After the huge success we celebrated with our ‘Battle for Your Vote‘ before the last elections, when we reached more than 3 million people on social media and got quite impressive press coverage (including BBC, WSJ, RTBF, ARTE and the likes), we are delighted that the European Parliament has invited us for a repeat during the European Youth Event (EYE) in the evening of June 1 in Strasbourg.
The concept: Four teams – each comprised of two Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from the same political party and a professional freestyle hip hop artist – duel on topics relevant to Europe today. During the freestyle hip hop battle, teams compete by rapping with music on a given topic, effectively debating the other team, going back and forth. The exact topics will be announced at the start of each battle.
The teams (MEPs / Rapper):
EPP: Tomas Zdechovsky, EvaMaydell (tbc) / Gramski (rapper)
S&D: Eva Kaili, Brando Benifei / Dekay
ALDE: DitaCharanzova, Angelika Mlinar / MC Angel
Greens: Karima Delli, Terry Reintke / Felman
MC / Host: Gardna DJ: Jack Corfield
Watch below the summary video of the rap battle:
Financial Times comment on the battle: https://www.ft.com/content/930f5590-63e8-11e8-90c2-9563a0613e56
EurActiv summary video :
Pictures on the European Parliament website: https://multimedia.europarl.europa.eu/en/european-youth-event-eye2018-battle-4-your-vote-a-political-rap-battle-artistic-performance-organise_20180531_EP_072099I_FMA_023_p#ssh
Pre-Teaser by Felman: https://youtu.be/_5F21w-Er5E