FACE OFF NIGERIA BATTLE
ADENIYI ABIODUN ADEDEJI
All GLORY TO GOD ALMIGHTY
Background to the show
Freestyle rap is an improvisational form of rapping,
performed with few or no previously composed lyrics, which
is said to reflect a direct mapping of the mental state and
performing situation of the artist. It is non-scripted, non-
rehearsed, uncut, and the rawest form of hip-hop. Artists
will often refer to places and objects in their immediate
setting. Freestyle rapping forces an individual to think on
the spot, describe their surroundings, and, to a certain
degree, rap uncensored from what is inside. It is similar in
this sense to improvisational music or acting and draws
comparisons to improvisational jazz in particular.
Freestyles are performed a cappella, over beat boxing and
over instrumental versions of recorded hip hop songs.
Impromptu, non-narrative raps in this style are often called
freestyles even if entirely pre-written and memorized. Note
that a degree of improvisation will commonly remain in the
latter two cases, since the performer usually must match the
syncopation of his rhymes to the rhythm provided in real
On like any other rap show in the world, street face off as been the
most recognized show by street youth. The show help to show case
raw rapping talent on youth who are ready to freestyle there rap.
The main idea behind face off Nigeria battle is to improve the
Nigerian rapping battle and also to get the youth of street problems.
In Nigeria the same idea will be used to put together the best rap
show in Africa, also its will be an avenue for young rapper to show
case there talent and which to get to the next level in Nigerian
rapping entertainment .
Freestyle rapping is generally believed to have originated in the East Coast
hip hop scene in the late 1970s. The earliest MCs would spit freestyle lyrics
at parties to pump up the crowd; from this, freestyle battles began to
emerge. Perhaps the earliest and most famous freestyle battle was in
December 1982 when Cool Moe Dee challenged Busy Bee Starski. 
Busy Bee was known for his chants of "What's your zodiac sign?" and
other crowd pleasers that had been originated a few years before by other
Freestyle battles sometimes bring mainstream attention to previously
unknown rappers. This type of rapping also proves useful when an
argument arises between two rappers. A diss can include attacks on
credibility, threats of violence, or simply bragging that one is better than
the other. Disses can also be recorded over the rival rapper's beat to add
further disrespect. Allegations of sleeping with another rapper's
significant other have become increasingly popular in disses (such as 2Pac
is claiming to have slept with Baggie’s wife or Jay-Z claiming to have slept
with Nas' baby's mother). Many times the audience wants to hear an
immediate response from the two people involved in the conflict. This
makes way for so-called freestyle records. One artist takes a beat that is
already out in the mainstream, and raps over it so that they can quickly
put something out to insult the other rapper involved.
Due to the improvised nature of freestyle, rules for meter and rhythm are
usually more relaxed than in conventional rap. Many artists base their set
on the situation and mental state, but have a ready supply of prepared
lyrics and rhyme patterns they can use as filler or even around which they
can build their set. Often, free styling is done in a group setting (called a
cypher) or as part of a freestyle battle. In these cases, freestyle verses are
often prepared in the rapper's head as the other rappers in the cypher or
the opponent in the battle take their turn. Free styling is also often used by
many rappers when beginning to write a song, in order to get a feel for the
beat and to brainstorm lyrical ideas.
Well known and highly accomplished freestyles Supernatural appeared on
the DVD "Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme" and said that reading both a
standard and a rhyming dictionary helped him improve his freestyle ability
and his vocabulary.
About the show
"Battling" redirects here. You might also have been looking for battle.
A freestyle battle is a contest in which two or more rappers compete or
battle each other using freestyle rap. Each competitor's goal is to 'diss'
their opponent through clever lyrics. As hip-hop evolved in the early-80,
MCs gained their fame through live battles with other MCs. Freestyle
battles can take place anywhere: street corners, on stage at a concert, or in
A live audience is critical to a freestyle battle. Each MC must use skill and
lyrical ability to not only 'break down' his or her opponent, but to convince
the audience that they are the better rapper. Appointed judges have been
used in formal contests, but even when no winner is announced, the
rapper who receives the best audience response is viewed as the victor. In
addition, it is considered an act of dishonor to recite written and
memorized raps in a battle, because it shows the rapper to be incapable of
'spitting' spur-of-the-moment lyrics.
The cipher is the crowd which forms around the battles, consisting of
spectators and onlookers. This group serves partly to encourage
competition and partly to enhance the communal aspect of rap battles. The
cipher is known for “making or breaking reputations in the hip hop
community; if you are able to step into the cipher and tell your story,
demonstrating your uniqueness, you might be more accepted". These
groups also serve as a way for messages about hip hop styles and
knowledge to be spread, through word-of-mouth and encouraging trends
in other battles .
Face off Nigerian battle will be a regional show that will help to
show case Nigerian raw rap talent in different categories in different
location zones in Nigeria and grand finally in Lagos, where all the
final contestant will battle to find the best street rapper in Nigeria.
This show will be done in various selected region in Nigeria
contestant will have to purchase a form to register them to
participate in the show.
In each location particular there will be face off battle, not only the
face off street rap that will be show case, there will be other like,
. Fastest rap time
. Best rap vocal
. Best rapping lyrics
. Best rap composer
All this categories any other categories will be used to select the best
street rapper in Nigeria.
Before the grand finally in Lagos winners of all zonal categories
will have close up interview in there hood and also to showcase how
the runs things at home.
Musical D Js
] Recent history
Freestyles have been mostly an underground phenomenon since the
early nineties, partly due to rap lyrics becoming considerably more
complex in terms of rhyme scheme and meter. Furthermore, many
rappers often deliver standalone written verses on radio shows that
are referred to or labelled on records or on file sharing programs as
freestyles, which has somewhat distorted the meaning of the term.
There is often confusion as to whether or not "freestyle verses" are
in fact free styled, with many rappers' written lyrics being simple
enough to seem free styled and many of the best freestyle’s'
improvised lyrics being complex and confident enough to seem
In the early 21st century, free styling (particularly freestyle battling)
experienced resurgence in popularity of sorts as successful freestyle
battle competition TV shows were shown by both BET and MTV. In
addition, Eminem's movie 8 Mile brought the excitement of the
freestyle battle to mainstream movie audiences. Freestyle Friday is a
watered-down battle segment on BET's popular show 106 & Park.
Two rappers compete in a freestyle battle before the studio audience
and three celebrity judges (the DJ sometimes acts as the 3rd judge).
Each competitor alternates free styling for 30 seconds in each of the
two rounds (originally only 1 round when the segment first began).
The rappers are not allowed to use profanities or sexually suggestive
lyrics, punishable by disqualification. After the battle, the judges
decide the winner, per majority vote.
Traditionally, a battle usually takes place before live audiences.
Recently, however, the Internet has been used as a forum to hold
online battles. Proponents of this developing art form that some call
"text" say that the Internet provides a safe environment for artists to
practice their skills. Without being hindered by beats, an online
writer (or 'netcee') may use the full range of their imagination and
vocabulary in a battle. When the online writer is writing everything
that comes into their head, this is often called a "key style".
In Cuba, freestyle battles often follow organized concerts and
juxtapose composed songs with ‘flowing’ lyrics that are relevant to
the present situation . Free styling can allow audience members
to integrate into the performance stage. This provides a forum for
up-and-coming underground artists to engage in a musical
discussion with already prominent underground Cuban rappers.
Freestyle battles often turn political when artists incorporate
perspectives on social disparities and issues plaguing the Cuban