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*BREAKING NEWS* - THE FOLLOWING BATTLES MAY NOT TAKE PLACE
Ill Will vs Real Deal
JC vs Rone
Big T vs Bender
Shotty Horroh vs Aye Verb
Osa vs RemyD
Rich Dolarz vs Loe Pesci
Official update from RapGrid's @JonReiss:
Reporting from Blackout on the afternoon before day 2 there's been a lot of talk about what battles will and will not go down. These reports change from hour to hour but the party line on a few of them has remained pretty much the same. Since only 5 battles took place last night BO4 will be back loaded with the majority of battles taking place tonight. The question is. which battles will go down. For each rapper mentioned below there's another rapper here that's supposed to battle them that we also won't get to see. Here's a few that may be in jeopardy.
King of the Dot deserves a lot of slack and respect for really working hard to counteract the Murphy's Law nature of these cancellation. They've really been hammering away to try and beat the odds.
Big T Vs. Bender- Big T and KOTD has been really trying to make this battle happen. A blizzard is apparently what's keeping him from getting to out of the states. For the past 2 days, this battle of all the potentially cancelled battles was the one people were saying had the best chance of happening. Last I heard, it's not likely Big T Vs. Bender will not go down this weekend, but perhaps soon after.
Aye Verb- I've been told there's a chance he might get to Canada in time for the event. Apparently it's an issue of Aye Verb receiving a passport in time, which he hasn't yet. The KOTD staff says that they will make his happen even if they have to do it on Monday. Aye Verb's opponent is in town for the week so the plan is to record it on Monday if they must and release it anyone who bought PPV or tickets ASAP.
Ill Will- Also put himself out there to try and get to Blackout. In fact he was willing to risk being held at the border upon return for the good of the culture. However, a recent video on YouTube has exacerbated his situation and made crossing the border to precarious for him at the moment.
Rich Dollaz- Was actually here in Toronto when he found out about a death in his family and had to fly right back. At first there was some question as to what really went down but this story has been verified as legitimate.
JC- This is new to me but I'm hearing he might be having some difficulty getting here, something about transportation. This is just a rumor at this point.
RemyD- This seems to have folks a bit perturbed. Remy had a car accident while QP was in the car, however, fans and spectators assert that the damage was light and didn't warrant pulling out of the event.
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This year has seen some of the most controversial, dynamic and exciting moments in the history of battle rap. Youtube subscription service based leagues were launched (and folded), Charlie Clips went SUPER ham, “bars” were finally heralded over “names,” Hollow returned from incarceration to battle Tsu Surf, Dizaster spit in Eurghs face and Arsonal un-CRIPified Charron just as fast as Daylyt made him one.
2013 was also the year of the bloggers: Jay Blac, Jon Rines, Angry Fan, Laura Tarsi, Dana, Mr. 250, War Room Sports, RapGrid, Queenzflip, Vladtv, TheSource.com (Jon Reiss), TOBattleblog, Unbias Review, RMBVA, OTBVA, Battlefix & more all held it down and made great contributions to the battle culture.
From the many entertaining battles and moments surrounding this culture over the past 365 (give or take) days, RapGrid has put together the dopest commentary you can read on battle rap in celebration of the new year; forget all of the politically correct lists catering to the most popular emcees and companies - THIS IS THE REAL.
*Note: This list includes videos ranging from dates 12/12 - 12/13*
The Scoop: As the “big stage” seemingly took a turn for the worse, “Bars Over Names” became a huge slogan fans adopted to help emcees with smaller names shine above some of their peers. These two definitely set the lyrical bar for newcomers to big leagues.
Standout Line: “You doin’ all you can do like Ryu, cause don’t all Ken do is moves like Ryu?” - HA Double
The Scoop: In of of the years best displays of pure lyrical talent, Nu Born seemed to resurrect himself from the ashes of obscurity that he was thrust into after a lackluster battle with Sco. This only added to the growing stock of Danja Zone, who became a force in 2013, as he fully took advantage of all opportunities placed in front of him.
Standout Line: “The machine gun Kelly, that mac Miller - they both spit like they supposed to be black but they not” - Danja Zone
The Scoop: Once in a while a battle comes out of no where that makes you say, “Hold on ... WHAT THE FUCK DID HE JUST SAY?!?!?!” The energy was through the roof, the punchlines were crazy, and the crowd was nuts. Best part? No one saw it coming.
Standout Line:“I’ll chop you into so many pieces your funeral will be on a conveyer belt” - Danny Myers
The Scoop: Main events are very tricky, as they can go one of two ways: a.) live up to the hype b.) suck terribly and waste everyone’s time/money. This battle may have seemed out of place to some, as both rappers are from the North East (US), but the Don’t Flop crowd assured every moment of this match would have you on the edge of your seat, as they were electric. Arsonal and DNA both showed why fans fell in love with their energetic styles years ago.
Standout Line: “She gave me disability that’s why I do shit so well, so if she’s retarded that might explain why I spit so well”
The Scoop: The first female battle in KOTD history was an instant classic - so anticipated that Drake himself went to great lengths to ensure that it went down. These two girls set a very high standard for women in one of the greatest battle moments of 2013.
Standout Line: “I’ll Blazer with 22 Rockets ... now Bonnie is Clyde” - Gattas
The Scoop:Dont Flop does a great job of theming matches, and this was definitely no exception to the rule as this “Bad Bars” battle ironically had some of the best bars of the year. Throw some gun fingers up for London *brrrap*
Standout Line: “Im great ... no wall of China” - Marlo
The Scoop: Inspired by Loaded Lux’s famous “battle on the roof ...” line, URL decided to throw a small group of battles on a roof and release the footage in black and white. If the interesting new look mixed with the great back-and-forth wasn’t enough, Lotta Zay ended the battle with one of the best lines in a history - a remix of Syahboy’s most famous line: Wiz Khalifa (Wiz Could-Leave-Ya.)
Standout Line: “When that ratchet blow your wiz could leave ya with her wig on the side missing like Amber Rose” - Lotta Zay
The Scoop: After Shotgun Suge pulled a no-show at World Domination 4, DNA stepped up to the plate a took a last-minute battle against Charron in what would be one of the most talked about battles of 2013. Perfectly timed freestyles, crazy rebuttals and a hype crowd not only made this a classic battle, but it took us back to the glory days of the sport where emcees would seamlessly integrate well prepared material with spur-of-the-moment observations that could swing the momentum of a close battle. Only 8 days prep ...
Standout Line: “I’m here to put DNA in someone else’s box like artificial insemination” - Charron
The Scoop: Illmaculate proved why he is a legend and Bigg K earned his status among battle rap’s elite in this epic clash of styles. The only words that can do this video justice are the ones spit by both emcees. Just watch.
Standout Line:“I’m bipolar - nice jab ... mean hook”
The Scoop: SMACK/URL’s Armageddon event was shut down without warning and many fans were left with none of the main events they came from around the world to see ... that is until Poison Pen made a few calles to End of the Weak and saved one battle: Conceited vs Tsu Surf. Due to the circumstances, everyone wanted a classic and that is exactly what they got. Any time two of the most popular battle rappers in the world perform at top notch level, its a treat. Arguably the best performance to date from both of artists.
Standout Line: “I don’t need a boogie board for me to body Surf”
This past Sunday, December 15th, news quickly broke all over the internet of Hollow and John John (Da Don) getting into a physical altercation during and Ultimate Warrior Battle League promo event for the upcoming battle between Loaded Lux and Hollow.
The thought of the two emcees fighting was immediately assumed to be a rumor until John John took to twitter to bash Hollow.
This photo and video from the event appeared online soon after:
The following morning, Hollow uploaded this apology and explanation of the events that took place:
John John reached out to Rapgrid to tell his side of the story and set the record straight. Watch his response here:
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This was the first iBattle event I've attended in person, so i wasn't fully sure of what to expect, I've obviously seen a lot of they're battles online..but we all know live events is a whole different monster. When I walked in there was definitely good vibes, Uno Lavoz was in the building along with a few other familiar faces. Being an event made up of mostly undercard battles, it was definitely a real dope night. The card was mainly the first round of iBattle's 16 man up and comers tournament. There were also two Main Event battles and two Money Fights, which means almost every battle was judged on the entire card, something i think we all miss.
Tommy Gunn vs Jeffrey
First battle of the night, also the first battle of the tournament. Crowd wasn't fully awake yet which I think took some of the energy away from the battle, little bit of a style clash which isn't a bad thing.
Winner: Tommy Gunn 2-1
Ju Davil vs Kinetik
This was possibly my favorite battle from the tournament, both MC's were on point with real clean performances. Ju Davil definitely had the more intricate style, but Kinetik's rounds were all straight at the throat. Both had quotables, but I personally think Kinetik's performance was just too strong, by far the best I've ever seen from him(Boston bias aside).
Winner: Kinetik 3-0
Theo Manchild vs 3sk
Another definite style clash, this one I think might have confused the crowd a little bit. Personal opinion, one was just way more direct than the other, and I think that's what swayed the decision. Brings me to the point of when battle MC's just come with random verses and say nothing about their opponent directly..its a battle!
Winner: 3sk 3-0
Ghost vs Eclipse Da God
This one was VERY dope. Another favorite of tournament, Ghost has a cool style that I think if he polished more, he could be a real problem. Eclipse was full of no nonsense bars, which took it for him.
Winner: Eclipse Da God 2-1
Q Da General & Suspense vs Ju Davil & Young Skills
Battle of the night hands down. Extremely heated, wasn't very familiar with these cats but I'll definitely be checking for all of them now. There was $3200 on the line which brought the heat up like crazy. Definitely the closest battle of the night, to the point where if one team didn't have a minor slip up in the second, it would have been almost impossible to call.
Winner: Q Da General & Suspense 2-1
J Vik vs Dnarro
I actually ended up guest hosting this one, another battle that fans would label "Bars vs Jokes."(which by the way doesn't make any sense, I'll explain some other time, but if you're an actual MC you already know what I'm talking about.) Battle was cool, it was really hard to match the energy of the 2 on 2 which happened right before, but both cats had good showings, $400 on the line for this one.
Winner: J Vik 2-1
Gwitty vs Bishop White
This battle was cool, Gwitty had a few stumbles which ultimately cost him the battle. Bishop White definitely had the crowd on his side in this one.
Winner: Bishop White 2-1
Kevin Vann vs D22
By this time of the night, the crowd was getting pretty tired and restless, and were probably waiting for the main events to pop off. This battle was cool, in my opinion definitely had a clear winner.
Winner: D22 3-0
Young Steady vs. Stretch Millz
Main Event, dope battle. Young Steady had the crowd on his side, unfortunatley i think a slip up cost him the battle. This was i think the only battle of the night besides the tryouts that weren't judged.
My Winner: Stretch Millz 2-1
All in all definitely a dope event, big ups to Logic and GodAwful for having me come through. In my opinion I think iBattle is filling that void that GT left, which I feel alot of heads are looking for, big shouts to iBattle!