Batalla de Los Gallos:
Hip Hop Battle in NY and Puerto Rico
9/1/05 - LatinRapper.com news / Perrealo Press Release
Can you experience nine
centuries of history in one night? Could you bring 4
continents together? Can urban become rural? Who will be the
winner? The answers will come soon in a tropical night that
will live in American and Latin American history.
Centuries ago in Africa a man arrived at a village and was
surrounded by all. They came to hear this visitor sing his
tales. History put to music in the words and sounds of a Griot.
The best Griots were held in the highest esteem by royalty and
Centuries ago in Spain a man arrived at a village and was
surrounded by all. They came to hear the troubadors tales of
heroics, power, war and intrigue set to music. Centuries ago
in the middle of the ocean two fighting cocks squared off in
the cockpit of a Spanish galleon. The enthusiasm of the
audience was fueled by the bets they placed with all the gold
going to the winnner. A simple pastime became a tradition for
the entire Latin American world.
Now these cultural traditions converge in one night in a
modern musical expression; a Pan-American freestyle emcee duel
rooted in the best Griot, troubador tradition but with all the
pomp and ceremony of a new world cockfight. Puerto Rico plays
host to the first Red Bull Batalla de los Gallos (Cockfight)
in the San Juan Cockfighting Arena. The duel will be part
cockfight and part pomp and circumstance to crown the new king
of hip-hop en Español. Emcees from all over the Spanish
speaking world; Mexico, Venezuela, Argentina, Colombia, Puerto
Rico, Spain and the United States will become modern day
griots and troubadors facing off in a single elimination
series in front of an international jury. 16 of the best the
Hispanic world has to offer will be on hand to fight for the
crown. Each encounter will follow the centuries old rules and
traditions of cockfighting.
More than 600 fans will be on hand to witness the action and
to cheer on their favorite and try to sway the judges
decision. Who will be left standing? Who will have the last
word? Who will the be the new king of el hip hop en español?
It will only take one night to find out.