Southern Rap Battle Rescheduled for Dec. 9

Southern Rap Battle Rescheduled for Dec. 9

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The following is a news release from The University of Southern Mississippi

The Southern Rap Battle originally scheduled for Friday, Nov. 11 has been rescheduled for Friday, Dec. 9, the night of the scheduled final round, due to complications caused by a stage malfunction. The event will be held in the Black Box Theater, also known as Hartwig Theatre, on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus. Admission is free.

On Dec. 9, three rounds will be held with the top two contestants competing for first and second place. Subsequent rounds will offer all other contestants the opportunity to compete in a battle back for third place.

Rap artists will be judged on lyrical content, music ability and stage presence. The top three rap artists will win studio time working with entertainment industry students from the School of Mass Communication and Journalism at Southern Miss. This project offers talented rap artists the opportunity to further their craft and hone their talents.

"With the emphasis on the arts on the Southern Miss campus, theater time is difficult to schedule, so this issue has caused us to compress the show having all rounds on Friday, Dec. 9," said Dr. Jon Pluskota, Southern Miss assistant professor and director of the Southern Rap Battle. "While not what the students had planned, this format will still offer our contestants the opportunity to share their talents in a competitive environment which meets our original purpose."

All promotional tickets that have been given out for the November date will still be accepted Dec. 9. The show is sponsored by South City Records and Golden Eagle Sound and Production. For more information on the Southern Rap Battle, visit or email Dr. Pluskota at