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Behind the Eli Porter Rap Battle: Is This the First Meme Documentary?

A new short film digs deep into the most infamous amateur rap battle in internet history.

In 2003, at Chamblee Charter High School in Chamblee, Georgia, a rap battle went down between students Eli Porter and "Envy." By all accounts it was very bad, from the rapping to the lighting to the unenthusiastic host. But the star of the mess was Eli Porter, whose weak stop-and-start rhyming efforts quickly became meme legend: the William Hung of hip hop.

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