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Jim Jones vs. Machine Gun Kelly – Rap Battle

Jim Jones Machine Gun Kelly Rap Battle

Today we kick off the launch of Rap Battle, where we take two new songs and let you decide which one advances to the next round to ultimately land in our Hall of Fame. From lyrics to production to artistry and flow, these are all things to consider when voting for your winner.

In our first ever Rap Battle, we’ve paired Jim Jones‘ ‘Green Light Go,’ featuring Swizz Beatz, and Machine Gun Kelly‘s ‘Started From the Bottom (Freestyle). Both have addictive beats but very different story lines.

Jones’ ‘Green Light Go,’ which released earlier this week, samples a bit of Dr. Dre‘s 1999 hit ‘The Next Episode’, and takes us into the world of spending lots of cash and partying all night long. Enlisting Swizz Beatz to help on the hook, ‘Green Light Go’ is currently a stand-alone single, but hopefully it’ll be part of a bigger project that the rapper will release in the near future.

“I bought so many bottles I’ma need another section / Blood was on the shoes like the Fever is PMS-ing (ill!) / Bad redbone, Farentino clutches / V-12 automatic Lamborghini clutching,” Jones raps.

Kelly’s ‘Started from the Bottom (Freestyle)’ is a new version to release since Drake originally released it less than a week ago. Wiz Khalifa, Soulja Boy and Fat Trel previously did their own versions of the song. Like all the remixes that preceded it, Kelly talks about the struggle he went through trying to make it — definitely the opposite of what Jones was celebrating on his track. “Started from the bottom, now we here / Courtside you would think I was a Cleveland Cavalier / I’m talking 30,000 feet up in the air,” Kelly rhymes.

Will Jim Jones climb to the top? Or will Machine Gun Kelly dominate this Rap Battle? Vote for your favorite track in the poll below. Remember you can vote once per hour until the poll closes on Thurs., Feb. 14, at 10 a.m. ET.

Listen to Jim Jones’ ‘Green Light Go’ Feat. Swizz Beatz

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Listen to Machine Gun Kelly’s ‘Started From the Bottom (Freestyle)’

Rules of Rap Battle

Two hip-hop artists compete against each other each week. The triumphant artist goes on to compete in the next Rap Battle. If an artist wins four straight Rap Battles, the song will be honored as immortal in Rap Battle Hall of Fame.

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