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Rap battles have been around since the 5th century. ‘Flyting’ was a ritual where two people competed by exchanging insults in poetic verse, much like modern, freestyle battles between rappers. The insults were often provocative, and people accused each other of cowardice and sexual perversion. 

(Source, Source 2, Source 3)