Having covered pretty much every big NYC battle event for the past 2 years for RapGrid there are a few type of people I’ve gotten used to meeting, over and over again. Battle Rap has a core group of fans but at every big event there are a few new heads that are experiencing their first big battle. These aren’t the only the people you’ll meet at a battle. There’s also drunk white girl, dude that’s trying to take drunk white girl home, guy that’s going to get a photo with every person whose ever spit a battle bar and even cops. Last time, I shit you not, there were two cops outside Irving Plaza and once no one else was outside, a lady cop took out her phone and shows it to the other cop and all the sudden I hear, “Get that hat the fuck outta here, since he said I’m goin lose, get Smack the fuck outta here!” And the other cop goes, “So what he’s yelling? I don’t get it.“ Meanwhile inside DNA was getting roasted by Tay Rock.
Aside from cops and drunk white people. Here’s the five types of people you see at every battle.
1.Mr. Boo Face
This guy comes to the battle just to boo. How often in life do you get to straight boo at somebody from the top of their lungs? Better yet, how often do you get to boo somebody who is performing the equivalent of poetry that they just spent months writing? I’ve gotten to the point where I can spot boo face before the event even starts. You can tell by the way he carries himself, his palms are sweaty, knees weak, he’s usually fat in the belly and he’s practically shaking in anticipation of the first weak bar.
2.The Guy Who Hasn’t Been to a Battle Since ‘99
This guy hasn’t been to a battle since that time his boys started up on the corner and so after he watches the first battle, he suddenly thinks he’s figured something out that nobody else in the crowd knows. He goes outside after the first battle so excited and makes his announcement to anyone who will listen.
“Yo! I don’t know if ya’ll realize this… but that shit wasn’t freestyle!”
3.Mr. What You Don’t Know About
This is the guy who just got out of jail, so the first time somebody spits a jail-related bar, they lose their fucking shit. So when Bigg K or Head Ice goes, “What you know hiding soup in ya asshole?” They’re like, “They don’t know about that! They’ do not know about that shit!“ It’s good for them.
4.The Guy Who’s Never Heard of Flips
This person doesn’t realize that in Battling, rappers constantly take their opponents shit and change it just slightly to use it against them. So when they hear a bar that sounds like somebody else’s bar, they lose their minds. “That’s Hitman Holla’s shit! That’s his shit!” They literally will not be happy until the crowd parts and makes a lane for them to walk onto the stage, take Smack’s mic and pronounce exactly who’s shit that is.
That’s me, but I’m doing for a reason, so stay the fuck outta my lane. The rest of ya’ll chill. There won’t be a test on this stuff later. Jaz the Rapper, I’m looking at you. It’s a rap battle enjoy it.
Keith Murray catches up with Drect & Jack Thriller outside the venue and explains why he did not battle Fredro Starr at MCWAR's #NWO event in Atlanta, GA. He says he had six rounds prepared and is willing to do it on another battle league
In my last article, I brought up a point and said I'd address it at another time in another article, well here we are. Battle Rap superfans have been clamoring for the mainstream for quite some time now. Hoping that somehow Battle Rap "goes mainstream." This is the most illogical shit ever you ask me. Battle Rap isn't built for the "mainstream." There are several reasons why, but first I want to take people down memory lane and remind them of the couple of times battle rap DID go "mainstream."
First, there was the Blaze Battles on HBO. After that shit, battle rap went back to obscurity. Then we had Fight Klub on MTV2, which was short lived. After that shit, battle rap went back to obscurity. Now if you're the type of person who believes that "History repeats itself" and "patterns exist for a reaso,n" then you could say that this is a pattern and history is bound to repeat itself. I personally am of that mentality.
There are many reasons why battle rap will not ever go mainstream. The first reason I can think of was told to me by my friend, Jay Smooth (whom is one of the smartest people I know.) The biggest problem battle rap has is that it alienates two groups of people: Women & the LGBT community. Battle rap is filled with bars that some pretty big demographics wouldn't find appealing. Am I saying that battle rappers SHOULD change and stop doing/saying certain things?! NO. I'm a strong believer in, “Say whatever the fuck you want to.” I'm also not going to turn a blind eye to the fact that we cut ourselves off from ALL demographics.
It doesn't end there - logically WHAT channel would host this commercialized and mainstream theoretical battle league? MTV? BET? HBO? Fucking FUSE bruh!? [Laughs] Sincerely, (in my opinion) there is going to be a sign of demise in battle rap. Personally, I view any attempt to commercialize battle rap as a black eye on our culture. The current era might be coming to an end as History Repeats Itself.
There are so many new comers that have stepped on the Battle Rap scene. Some fall by the wayside, some are stuck in limbo looking to find their place in “ The Culture” while others are taking advantage of every opportunity and making moves at a rapid pace. One Battler in particular that is making major moves and taking strategics strides is Prep. Prep is among the URL’s newest P.G’s (Proving Grounds) Alumni, who is quickly becoming known for his clever wordplay and seemingly gimmicky spiffy attire. This newcomer has caught the attention of some of Battle Raps top tiers and Bad Boy artist Los. I caught up with the “ Dapper Rapper” and picked his brain as he prepares for 106 and Parks UFF Battles. In true Prep fashion, (no pun intended) he showed up in tailored threads and bowtie in tow.
NM: So Prep! How and Why did you step into the Battle Rap scene?
Prep: Kid and Play. You remember the scene at the party? “ Kid spelled backwards describe you best, is it gonna be me or eraser head?” I caught you off guard with that one didn’t I?
Yea you did.
You probably thought I was going to say Mook and Lux or something like that. But that whole Battle Rap scene was tough. That made me want to battle. Yeah Eminem too. I’m not talking about 8 Mile, I’m talking about way back in ‘97 with the Battle Rap Olympics. He lost or whatever but he was nice. MTV with the dude Rainman, Swan, Blind Fury all of that leading up to Freestyle Friday and SMACK.
So you’re a fan for real. Where are you from?
Yeah. I can sit here talk about Battle Rap for hours, and that doesn’t even involve SMACK. I can go deep into Battle Rap history. I’m from where you’re from; Baltimore. I grew up over east near Monument Street and Patterson Park. Like Tay Roc is From Baltimore but he’s from Edgewood County. I’m from the actual City of Baltimore. In the heart of the city where they filmed The Wire. There’s such a stigma attached to Baltimore. There’s no Hip Hop foundation here. And people who are from Baltimore that made it never really shout Baltimore out. There’s such a “Crabs in a Barrel Mentality” here. It’s crazy cuz there’s a lot of talent in Baltimore.
I can see why you say that. So other than MTV and Eminem, What battle(s) have you seen or Battler that has been influential in you actually pursuing Battle Rap as an artist and not just a fan ?
That would have to be Murda Mook and J Millz. That was the first recorded battle on SMACK. So if you’re talking about more current and recent then yeah Mook and Millz, T- Rex and Un Casa, the first Lux and Mook battle, Not the rematch the old one from back and the day. I named Mook probably like five times already . So I’m just gonna say Mook. He’s the one who really made me want to do it.
Was Mook your only influence as far as current Battlers go?
Nah. When SMACK Battles kind of died down , It was Con (Conceited). Him against Tall T and a couple of others in The Jungle. Me seeing Con made me want to battle him so that’s why I really started battling. I wanted to start battling everyone so I can get to Con one day.
I read a tweet you put out there recently saying Aye Verb was one of the first people to show support.
Yeah … He was one of the first people to show me any love. The funny thing is, It wasn’t because of my PG or anything.
So How did he know about you?
It was from my second battle ever. In Baltimore on the Pit Fights Battle League. Shout Outs to Shaka Pitts because that’s where I got my start. Verb saw that one round tryout battle on Pit Fights and he hit me up and sent me his info and everything. He was like “ I want you to come out here for the tournament.” I don’t know if he wanted to manage me, take me under the wing or whatever the case may be, enter me the tournament or what. Verb didn’t have to watch my battle . He was already on Summer Madness and making moves. He reached out to me in like 2012. So that’s to let you know right there that he has an eye for talent and he watches what goes on.
So speaking of managers, NuNu is your manager right?
How did you establish that bond? That is a really good look right there given her connection to the URL.
It started from the D Money battle. Did you see that battle?
I didn’t watch it in its entirety.
Well that happened on the We Go Hard Battle League. They had a card where it was like The Take Over. They had battlers from others leagues come on the card and battle. It was like an evasion card.
So they had me vs D Money. That was after he came off the Prez Mafia Battle. You know how bad that look for him, So I guess he thought he was gonna come through and battle me like this was going to be his time to shine. Like he was gonna get his wind back or his glow back or something. But he got KILLED! Nunu and Jaz was there, and soon as I get off stage they were telling me how crazy the battle was and what not. Nunu told me she was gonna hit Norbes and Beasley. And everything she said she was gonna do she did and came through.
That’s cool. I like that.
Yeah, so her coming through on her word let me know she was real . If you look at how fast I’ve grown, you’ll see that she’s doing her job and not just saying she’s my manager just to say it. She makes moves, she’s not just sitting back with her feet up. In a matter of months I was offered to be on Summer Madness and I turned that down.
Because it was too close to UFF and I don’t like rushing to prepare and taking battles back to back in a short span of time. I don’t want to over saturate myself and look slackish. But I got offered to be on Summer Madness after one PG Battle! That’s Crazy right? And turned it down. Right after that, I got UFF and now I’m here doing an interview with you! It’s crazy.
So you’ll be going against Th3 Saga right?
No, Th3 Saga will be going against T Top. I’ll be going against Chess.
Oooh ok. So this how do you feel about the UFF line up?
I think this is the best UFF so far. It’s going to be crazy. The first UFF Battlers was slacking.
Yeah. They had Danja on there, Ill Will, Lotta Zay and whomever. I mean it was cool. But it wasn’t as good as we thought it was gonna be. But the second year, they turned up. Prez and Law was crazy, Snow was going wild. People were going in. But after the first rounds, it started dying down. But this year… man. You got a mixture. You got Me, who’s coming with punches and schemes and lyrical intent. Then you got T Top who’s all the way street. Brizz , he’s raw , uncut and aggressive. Chess is the youngest dude to do it right now. Th3 Saga is a Christian Rapper; it’s like so much that’s going on this time. There’s such a different variety. UFF is gonna be nuts. What you think about the UFF line up who you think is going to win excluding myself?
I like Th3 Saga, Not just because he and I are Christians, I like that he’s much like yourself, as far as bringing something new to Battle Rap. I like how he can still punch and but on a performance without cursing and a lot of gun talk. It goes to show that he has talent. The gun talk is played out to me. I can’t relate to that. He’s relatable.
Yeah I like Th3 Saga too. He’s nice.
Yeah. I read that people are saying he’s the first Christian Battle Rapper. I disagree with that. There’s others , But he’s just more open about his beliefs.
Right. I think people are calling him the first because he’s executing it and going about it in an open way. While others aren’t pushing that. They aren’t going hard putting themselves out there and he is. There may be other Christians battling, But no one is out there like he is. They are quiet. That’s why I try to open the crowd up to how I rap. Like the Idiot thing I said against Dot, My homeboy told me I shouldn’t do it, He thought the crowd was gonna boo me out of the building. But it went over well. And the Mime thing too. It ended up being the bar of the year. People are scared to step outside the box because the gun bars formula has been working. But for Th3 Saga to step outside the box and bring thought provoking bars and succeed? That’s why they view him as the first Christian Rapper in Battle Rap. He made an impact. Such and Such who are Christians in this didnt make an impact and he did. He’s my favorite out of this ( Proving Grounds) class. I would say Brizz but he slacks so he would be my number two. Then T Top. People will think I’m lying when I say Dot but I like Dot. He reaches a lot but he’s entertaining.
As far as different goes, your style is different for the field that you're in. How do you feel about your peers and their presentation or lack there of? Im not asking you to name names though.
I’m naming names! Nah. Some of them look dirty. Let’s just be real. I get it. You hustle, you’re in the trap. You’re “ Real”. Ok cool. But you’re in front of a camera though. I don’t get how they think looking dirty equals being real. I guess they think that adds to their persona. Regardless if the camera is showing five hundred people, or fifty people, You need to be aware that you’re going to be viewed by the public.
Branding is everything.
Exactly. They fail to realize , if you’re coming to battles like that with the hair all over your face, hair never cut looking dirty with lint and dandruff all in it, shirts with stains on it… Imagine what they do outside just on a regular day? That’s crazy right? to think of it that way.
I feel some guys think it adds to their gritty and hungry appeal.
Battle Rap is reaching new levels by the day.
Right, T.V , Magazines, Celebrities…
Yes. So I feel like a lot of your peers have to really consider how they want to be perceived by those who watch them.
They gotta be on their P’s and Q’s. My sister said to me that one of the things I got going for myself is I can transition to different avenues. For example . Russell Simmons has a clothing line right now called Argyle Life. He also supports Battle Rap. He had Don Trip spitting and a few others, and think about it, Russell is close with Sway, Sway supports they Battle Rap community. So what if I get an interview with Sway and Russell sees how I’m presentable in that interview and I land a spot representing Argyle Life. You just never know. It’s about making strategic moves. A lot of Battle Rappers just all over the place. Something like that will never happen with some of these guys. They are going to be stuck battle rapping and that’s all.
What sets you apart from other Battlers? Why should we ( the fans) keep an eye on you?
Because I’m not like the average battler. I’m creative. Besides my appearance ,my writing style is different. The way I approach things is different. I’m like a Chess Player. A Chess Player is thinking about five or six moves ahead. That’s how I am.
Can you elaborate?
I don’t come in like “In order for me to get a battle I gotta call out a top tier.” I’m not chasing any top tiers. Look at what Ty Law did. He came in, killed somebody and after he started calling out B Magic. Wavy had is little battle and started asking for Surf. Prez had his battle and asked for who he asked for. So it just kept on being a rerun of the same cycle. You have good battle, and now you want a big name? I wasn’t going to do that. So how can I make people look at me instead of looking at them? One thing was not to chase any big names.
A lot of the big names have fallen off. They get too comfortable.
Nobody wants to be the king of their class anymore. Nobody wants to battle everyone in their class , take the crown and then move on. So I figured since they’re not, that’s what I’m gonna do. I’m more so doing it for myself. I want to have that stamp and say I did that without no outside influence, no one told me to do it, I did it for myself and got that crown.
Who has fallen off?
Like Verb for instance, He’s one of the best in my opinion. But we haven’t seen the Verb that was against Miles, or that first round against Rex Verb, or that Verb against Hitman. We haven’t seen that Verb on a consistent basis. I don’t know if he hasn’t gotten any opponents he feel like he has to kill like that, or If he lost his passion for battling, or maybe he’s gotten comfortable and kicked his feet up because he’s getting paid more money now. Just maybe the lack of competition could be it. I just told myself I’m not going to fall in that loop. I’m not going to start off at the top and out of nowhere just drop.
Do you think the fans have something to do with that?
Yeah somewhat. If the fans( including myself because I’m a fan first) stop allowing these battlers to get away with a lot of things like poor performances and what not then the battlers will stop giving poor performances. No fans showing up to events means no money. But now and days there’s more fans of Battlers than there is fans of the culture. and that’s the problem.
Like Clips fans think he can do no wrong. His fans made excuses for him not having thirds. But Big T on the other hand is getting crucified right now. Imagine if Clips got the treatment Big T is getting right now, He wouldn’t have gotten away with not having thirds for so long like he did.
What you think about Big T so far?
I think Big T hasn’t been on his A game. He’s very complex and lyrical. But his last few performances especially the Total Slaughter performance is showing what people believed about him for a while now.
Which is what?
He’s looking like he’s not supposed to be on the Main Stage right now. That his style is more for a closed room and smaller crowd. Because fans at major events don’t want to dissect bars. They are in the moment they want to catch bars and want punches back to back.
So what are you looking to achieve in Battle Rap other than the PG class crown?
I want my name to be mentioned among the greats in this. When you mention the Mooks, The Mickey Factz, The Lux’s etc you mention Prep. Not only do I want my brand to make an impact here , I want my brand to expand to different avenues such as fashion and wherever else I can take it. I just want to show people you can be creative and outside the box.
Once again the good folks at Go-Rilla Warfare delivered with a solid at event at The Blueprint in Chicago. With the PPV having just dropped, here’s a little rundown of the event along with some highlights and opinions. Don’t hesitate to speak up in the comments section. Regardless of who you thought won, this was a memorable event to start off what’s shaping up to be a noteworthy season for Battle Rap.
Battle Rap is subjective and I think that most of the time people are biased when they watch a battle. So, for this roundup, if I have bias going into a battle I’ll note that beforehand so that it can be taken into account when considering reactions and verdicts.
Had to watch this battle this battle first. There’s something about the utter seriousness behind the Aye Verb persona that clashes so well with the irreverence of Daylyt. For Verb, this battle comes off a pretty rough losing streak and for Daylyt, it’s his first battle after what was pretty indisputably his worst performance at Total Slaughter. In general I’ve been pretty disinterested in Aye Verb’s battles since Dizaster, then it got way worse with Caustic. After the Illmac battle I was ready to give up on Verb entirely. I used to think Daylyt was overhyped, but after his Chilla and Clips battles, I realized I was dead wrong.
Verb began by giving Daylyt honest to goodness props for being talented, you don’t see that everyday, but then he said that Daylyt’s talent is overshadowed by the fuck shit. He took Daylyt’s cadence/flow from his battle with Clips and used it, that whole, “Should I keep going?” thing. He did a good job but he didn’t elevate beyond what Daylyt did originally.
“We all even, he don’t want the fade tho- you are a Caesar-
Send hot rounds to your door nigga- who ordered pizza?”
Day sounded kind of Lux-like in Round 1, getting all verbose and preacher-like talking about Total Slaughter.
“I lined up every round perfectly- yo-yo like.”
Only to say
“Total Slaughter… I blew it! So What?”
But the rounded end kind of abruptly and Verb easily swiped this one.
Verb spoke on the Math vs. Diz situation
“When a nigga is your man and e dead wrong, once you tell him he’s dead wrong. If he’s still standing on it, you stand with him. “
But he was just getting started.
“You make that purple look real soft- lavender.
Two birds, silencers on em, that’s a pair of doves,vOne talk, the other repeated, just like a parrot does. “
That’s just a piece of it, Verb really snapped in this round. I hesitate to say this but I think this is the Verb from days of old that people talk about. At this point Day has a steady climb ahead of him.
“Biggest battle of my career, Total Slaughter. I took a boo boo”
“The guns I cop Robo-like, Give you 8 golden rounds and it’s not Rolo bites.” (Fact check: there are actually 8 rounds in a pack of Rolo’s)
Daylyt then started cookin’. He eased into some multi’s with a Big Pun style rattatat that went through to the end of his round, making this round perhaps too close to call.
Damn, Aye Verb’s whole race baiting angle that he began in his battle vs illmac continued here, and he took it up a notch.
“You ain’t one of us because you go on stage and go behave for the same motherfuckers that sold the slaves. (Organik sold slaves?!?!) You go battle in them white leagues for less pay, get on stage and snap, then come to your own people and do gimmicks and preserve thou raps. This shit stops today, we must face the fact that Daylyt savings is setting us back.”
It's especially scathing since here we see Verb doing the opposite, and thus practicing what he preaches by giving his best performance in some time. I’m not a big fan of this angle, especially during the Illmac battle. But I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t effective here.
It feels wrong to quote this last round. It’s one of the best Daylyt has ever performed. If you weren’t a Daylyt fan before, this verse might change your mind. Just watch it
Verdict: 2-1 either way, both rappers won this battle. It's a potential classic.
JC Vs. Danny Myers
This is an interesting matchup. I’m generally less interested in up-and-comer vs. established battles, I like it when the two battlers with comparable resumes go toe-to-toe but Danny Myers has had a lot of battles in the short time he’s been on the radar and in some sense his battle vs. Rum Nitty is like JC vs. Chilla in that it made to lesser known rappers known and propelled them to bigger stages. JC is coming off a loss to K-Shine and a great performance against Syah. JC as we know can either blow the roof off the place or just kind of miss the mark entirely. Myers just had a ridiculous battle with Bigg K. a candidate for best battle of 2014. Let’s see how this shakes out.
As usual Myers started off like a rock em sock em robot just pow pow pow with an energy level that’s off the charts. Personally I think Myers would benefit from working up to the level of energy he started the battle with. It makes that energy seem more genuine. It would have been great for this round because he really did work up to his best material.
“Danny Nice, you’ll be flipped upside down with this cross like the anti-christ.”-
"Fifth banger, I’ll take him to the top of a mountain and well…. The rest is a cliff hanger.”-
“Blast K’s, put his eyeball in the ashtray. As soon as cops get to the spot, they look at the scene with the Jazz face.”
“You’re about to watch the Youth, Euthanize.”
“Set squeeze, then put holes in his box like we trying to help his pet breathe.”
“Make sure he die logically, fast and proper, grab the chopper.”
"We right up on him- that’s a biography.”
“People say he looks like a Ninja Tutrtle, Danny tello in fact. All he’s missing is the bandana and a weapon…cuz I got the shell for his back.”
That line was hard enough that Danny Myers said to his friend “I’m about to bar this nigga so bad.” JC has the room.
Well, turns out Danny Myers wasn’t lying…
“Bullets gonna take a chunk out of money like a check chasing spot.
"Outside wait for him, yall was taught to pray to JC, now you gon have to pray for him.
"Ya’ll about tot see the steel flare big rounds rotate from both arms like wheelchair.”
That’s just the tip of the iceberg, Myers was consistently strong in Round 2.
JC was so good in round 1, I was almost sure he’d start to trail off by now but that wasn’t the case.
Against all odds he pulled this out.
“He’ll be the first to drop. The metal will body this nerd like Urkelbot.”
“This plain to see, I’m too far ahead you can’t book marks that aint on the same page as me. I got enough in this pen to serve everybody, I create and cremate and trust me, I’ve urned everybody.” GOT-DAMN!
Beating JC at this point is a Sisyphian task but Myers had really strong material.
“Spray a slug, your forehead be on the carpet like a prayer rug.”
That gat by my hip, that pistol with an extenz like he can’t satisfy his btich.
“Her burns were 3rd degree like she working on her masters.”
Jc gave Myers a quick hug and someone in the crowd yelled “Stop with all that gay shit.” He then continued what he’d been doing all battle. He maybe had bit less steam than the other 2 rounds but nominally so. If you want to say he lost a round, this would be it…but I don’t think he did lose this round.
‘You vs Bigg K, that aint the perfect way to move that white boy went right through those bars like Terminator 2.”
Verdict- JC 3-0. He just had more tools and components in his arsenal, as opposed to Myers who had one thing he did extremely well. Myers stacked up against JC but this may be JC’s best battle since Chilla. Clearly he wanted to shut up any nay-saying that might have come about as a result of the K-Shine battle. Job well done.
X-Factor Vs. Head Ice
I’m probably a little biased on this one. Never been a big X-Factor fan. His last battle was some time ago and he’s been MIA for much of the new era of battling. Head Ice on the other hand is in a good spot. He chooses his battles wisely and while he’s not really gunning for any top spot,. He does what he does well. The way I see it, X-Factor has a lot to prove here.
Ice shows in this round just what he does that people respond to. He talks that shit like he could be one of those characters in The Wire that pops up for a few episodes wandering into town preceded only by his reputation and by the time he leaves there’s a g-pack missing from the stash house, there’s beef over what went down and Head ice is already down in Miami, chillin.
“I’m a expose you cuz you aint got the heart to do shit, but your nose do.”
“So stay away or run from me, cuz I’m a bully who bullies bullies and I want more than your lunch money.”
“Simple shit, your bitch says she got all kinds of stories totell about you and your pencil dick- erase that”
This is why I brought up the whole bias thing. I didn’t hear much in this round, at least not enough for a comeback.
“I don’t dice around, everything I spit is water so I’m even colder when Ice around.”
“You a bitch giving a bad blowjob, head is not nice. “
Another dope round. Ice used this round to talk shit on everyone from the D, except Ill Will who got a shout out.
“Wedding tux, this muder gonna be worse than miles and lux the un edit cut.”
“I’ll take a page outta K-Shine book and start burnin’ bitches.”
“Bringing a young an a big cannon for these rounds, one’s 9, ones 47, ya see the age difference? Your whole family will be scared to see they blood like an AIDS clinic.”
“I flip bundles of dust early before nine to five and wont be happy with my check unless I stay till 12:30. Guns come out, fifties song, I come to your block with a fifty long and wont’ leave until all fifty gone.”
“I won’t pull that weapon on you, cuz you so po-boy Popeye’s got a special on you.”
Verdict- Head Ice 3-0 but not one of the better performances I’ve seen from either.
Young Kannon Vs Cortez
Before his battle with DNA all I thought about when I heard Young Kannon was that battle where he got bodied by Swave. But then he put up a good fight vs DNA and I’ve come to realize he’s got talent. Cortez is also generally underrated from what I’ve seen but it really can go either way with him. Some battlers are really beholden to the energy in the room and I think Cortez is one of them.
This round is a good example of what I mean. Tez had the chance to build up his aggression during this battle. He did everything right in the first. He began talking to battle rap at large, and then he went in on his opponent, reminded him of his Swave battle, as well as a some poor spelling and fashion choices he made in the past with all the aggression and griminess we hope to see from Cortez. But he finished saying, “This is my weakest round." From what I’ve seen, when rappers say that, it’s a bad sign.
“Why you gassin these folks? Cuz when shit popped off in Cali, not one of these battle rappers had a punch when it mattered the most. “
“I’m hoping the gate, plotting for cake, I couldn’t afford a ski mask, I had that grandma stock on the face, raise the nine, my moms raised a good boy, that bitch taught me to aim high,”
Young Kannon told Cortez as he finished his round- “that’s not gonna be enough.” It seemed doubtful, Cortez had a hard round, one of his best in a while. But Young Kannon came with it. And he just might have edged it out.
“My shooter, African, he clippin em all, his semi coming to America to bring arson to ya (Arsenio) hall”
“You’ll see Cort shot up that’s State Property ending”
“They say yk can’ compete with Cortez, what kind of drugs you on, I love being the underdrog cuz I keep proving you suckers wrong.”
“Now your up to get greased watch where you fuckers Rome, If that’s ger-man then we rush in then the pair is to your fuckin dome.”
“What are you gonna say, I was on a couch on TV nigga, but where was you watching me from- your couch, on your tv nigga.“
The rest of this round is really strong. More just cold rap than anything else, too much to quote, has to be seen. Again, it’s hard to imagine YK topping it.
YK needed to do a lot here to top Tez…
Kannon starts off talking about how Tez likes to say “Are there any real niggas in the crowd?” and then…
“That’s a dick riding tactic, he’s trying to save face. We know there’s real niggas in the crowd but the nigga on stage fake.”
“Pele, ‘ you get worked out with these hands, that’s a shake weight.”
“You even took ill on smack but then the vault 3-0’d you. Verb flayed you, gave you Showtime 1 and Showtime 2, you basic cable.”
“I know I spelled should wrong on a shirt, I know it’s pitiful and the shit is true but I did it on purpose, I left the L off the shirt so I could give the shit to you.”
In the end YK did what he had to do but I’d have to call this round a draw.
Cortez needed to take this round to win. He delivered. A short but solid round. From beginning to end filled with haymakers, even stuff above the level of what he usually does. At this point, Kannon is winning but if Tez took this round by a margin he’d take it.
“I’m hot with these, buck fifty to both cheeks till it’s an isosceles.”
“Bring shells and I don’t got to knock cuz my name it ring bells”
“Binoculars, the type shit Cort do-stenographer”
Kannon slowed down a bit here.
“At Nome, smack tried to make you feel at home, cut your time short to give you Grind Time Rounds.”
Verdict- 2-1 either way. There’s a good argument for either. But in the end, Cortez took the third by a big enough margin that I personally think he took the battle, but it was a great showing for both rappers.
Born Vs Brixx
Brixx is one of the most underrated in the game. As far as Born is concerened, I’ve never seen the appeal. Some people say he’s a really solid writer but I’ve yet to see the proof. I’m going into this thinking Brixx should easily take it.
There’s a reason I state my bias beforehand, cuz I’m quick to admit when I’m proved wrong and Born did so in this first round.
“This nigga gotta go, laser on the arm, Beretta got reach when the dot is shown.
Leave Brixx laid on the street like Cobblestone. “
“Got something to tell to a star, here tell a scope.”
Brixx did what he does in this round…
“Fox got you poppin for one. You gotta be dumb, cuz you link with QP, your stock gonna plunge and now you getting earthed, this your third rock from a SON.
Plan it or not I get some moon shine expose and rip em, he swings I lean- it’s me to your right. This flow a dip him, this how you this how you put your foot in someone ass and sole their system”
He started off calling Brixx Con heir 2- a shitty sequel and kept up the same type of energy he had in the first.
“Fox got you surf, you getting bodied was intentional Brix. He gave you a shot and you missed. You get some points shaving because well, them was intentional bricks.”
I really thought I’d have to give Nubron this round but again Brixx came with it elevating this battle to potentially the best of the night in a close race with Verb and Daylyt. In fact, Brixx did way more than what he needed to take this round.
“Before QP you didn’t even rap this way, he said he coached you now collects your social he need to get his taxes straight.”
“You let the barrel on your Rueger spin, yet again a shaky punch from Cassius Clay keeps spitting the wrong verbs but when it’s show time, this shit counts like a Matinee”
“Hopin Smack will take him back like Good Time. Ya’ll hate my delivery? I delivered him just fine.”
“I’m not daylyt we don’t buy bull in the ring, you’ll get exposed trying to test the 40”
I get to checkin males I aint done my taxes, chopper to his head, let him inspect the fuckin gadget.”
Again, there’s too many quotables in this round to spoil. Brixx finished hard, putting a solid cap on the evening.
“Throw shots, all in his face like botox, open hand, cover my pupil like don’t watch. “
Verdict: No body, but 3-0 for Brixx who is due for a main stage URL battle. This was that battle of the event that made some of the top tier vets look like slouches, even though there really were no duds at this event. Usually you’ll have a dead crowd by the end of the event. Here, the crowd was more hype than they were for just about any other battle.
Overall: No chokes, not even any stumbles really and enough quotables to fill 30 pages of rhymes. PPV also looked and sounded good. Well worth your time and money as quite a few of these battles are going to battle of the year contenders.