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Atlanta rapper Sharaya J on ‘The Four’ battling both breast cancer and opponents

She easily took down her first challenger

Originally posted Friday, June 15, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Atlanta’s Sharaya J is battling stage 2 breast cancer and doing chemo treatments while competing on “The Four” Thursday night.

She proceeded to take down her first opponent week two rapper James Farrow, 25, from Minneapolis. 

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“Sharaya, you’re up there looking like a snack,” he said before his first rap, a cover of “Lean Back.”  

“I want to see another one,” DJ Khaled said. 

“I see potential,” Sean “Diddy” Combs said. 

He received all three judges’ yes.

He immediately challenged Sharaya, the one rapper among the quartet. 

“I’ll show ya why I got this seat here,” she said. 

She grew up with hip-hop in her family: her dad was part of Double X PosseMissy Elliott became her mentor. As a result of chemo, she is now bald.

“I’m chasing the dream and fighting for my life,” she said. Right after the first week, she had to fly to Atlanta to get chemo. 

“I am a survivor and a fighter and I will be sitting in one of those chairs until the end,” she declared. 

Her rap is intense and goes straight at Farrow. “This is my seat and that ain’t gonna change,” she rapped at the end. His second rap is quick and clean and he even throws in a “Bye Sharaya! 

The judges were impressed. Judge Meghan Trainor noted that she couldn’t hear at the beginning but ended up.

“She won the dance off but I got the bars,” Farrow declared. “Bar for bar, I’m killing everyone out here.” 

The crowd booed. His arrogance backfired. 

DJ Khaled was on Sharaya’s side: “You’re a fighter for your life. You’re a fighter on this stage. If she don’t win, I’m out.” He then added to Farrow: “Don’t disrespect nobody on this stage... She got a lot of bars. I love you’re confident. But you’ve got to be humble and grateful.” 

Diddy: “You’re an inspiration.”

She had the audience in her pocket and the audience gave it to Sharaya. 

“I appreciate the love,” she said. 

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