As I’m sure many of you know, Madden NFL 12 dropped on store shelves Tuesday (August 30) of this week. We’re pretty hardcore Madden fans here at Complex. Have you seen our extensive list of the franchise's most dominant characters over the years? Yeah, pretty hardcore. What a better way of celebrating EA’s newest football game (and our fandom) than a friendly competition?

Complex and a team of three rappers (to be named later) will be going head-to-head in a Madden NFL 12 tournament with hip-hop sites,, and HipHopDX on September 12 here at Complex HQ.

Don’t be afraid to get involved. We want to hear who you’re rooting for on Twitter. If you want to participate in some smack talk against the opposing teams, don’t forget to instigate using the hashtag #MaddenBattle. We’ll certainly be there to cheer on senior editor Justin Monroe and our crew of rappers.

Of course, this wouldn’t be a real tournament without a serious trophy to seal the victory. The champion will take home a blinged-out Gabe Urist-designed "Superbowl"-esque ring and, of course, the priceless gamer bragging rights.

We’ve got Levi Maestro on hand to document all the highlights of this battle so you can get a recap video posted on the week of September 16. Let the smack talking, team rooting, all-out battling begin!