Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service
Rappers verbally spar at famous fighting venue in front of 11,000 roaring fans.
The playful phrases were flowing at the Red Bull Batalla de los Gallos World Final as the best Spanish speaking freestyle rappers went toe-to-toe.
In the capital’s Arena México, a venue famous for hosting the boxing at the 1968 Summer Games and more recently wrestling bouts, rappers from 11 different countries unleashed a torrent of abuse at each other to the roaring approval of the sold out crowd.
And the 11th edition of freestyle rap’s largest event was won by home favourite Aczino who clinched the title at his fourth attempt.
Aczino knocked out Spanish rival Arkano in the semi-finals before defeating Wos from Argentina in an epic final battle in which he rhymed and rapped around 160 insulting words per minute, around two-and-a-half words per second.
To put this into context, when in standard conversation it is thought most humans speak at an average pace of between 110-130 words per minute while the world record in a song was set in 2013 by Eminem who rapped at just over four words per second in his hit ‘Rap God’.
Aczino said: “I once thought that I might never get the win, but it finally happened. It’s been a lot of mental work.”
The battles were judged by a top-line jury consisting of René ‘Residente’ Pérez (puerta Rico), El B (Cuba), Dtoke (Argentina) and Mexican rappers Eptos Uno Danger.
Countries represented in the final
Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Spain, Mexico, Peru, Dominican Republic, Venezuela.
About Red Bull Batalla de los Gallos
Red Bull Batalla de los Gallos is an MC competition that since 2005 has given a stage to the best Spanish speaking hip hop freestylers. It has since become one of the most relevant international improv events, one that unites all Latin American countries and Spain. The 2018 edition of the International Finals of Red Bull Batalla de los Gallos will be held in Argentina.
Watch the final on Red Bull TV HERE.