Rap Olympics

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The Rap Olympics is a free-style rap event which was created and first begun in March 1993, in East Orange, New Jersey by Gregory Thomas of Nubian Recordings which consisted of a three state competition: PA, NJ and NY.


The original Rap Olympics showcase was held at club Zanzibar in Newark NJ in 1993. A different version was first held October 24, 1997, in Los Angeles near LAX airport. The winner of the event would receive $500 and a Rolex watch.[1] In 1997, the rapper Otherwize won, with Eminem coming in second place.[2] Although Eminem lost the battle, an impressed Interscope Records employee brought a copy of Eminem's Slim Shady EP demo tape back to Jimmy Iovine who then played it for Dr. Dre, which ultimately resulted in him signing Eminem to Dre's record label, Aftermath.[3]

The Rap Olympics were revived in 2007.


  1. ^ Hasted, Nick. The Dark Story Of Eminem.
  2. ^ Fletcher, Alex. "Ten Things You Never Knew About Eminem". Digital Spy. May 20, 2009. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/showbiz/news/a156298/ten-things-you-never-knew-about-eminem.html
  3. ^ Barshad, Amos. "Q&A: Producer Jeff Bass on Discovering Young Eminem: 'He Was Sitting on the Toilet, and He Came Up With the Alter Ego'". Grantland. November 6, 2013. http://www.grantland.com/blog/hollywood-prospectus/post/_/id/91782/qa-producer-jeff-bass-on-discovering-young-eminem-he-was-sitting-on-the-toilet-and-he-came-up-with-the-alter-ego