royale to battle it out for Red Bull EmSee competition … and it was Pat G who walked away victorious for the evening.
In a night filled with piercing punch lines and lyrical acrobatics, MCs Rage 617, D MAT, Resurch, Sir Locksley, Day Parks, Chilla Jones and One Life came ready to throw down, but it was Pat G’s quick wit and lyrical flow that earned him the champion title after an intense series of heated battles.
Now, the rapper advances to the Red Bull EmSee national finals in Atlanta later this fall.
The Boston date was hosted by Bun B, while a panel of judges included Rakim, Pharoahe Monch and Jean Grae.
The Red Bull EmSee competition format puts a spin on the traditional rap battle by providing random prompts and cues, on screens, that the MCs needed to hit in each of their flows, challenging them to truly spit rhymes off-the-dome.
“The key to this whole thing is happiness, original lyrics and having a good time out there,” said Pat G. “The situation only humbled me. There is still work to do. I want the whole thing.”
Pat G was able to impress all of the judges with his enthusiastic freestyle skills. Rakim noted that “he had flow and originality with his rhymes.”
In between rounds, fans and competing MCs were treated to special performances by the judges with the legendary Rakim closing out the evening.
Pat G is originally from Hartford, Connecticut, but has been located in Boston since 2003. At first, he was strictly into making beats until he gave into peer pressure and entered some freestyle sessions at the local youth center. He has since amassed a long list of victims in rap battles, but also has similar success with his production skills.
Pat began to work the Boston hip-hop show circuit. He’s opened for the likes of Canibus, Curren$y, Big K.R.I.T., Wiz Khalifa, DJ Premier, Artifacts, Reks, and Mr.Lif. He then, decided it was time to step out of the shadows and linked up with Bridge Life Entertainment. Since then, Pat has produced songs for Reks, Termanology, Akrobatik, Edo G, Mr.Lif, Ripshop, and Big Shug just to name a few.
He’ll now battle for the EmSee title in ATL this fall. If he wins, he’ll head into Red Bull Studios in Santa Monica to work with a producer of his choice from a select panel. He’ll have to go up against some of the best freestyle MCs from around the country first.
The next Red Bull EmSee battle will be hosted in DC on October 24th at The Fillmore. For more event info, visit Redbull.com/EmSee.