As far as I know, a "freestyle battle" is basically improvisational rap being recited off of the top of the head, meaning it wasn't written beforehand and then memorized. It is used to show how much skill one artist has over another competitor. These days, I check out freestyle battles and I notice that the artists will have something written, but try to pass it off as a "freestyle". Case in point: (skip to 0:26 to get past the intro)
The kid on the right does his best to insult the opponent on the left. The audience clearly gives away the the fact that the artist on the right actually wrote his lyrics beforehand as they recite pieces of his bars. The artist on the left does his best at an actual freestyle (meaning you could tell his bars aren't written). Unfortunately, the judges give the title to the kid on the right.
Is it just me, or do they actually know what "freestyle is" and they are following the rules accordingly, or are they really on some wackness? Personally, I vote the latter. Any thoughts on this?