People’s Champion: Behind the Battle

I missed it when it was making the rounds, but apparently way back in 2003 the very amateur video of a high school rap battle involving a student with disabilities went viral and brought recognition to one Eli Porter. Eli had a rough start and made a few mistakes during the competition, but the originality of his rhymes won him the support of most viewers. Years later, the above mini-documentary tracked down the original participants in “Iron Mic: Eli Porter vs. Envy” to make sense of the stunning reversal.

Below, the original video that started it all:


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