Forget American Idol! Showtime Television and Interscope Records are looking for America’s next great rapper. Loosely described as a reality version of the rap battles in the movie 8 Mile, The Next Episode’ follows the trials and triumphs of undiscovered rappers from across America struggling to become the country’s top MC. In each city, the field has been narrowed down from hundreds of rappers to the top two battlers striving to be the “next.” Each one-hour episode will showcase two emcees in their respective cities (Atlanta, Los Angeles, Detroit, Philadelphia and New York) in a lyrical war, ending in a final battle in front of peers, with special guest DJ’s and MCs officiating. The series will culminate with a massive winner-takes-all freestyle rap battle showdown finale in Los Angeles.

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