Red Bull EmSee is an invitation-only battle series designed to find the best freestyle rappers in the country and give them a national platform to show their skills and earn acclaim. This year’s eight-city tour stops in Boston at Royale with Bun B playing master of ceremonies. Considered one of the most influential and skilled emcees of all time, Rakim, alongside Pharoahe Monch and Jean Grae, will be doing double duty as judges and performers.

The winner of the Boston qualifier Pat G advances to the Red Bull EmSee finals in Atlanta this fall, where all 2011 qualifiers will vie for the national championship and an opportunity to record with a headlining producer of their choice.

Here, Bun B, Jean Grae & Pharoahe Monch discuss the significance of this event & battling in general, as well as what they were looking for in the contestants.

Shot & Cut by Jav Martinez (@TheJavMart)

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