For more about the cities, battles, and featured MCs, visit Interscope’s website.
The excitement of hip-hop comes to Interscope Presents 'The Next Episode' on Showtime. Loosely described as a reality version of the rap contests 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 MC's–in their respective cities including 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 MC’s officiating. The series will culminate with a massive winner-takes-all freestyle rap battle in a final showdown in Los Angeles in the final episode.

Directed by Moses Edinborough (Yo! MTV Raps), Interscope Presents ‘The Next Episode’ will also tell the untold hip-hop history of major cities as revealed by local legends and famed rappers, including 50 Cent, Joe Budden, Wyclef, Clipse, Big Tigger, Nate Dogg, Bonecrusher, Gang Starr and Loon.


Check out a promo clip about the rappers competing to become the next superstars of hip hop!

An in-depth look
The Detroit Battle: Quest M.C.O.D.Y. Vs. J. Hill
And The Winner is...Quest M.C.O.D.Y... Check out his post battle interview!
Listen to what J Hill had to say
The Atlanta Battle: Ness Lee Vs. Ton Smoccon
And The Winner is...Ness Lee... Check out his post battle interview
Give a listen to Ton Smoccon's post battle thoughts as well!
The LA Battle: Spit Fiya Vs. Trek Life
And The Winner is...Spit Fiya... Check out his post battle interview
Give a listen to Trek Life's post battle thoughts as well!
The New York Battle: Chocolate Thai Vs. Diabolic
And The Winner is...Chocolate Thai... Check out her post battle interview
Give a listen to Diabolic's post battle thoughts as well!
The Philadelphia Battle: Young Blake Vs. LP
And The Winner is...Young Blake... Check out his post battle interview
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