March 1, 2023 (Santa Monica, CA) – Fresh off a record-breaking 2022 edition,the new season of the world’s biggest Spanish-language freestyle rap competition, Red Bull Batalla, kicks off today with the applications opening worldwide. Now through March 31st, interested MCs are invited to show their skills and apply for a chance to compete for the title of Red Bull Batalla World Champion at the World Final event in Colombia this December. 

Open to all countries simultaneously, those that wish to apply can upload their freestyle submission video in Spanish via the Red Bull Batalla app (in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store) by March 31st. For U.S.-based applicants, this will give them the opportunity to be selected to compete in one of three stateside Red Bull Batalla qualifier events this season.  

Submissions for the 2023 global application phase will be reviewed by a panel of judges comprised of industry notables and veteran freestyle MCs from across the Spanish-speaking music landscape. Applicants deemed ready to advance to the next phase will compete in a series of regional cups and qualifier events across the country. Throughout these exciting proceedings, aspiring MCs will compete in one-on-one knockout battles to show off their best rhymes, wordplay, stage presence and more in hopes of advancing.  

The top 16 contenders from the qualifier phase will then travel to the U.S. National Finals in November to battle it out for the title of 2023 Red Bull Batalla National Champion. After the U.S. National Finals, all eyes fall to December’s World Final in Colombia where one winner will be crowned the new 2023 Red Bull Batalla World Champion. This final battle will be particularly exciting for U.S. fans because, for the first time in Batalla history, twonational champions will represent the U.S. in the final round as the future U.S. champion will join 2022 title holder OneR in Colombia.  

For more info on the Red Bull Batalla 2023 application process and a preview of what’s ahead this season, visit the website. 

Since 2005, Red Bull Batalla has provided a platform for the best hip-hop improvisers in the Spanish-speaking world to connect, develop and compete. After going virtual due to the pandemic, Red Bull Batalla’s 2020 International Final was the most-watched live music event of the year (source). Last December, the 2022 International Final was hosted at the historic Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City. Mexico’s national champion Aczino took the title, making history as the competition’s first-ever triple World Champion. To relive the incredible moment, rewatch Azcino’s historic third world title win on ViX.  

To relive additional 2022 highlights, visit Red Bull Batalla on YouTube and Red Bull TV.  

For any media requests, to speak with previous winners or to understand more about Red Bull Batalla, please get in touch or visit here

For photos from Red Bull Batalla, head over to Red Bull Content Pool.  


Red Bull Batalla is a global freestyle rap competition that, since 2005, has provided a platform for the best hip hop improvisors in the Spanish-speaking world to connect, develop and compete. Within the last few years, the Red Bull founded project has become the world’s biggest international freestyle battle competition, uniting Spanish speaking Latin America and Spain. The roots of this improvised rap scene are as deeply connected to hip hop as they are to the improvisation styles of traditional folk troubadours. It has evolved into a style completely distinct from that of hip hop in North America. With Batalla, Red Bull gives an opportunity for young MCs to train, perform and improve their improvisation and rapping skills. 


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Sarah Huerta 

Red Bull North America 

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Matt Draper 

M&C Saatchi Sport and Entertainment North America 

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