Omaha's rappers trade rhymes (and insults) in heated battles

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Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2014 12:00 am

Sometimes rap battles in Omaha get so intense, it seems as if the rappers may stop talking and start throwing punches. But the founders of the Central Battle Association swear it's all for show.

Battle rap is a blend of poetry, hip-hop and theater. Competitors spend a month or more thinking up the best insults possible to hurl at their opponents. On the day of the battle, they must recite these raps but also respond off-the-cuff to their opponents' rhymes. It's a kind of insult poetry, performed a capella in front of a crowd.

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