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VIDEO: Boston rap critic housed in freestyle battle

In 2004, Esquire's Scott Rabb was struck by what he later described as "the worst idea I've ever had": the fiftysomething writer decided to go several rounds with the female boxer Ann "Brown Sugar" Wolfe, a 33-year-old ex-con. In his article "Last Tango in Cleveland," Rabb describe how, despite some serious training, he went on to get his ass handed to him by a girl.

This, in turn, was the inspiration for our own Chris Faraone, rap critic extraordinaire, to vault over the traditional barrier between critic and performer: to climb on stage at the Leedz Edutainment rap battle and compete as a freestyler, knowing quite well that he would likely get smashed to pieces. The piece Faraone wrote about this experience -- which included training with some of Boston's finest local battle-rhymers, who took pity on him -- is probably the most hysterical thing we've published, ever.

And now we can bring you -- thanks to our pals at VIMBY, who were following Chris around with a camera -- the video version, as Faraone takes to the Jam'n 94.5 studios to wreck shop against Ramiro & Pebbles' intern. (The original idea was for Chris to battle Akrobatik on the air, but Akro came down with a head cold or some shit.)

If, after watching the above, you feel the need to listen to the entire Jam'n clip -- and believe us, you will, you can grab it right here:

DOWNLOAD: Chris Faraone vs. JAM'N 94.5 intern (mp3)

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