Celebrities host freestyle battle of aspiring Dallas MCs

Chelsea Jones | 7/15/2013, 8:19 a.m.
Ice Cube, Bun B, and DJ Drama were the judges of a freestyle battle between aspiring Dallas-area MCs, Beach Boy ...
Ice Cube and DJ Drama crown local artist, D. Brown, center, the Coldest MC in Dallas, at the first search for the Coldest 2013 artist showcase, held at the AT&T Plaza at the American Airlines Center. D. Brown was one of two MCs selected by fans to compete in Dallas, and will now have the chance to compete against aspiring MCs from across the country during the semifinals in Atlanta. Photo by Family Features

DJ Drama said that participants needed to come with great lyrics.

“I’m looking for lyrics. I’m looking for when you get in that freestyle battle, and I give that beat, you go in. If I’m gonna talk that talk on that tape, I really need the coldest MC,” DJ Drama said.

To enter the contest, participants were asked to upload one original track to a “channel” on the website. Each tour city had a channel.

Songs could not be obscene, sexually explicit, or degrading towards any gender, racial, religious or age group. Profanity and the promotion of illegal drugs, tobacco, weapons, dangerous and/or illegal activities and political agendas were prohibited as well.

Anyone at least 21 years old could vote on the songs. For each city, a panel of judges selected the top two songs from the selected five. Judging criteria was based on originality, lyrics, melody, entertainment value and presentation.

Creators of the top two songs were invited to freestyle battle each other for a live performance in the respective tour city. Crowd members determine the winners at each event. The winners are deemed semi-finalists and become eligible to compete in Atlanta or Chicago for the chance to become finalists.

For the video challenge, judges determined winners from the top five songs for each area. Finalists from the video challenges, Atlanta and Chicago will compete for the grand prize at the concluding event in New York on August 1.

Beach Boy and D. Green landed on the top of Dallas’ picks. Both had an opportunity to state why they believed they would win the contest.

“I feel like I am the coldest MC, because I got the lyrics, the charisma, and the swag,” D. Green bragged.

“I feel like I’m the coldest MC because I bring something different to the table every time when I drop a song. I’m a whole different breed,” Beach Boy boasted.

Both freestyle-battled for two rounds, with each having to freestyle for 30 seconds both rounds. During the first round, each did well. However, during the second round, Beach Boy couldn’t think of any rhymes mid-way through his 30 seconds.

After the battle, they had to perform their strongest 16 bars. They then had to perform their original songs.

As votes were being tallied to see who won, Ice Cube performed his hit songs It Was a Good Day and You Can Do It.

Bun B performed UGK’s Let Me See It, and his own songs, Pushin, Draped Up, and Get Throwed.

Juicy J was scheduled to perform but did not attend the event. Instead, Treal Lee and Prince Rick came and sang their popular song, Throwed Off.

In the end, D. Green was chosen as the winner. He will go on to represent Dallas at the finals in Atlanta.