El-P Selects Winner of Pokemon Freestyle Remix Contest

Run the Jewels rapper makes amends with contest after dissing 'Pokémon Go' players on Twitter

Run the Jewels has selected the winner of his 'Pokémon' freestyle remix contest. Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty, Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty

El-P has a complicated relationship with the Pokémon community. Over the weekend, he issued a series of tweets making fun of Pokémon Go players. Then he apologized with a half-hearted "freestyle" that professed his love of the franchise and challenged fans to a remix contest – with the winner earning a free shirt and hoodie. Now the Run the Jewels rapper has declared the winner: Scotland's Kip Cozy.

"When I hear pokeman rappin remixes all I feel is the overwhelming desire to pokeman with my entire community," El-P tweeted. "I want our whole community to win, and I believe it has," he continued in hilarious mock-solidarity. "But like with all whole community wins, only 1 person wins."

The contest began after El-P tweeted about the potential dangers of Pokémon Go, the ubiquitous mobile game that's developed into a cultural phenomenon. "I will laugh the second one of you gets hit by a car. or softly chuckle to myself. sadly. soft but sad," he tweeted. "Real shit someone is going to get accidentally maimed or killed off this pokemon shit," he continued, launching a streak of Poké-related messages. "I've gotten more negative feedback from the pokemon community than i have from trump supporters," he wrote. "I'm actually impressed."

After dissing fans a few more times, he joked about being "hacked" and resolved himself to "show [his] support" for a game that's "fun and cute and fun."

The funniest part of the entire ordeal is El-P's original "freestyle," posted on Instagram. "We are a community that likes to Pokéman [sic]," he raps, "and I'm just glad that I'm one of you."

 

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