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Trueno, Bizarrap and Lit Killah, the young jurors of the Batalla de los Gallos Argentina 2020

The young jurors will be responsible for choosing the freestyler who will represent Argentina in the next Red Bull Batalla de los Gallos Internacional

The key date is Saturday, November 21, when the thirteenth edition of Red Bull Argentina is launched, the most important freestyle championship in the country. This time it will come with changes and news, such as its streaming format, the lack of public due to social isolation and the choice of its young judges: Thunder, the last winner of the competition, Lit Killah, one of the figures of the local trap and Bizarrap, one of the most recognized producers of the moment

Despite their young age, all three names emanate experience. With several years in the freestyle scene, each one from his place was able to experience firsthand the progress that it had, managing to leave the squares to reach the most important stages of the country. This makes the jury appointment not surprising, but rather affirming the weight and journey of the new generation.

“From guachín I dreamed of Red Bull, in any sense. I dreamed of winning it and when I did I felt the most accomplished chabón in the world. It was my dream. I saw Red Bull the way I saw the Powers Rangers when I was five years old, ”says Trueno enthusiastically. For his part, Lit Killah, who was already a jury for the Spanish Red Bull, points out that it will be a fun experience, given that only the three of them are on the jury and “they already know each other.

In 2019, Trueno established himself as the youngest champion of the competition In 2019, Trueno established himself as the youngest champion of the competition

The one who points a little further when talking about this appointment is Bizarrap: “When they asked me to be a jury it seemed to me something quite historical. They told me it was going to be the three of us and I liked the idea of ​​being part of this renovation. We are the three of this new generation that is coming out of music and freestyle ”. At the same time, with his characteristic calm, he indicates that despite not being a freestyler “I started there” before starting his successful sessions.

—Do you think this jury appointment marks a before and after for the new generation of the scene?

Lit killah: Yes, I see that before and after. I think that even though we have not been sworn in many times, we are prepared. It’s a matter of judgment and knowing how to rap and know the scene. Bah, you don’t even need to know how to rap … Bizarrap also knows a lot because it comes from the same time that we all come, when we started rapping out of nowhere, as guachines in the plaza. We know what the under is, what the big leagues are … both sides of the coin. Maybe we have an experience point of view that helps us to choose the person who will win this Red Bull.

Thunder: I think no one is going to understand it more than people who were born from within, like the three of us. Both Lit, like me, who rapped in the fifth, and Biza who was present at those times and participates in a lot of things that have to do with the music scene and freestyle. Beyond starting to count or score points in a battle… I feel that the three of us have more of a fighting instinct and the knowledge of going to squares, of knowing how to rap, when one is more mischievous than the other. Know when he gets more wrapped up in an idea and struggles to pull off a super elaborate rhyme. We know that because we did it and we saw it. I feel like it’s going to turn out quite natural.

Lit Killah was the jury of the Red Bull Spain 2019, which Zasko won Lit Killah was the jury of the Red Bull Spain 2019, which Zasko won

Bizarrap: That they give rise to this new generation is an honor for all three and for the culture, it is something important. This situation and these events that happen for me advance the professionalism of the scene. I feel super happy and proud.

Lack of public, a key factor in competition

His premieres as a Red Bull Argentina jury will be within a special context, since the competition will lack a key seasoning: the public. “I feel that the competitors are going to be much less nervous, more in their own right, there will even be a higher level. The kids are going to break it and we are going to be a little more focused on what we are going to vote on, ”says Lit Killah.

Bizarrap sees the public as “fundamental”, and points out that everything will be different due to the lack of euphoria. Despite this, the producer makes it clear that several battles could already be observed in this context and that they showed that the competitors are doing well. Thunder as a fighter feels that the people below the stage are key. However, he believes that this competition will be “more cypher”, without so much punchline, something that will allow to see more the skill of the participants.

At 22, Bizarrap is one of the most successful producers in the country At 22, Bizarrap is one of the most successful producers in the country

– Why do you think Red Bull is the ideal format for a competitor to develop?

Lit Killah: I think that more than anything it is the question of the prestige of the competition. It is done once a year, all the rappers are waiting for her. How heavy it sounds to say “Red Bull Batalla de los Gallos”. The FMS seems like a fucking competition to me, but it’s more of the new generation. This is many years ago and practically every rapper saw someone there that motivated them to start rapping.

Thunder: I feel that winning it is like achieving the Argentine Cup, so people go with that hope of representing the country. Everybody wants to be in a Red Bull. It is sticking in freestyle. As for format, it is piola. I speak to you from my experience last year. Although there are themes, there are things for the competitors to improvise, to make it dynamic and have fun, but not so strict. I like to be a bit free and to be able to use the themes, but to be able to slap the other one … not having to think about “uh, I have to rhyme with this”, because I can deduct points.

Bizarrap: The format and the adrenaline of the rapper who is there… he knows that it is an opportunity. It’s that time in the year and then next year you don’t know if you’re going to be there. It’s like you have to put everything in for Red Bull. Beyond the format, the conditions that the rapper has, it’s like having to be 100% because you have a shot and if you didn’t take advantage of it, you went.

Trueno's session with Bizarrap became the most watched freestyle on YouTube with over 140 million views (Photo: Gianfranco Tripodo / Red Bull Content Pool) Trueno’s session with Bizarrap became the most watched freestyle on YouTube with over 140 million views (Photo: Gianfranco Tripodo / Red Bull Content Pool)

—What do you think is the DNA that the Argentine representative has compared to the other countries?

Lit Killah: I think that each country has its style, because not all of us grew up watching the same rappers and that is why everyone adopts their style. I think Argentina is something else. When I was in the Red Bull of Spain as a jury, the difference was noticed. There I said: “Ugh, what difference is there between Argentines and Spaniards.” Not in terms of level, because both countries have a lot. I’m talking about the difference when it comes to rapping. Spaniards, for example, always make a comparison to you: “You are like this, because this and this”. In Argentina they are all looser. Our naturalness, because of the music we listen to, is more than Flow. Because even the one who is starting now is more metriquero, pulls flow, pulls punchline… It puts you in a bit of everything.

Thunder: They are different ways of attacking freestyle too. In other countries the freestyle way is more sporty. More elaborate, more comparison and look for difficult rhymes. Here we are going to hurt the other, to kill, without thinking. I feel that there are very few here who try to give their freestyler technique 100 percent and care more about punching the other strong and it was. That’s good because I feel like it’s more natural. I liken it to boxing. They are not so concerned with technique, but with how they hit and make the other fall. Something that Argentina has is that it has very different characters with different characteristics. I always say that it looks like Mortal Kombat, because each one has its power and its flash. And when I see two different people battle it is very rare. Everyone has their abilities and anyone can win.

Bizarrap: I think with so many rappers coming out, people see them as a character. That explains a bit the success that Argentina’s battles had in other countries. In Mexico, Peru, Chile, Spain… everyone is a fan of Argentine freestyle. They know absolutely everything about every rapper here and that is why every time one travels they receive it as if they were in their own country. It was essential that each one have their own style, that people see them as Mortal Kombat characters and that they choose their favorite. I feel like that was key to the success of the battles.

Thanks to hits like Bufón and Flexin´, Lit Killah became one of the great references of Argentine trap Thanks to hits like Bufón and Flexin´, Lit Killah became one of the great references of Argentine trap

Remembering the past, looking at the future

The relationship of these three with the competition is strong and almost from the cradle. When remembering past editions, everyone provides an anecdote and agrees that the one from 2015, which won Dtoke and had the remembered battle between Tata and Kcode, It was the best. “I remember that I left home at four in the afternoon… I was 15 years old. I went with three more friends. We took the bondi and got there first. We were there for two now and there was no one there ”, says Lit Killah with a laugh.

Trueno also adds an anecdote from when he went to a Batalla de los Gallos: “I think I was 12 years old at the time, I was a fan of battles. I went with my old man, and when I arrived there was a line a block and a half long. At the beginning of the line they were making a cypher and my old man told me ‘get in’. I got in and stayed there, strained ”. Bizarrap, for its part, does not forget that the former did not have live broadcasts and that he could not access them because he was under 18 years of age.

Before achieving success thanks to its sessions, Bizarrap made viral videos of freestyle battles Before achieving success thanks to its sessions, Bizarrap made viral videos of freestyle battles

. asks them if they want to compete and the rappers do not shy away from the answer. “The message is that I was going to go to this Red Bull, I prepared myself”, confesses Lit Killah. The author of hits like It’s over, Jester and Flexin, a theme he did together with his fellow juror, Bizarrap, explains: “I really wanted to compete. I first saw him Wos Winning and it gives you a kind of pride in knowing what the kids who started rapping with you represent. When I saw Thunder win I said ‘uh’. Wos won it, Thunder won it … I was part of that litter. That’s where I thought ‘that’s it, I’m going to practice and I’m going to sign up for this year’s Red Bull’. But hey, this quarantine thing happened and I was locked up for five months and we lost a lot of time ”. To conclude, he affirms that he does not want to leave without having tasted the pleasure of being in a Batalla de los Gallos.

Trueno says that he was offered a lot of battles to carry out this year, where he dedicated himself fully to his musical career. “I’m waiting to fight, but with an audience,” he says. However, he does not close the door to return to a competition: “I really want to compete and appear there from time to time. Being in a team competition or doing an exhibition battle. I’m waiting, I keep freestyle even if people don’t see me. I’m going to show up there. “

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