After successful stops in Boston, Los Angeles, Seattle and Philly, the 2011 Red Bull EmSee competition made its way to D.C. on Monday night (October 24), and following several rounds of freestyle battles, one emcee walked away the champ for the night — his name is D’Meitz
In a night filled with piercing punch lines and lyrical acrobatics at the Fillmore in Silver Spring, emcees Ice the Villain, Flex Mathews, Trigga Tay, Awthentik, Pro’Verb, Grande Marshall and Adversary all came ready to throw down. In the end, it was D’Meitz with his quick wit and lyrical flow that earned him the champion title after an intense series of heated battles.
He’ll now advance to the Red Bull EmSee national finals in Atlanta later this fall.
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.
“It feels incredible to win. I don’t win a lot in my life. I’m going to keep trying to chase this high,” said D’Meitz. “I’m going to go to Atlanta and hold it down for Maryland, DC, Virginia, Ohio — where I’m from and the Armed Forces everywhere.”
The rapper was able to impress all of the judges with his enthusiastic freestyle skills — Joe Budden noted that he “was the one who brought it in the end.”
In between rounds, fans and competing MCs were treated to special performances by the judges — including Devin the Dude, Joe Budden and Big K.R.I.T. who concluded the evening.
D’Meitz started battling in Cleveland, Ohio in high school during half-time at basketball games. He got involved in Ground Zero, church-sponsored league for those under 18 years old, and quickly moved into Spit Boxing, hosted by Suave Goddi, where he earned some local recognition. The necessity to freestyle in Cleveland, tested him through a gauntlet of activites including rhyming over non-hip hop instrumentals, such as opera and hair metal; quickly freestyling with props being taken out of a chest; and the ever-popular one-on-one competitions.
“While deployed in Iraq, I spent a large amount of time honing my freestyling to stay entertained, to keep my mind sharp, and help bond with my fellow Marines,” D’Meitz says.
If D’Meitz wins in Atlanta, he will be head into Red Bull Studios in Santa Monica to work with a producer of his choice from a select panel.
The next Red Bull EmSee battle will be hosted in Detroit on Friday (October 28). For more event information, visit Redbull/EmSee.