Eyedea tells Andrew Asch of OC Weekly that he considers rap battles nothing but a waste of rhyme. “After the first, I never had fun,” Eyedea admits. The 21-year-old prefers the wordplay and storytelling of freestyle to humiliating his fellow MCs. “Freestyling is the key to my freedom. Freestyling is jazz; it’s about developing this beautiful thing. Battling is similar, but minus the freedom. There’s the objective of kicking somebody’s ass, but it’s more like basketball, not jazz. It’s an artistic sport.” Read more.