Styles P Judges MC Battle on Black Planet

ImageBlack Planet members with rap aspirations will have their chance to show and prove in the online social network's "Wired for Battle" MC contest.

From April 12 to April 19, members of the site can submit MP3s of original hip-hop they've created. Black Planet's music editors will select 50 semi-finalists from the pool of entries. Those 50 submissions will be loaded on a customized online music player dubbed the "Battle Player," and after May 3 other Black Planet members will be able to rate the songs during weekly elimination rounds. Each week in May the bottom 10 lowest-rated songs will be eliminated, until only five finalists remain.

Black Planet will fly the five "Wired for Battle" finalists to New York City for the final battle, to be held on Wednesday, June 21 and simultaneously broadcast live on blackplanet.com. That final battle will be decided by a panel of judges, including Ruff Ryders MC Styles P.

Throughout the competition Black Planet will conduct chats with hip-hop and R&B artists including Mary J.Blige, Pitbull and D-Roc of the Ying Yang Twins and Da Musicianz.

The grand prize winner of "Wired for Battle" wins a complete Pro Tools home recording system. Runners-up will receive a one year subscription to the Musicians Atlas online industry listings and contacts database.

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