World’s Largest Spanish Freestyle Rap Battle, Red Bull Batalla Opens Application Period For 2021 U.S. National Finals – The Hype Magazine


Top MCs who have what it takes will advance to next round and compete in  the global rap competition’s 15th anniversary season

Credit: Red Bull Media House

Credit: Red Bull Media House

The new season of Red Bull Batalla kicks off as the largest Spanish freestyle rap battle in the world announces the application phase is now live for the U.S. National Finals. Seeking to uncover the country’s best Spanish freestyle talent around, any MC interested in applying can upload their freestyle submission video via the official Red Bull Batalla app. This will give them the chance to compete in a virtual qualifier as part of the 15th anniversary in the biggest international freestyle competition in the world.

Following the application phase, from now until April 30th, the top MCs will be chosen to advance to the next round. Those selected will have the opportunity to showcase their lyrical talents and compete in one of the many virtual, regional qualifier battles broadcast on Twitch this summer. Top contenders from the virtual qualifier will then travel to U.S. National Finals in September. Later this year, all eyes will be on the top MCs as they battle it out in the International Final where one winner will be crowned.

Red Bull Batalla is a global freestyle rap competition that, since 2005, has provided a platform for the best hip-hop improvisors in the Spanish world to connect, develop and compete. The Red Bull founded project has risen to become the world’s biggest international freestyle battle competition, uniting Spanish speakers across the globe. The roots of this improvised rap scene are as deeply connected to hip-hop as they are to the improvisation styles of traditional folk troubadours. With the competition, Red Bull Batalla gives an opportunity for young MCs to train, perform and improve their improvisation and lyrical skills.

The 2020 Red Bull Batalla competition was won by Mexico’s Rapder who delivered the ultimate mic drop to win the most-watched live music event of the year (source). For the U.S., the region’s National Final winner Yartzi,from Puerto Rico, advanced to the Quarterfinals but was eliminated there by Rapder. To relive 2020 highlights head to the Red Bull Batalla website Red Bull TV Batalla.



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