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Jesse Thorn: “I have done stage improv, and I know that when it’s at its best, it’s kind of an amazing feeling of being present that I’ve never gotten anywhere else in my life. Does freestyling and battle rapping give you that feeling?”
Rhymefest: “You have all these thoughts in your head, and your brain is having to process them and get them down to your mouth in a legible way to be spoken, as this beat is going, as these people are looking. It can be a drug. It can give you tremendous confidence, or it can make you have to face your demons of low self-esteem or humility.” Listen Now.