For the third consecutive year energy drink company Red Bull is sponsoring the Red Bull Batalla de los Gallos (The Red Bull Rooster Battle), a contest for Spanish speaking freestyle MCs.

The first round of the battle takes place Sept. 9 at Ibiza Nightclub in the Bronx. The top eight emcees, chosen by a panel of hip-hop industry experts, advance to the final round of the U.S. competition, to be held Sept. 23 in New York. In turn, the U.S. champion will compete in the international final taking place in Venezuela on Oct. 27.

The Batalla de Los Gallos was created as a platform to pinpoint and develop Latin hip-hop and distinguish it from its American and European counterparts. The competition attracts MCs from throughout Latin America.

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