William Manzano Serrano aka "Yartzi" wins against Jordi Esparza
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Everything You Need to Know about Red Bull Batalla: US Finals & Livestreams

USA Qualifier Day and National Final dates are set. Get ready to tune in!
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UPDATE JUNE 30, 2021: The dates for the Red Bull Batalla USA 2021 competition live streams are here! The USA Qualifier Day and National Final will take place in August and September. Tune in to see the best freestyle MCs in the country compete for a chance to represent the USA in the World Final.
Each competition will be live streamed from the Red Bull Batalla channels, so mark your calendars and see below for more information.
Want to get to know the qualifier MCs for Red Bull Batalla 2021 in the USA? Watch highlights from the application videos that MCs submitted via the Red Bull Batalla app and get ready for a fierce competition
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Red Bull Batalla USA 2021 Application Highlights
USA Qualifier Day
On August 12, the 36 USA Qualifier MCs will have their 1vs1 battle clips reviewed by a special judges panel of former Batalla competitors Tito Yang and Kim MC and Cuban rapper, El B. Each MC will be judged on their individual talent, and the top MCs will be selected to compete in the USA National Final.
Learn more about the Red Bull Batalla Qualifier format here.
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Get Ready
USA National Final
On September 18, the top 16 MCs in the country will converge on Los Angeles to compete for glory in the USA National Final. Each MC will need to bring their best freestyle improvisation skills to every battle to advance through the competition bracket. Only one MC will be crowned USA National Champion, advancing to the World Final!
Yartzi claims his second-consecutive Red Bull Batalla Championship in 2020
Yartzi claims his second-consecutive Red Bull Batalla Championship in 2020
ORIGINAL STORY JUNE 16: Red Bull Batalla is underway in the United States! After an impressive application phase where rappers from across the country submitted their best freestyle videos, the list of qualifying MCs who will compete for a spot in the USA National Final is officially here.
Applications submitted from 37 states and Puerto Rico demonstrated the top freestyle MCs in the country flexing their skills for a chance to move to the next round. From the submissions, 36 MCs have been selected to move on to the Qualifier phase.
The Qualifier phase will pit competitors face-to-face in battles captured in Austin, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York. Each battle will feature two MCs battling 1vs1, showcasing their unstoppable energy. The 1vs1 battles will be reviewed by a special panel of judges and broadcasted live on the official Red Bull Batalla Twitch channel in August.
The judges will evaluate the talent and skills of the MCs, and will decide if one, both, or none of the competitors is selected to move on to the USA National Final. Judges will assess the freestyle ability of each individual MC, and not who beats whom. That’s right, there is no “winner” from each of the qualifier battles.
During the Qualifier Twitch stream, only 13 rappers will be selected to compete in the National final, joining confirmed US Finalists Yartzi, Dilema, and Jordi who secured the top 3 spots in the 2020 USA National Final.
Jordi, Yartzi, and El Dilema in 2019
Jordi, Yartzi, and El Dilema in 2019
What can you expect to see?
The 2021 USA National Final will see the return of 11 top performing MCs, and a class of 25 MCs who are competing in Batalla USA for the first time ever. With so many new faces, there are bound to be some new fan favorites.
See below for the full list of USA MCs who will battle for a chance to advance to the National Final, bringing them one step closer to the World Final!
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Where can you watch the USA Qualifier battles?
The US Qualifier Twitch stream will take place in August on the Red Bull Batalla Twitch channel, featuring all 36 qualifier MCs and our judges panel.
Jordi Esparza
Jordi Esparza
• JAY_CO – Yonkers, NY
• Zeu – North Bergen, NJ
• MAU – West New York, NJ
• Adonys – New York, NY
• Chester – San Diego, CA
• Snow – Denver, CO
• El Poeta – Phoenix, AZ
• Boss – Los Angeles, CA
• RuRa – Las Vegas, NV
• Maluque – Oxnard, CA
• Pharaon – Las Vegas, NV
• Stu – Los Angeles, CA
• Eckonn – Orlando, FL
• OG Frases – Miami, FL
• Nico B – Miami, FL
• Reverse – Orlando, FL
• Animal – Miami, FL
• Levi – Miami, FL
• G.I.O – Houston, TX
• Magimbri – San Antonio, TX
• Cuban – McAllen, TX
• Zazo Wan – Dallas, TX
• J Luna – Las Cruces, NM
• Faby – Lewisville, TX
• Freites – Orlando, FL
• Pich1to – Miami, FL
• Mc Betho – Irving, TX
• Klaze – Miami, FL
• Kcique – Miami, FL
• Pazy – Miami, FL
• Heavy Bars – Miami, FL
• ONER – Tamarac, FL
• PIWIE – Puerto Rico
• Jahn Alenó – Ponce, PR
• Luis Alenó – Ponce, PR
• Link One – San Juan, PR
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