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             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 .
] History

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. [3]

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"[4]. 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 [5].

      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 judges

   Show presenters

   Musical D Js

   Clubs rentals

   Camera men

   Stage decorations



   Web page

   Lighting effect




] 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 [6]. 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

population [7].