What do you guys think is going on inthis picture? *Excited*
January 29, 2014, 11:12 pm
What do you guys think is going on inthis picture? *Excited*
January 26, 2014, 8:28 pm
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RAP GRID'S LIVE COVERAGE OF UW'S HIGH STAKES
Loaded Lux vs Hollow da Don
Tsu Surf vs Calicoe
Hitman Holla vs O-Red
Daylyt vs B-Magic
Loaded Lux vs Hollow Da Don
Battle over #classic
The crowd is screaming and chanting hollows name
"It's easy to develop a large picture when u focused on the negatives" - Hollow
"He a lost nigga? I found him say it to blacks face" - Hollow brought out calicoe's dad!
"Dear lord ... I'm the chosen one that's why hollow be thy name" - Hollow
"Go ahead with that bullshit Shareef!" - Hollow
"In jail No singles - just Pringles - I'll stack chips in the can" - Hollow
" why would we expect a nigga name hollow to be solid?" - lux
"Stand up niggas don't lean!" - lux *crowd going crazy*
"When hollow ween off it he goin always be a nigga is disguise" - Lux
Lux breaking down Hollow's sobriety
Hollow was more original in the second round, but the battle is close
Unlimited last round!
My rhymes give u that I just shitted face/he give u that 'I think I get it' face - Hollow
Hollow wrote a letter & ended with "wat I'm Tryna tell u ... Ps don't rush ur delivery"
"Because you don't understand him don't mean that he's nice!" - Hollow
Hollow impersonating lux lmfaooooo oh Gawd
"Get this work - fired in a furnace / cal got it for free u goin earn (urn) it" - Lux
"I never showed a weak hand but I off writers (arthritis)" - lux
"Most talked about battle rapper of this age - do an autopsy on the stage" - Lux
"That's you LOM niggas - living off of moms" - Lux
"Y'all might look like monsters on screen but you Backyardigans" - Lux
"I'll for for the trunk like a Keibler elf" - Lux
"Ru Paul couldn't drag Queens this much" - lux
"I HATE YOU LUX!" - Hollow
"So far ahead if my time I can rebuttal a rhyme before u come up with the line"
"It's a circus act just to see this clown go through a fire round" - Hollow
"I guess it takes a while to put on that Hell's Angel jacket and Eddie Murphy pants"
"They can't picture the Don king, but he good for promotion" - Lux
"This is interview with a vampire - u ain't know it was high stakes" - loaded lux
Tsu Surf vs Calicoe
Calicoe vs Tsu Surf was classic! Could be a tie, but Cal's ending was crack!
"This the 4th battle in Jersey and the 1st time we seen you!" - Calicoe
Calicoe got heart! He all in Jersey dudes faces. The atmosphere is dark In Here
Bunch of Jersey niggas gunning for me, I would been bussin back screamin nigga I come from the D!" - Calicoe
Cal and Surf is heated. Wouldn't be surprised if they fought later
"You would think ima love and hiphop fan I hate tahiry (to hear he) said no - Surf
"omaha omaha ... nigga im Peyton Manning thats the place for the body" - Calicoe
Surf said Calicoe had a police excort when he battled O-Red
Surf good second round its on Cal rnd 2
"only BMF i know is this Big Muthafuckin' Forty" - Surf
Surf said Calicoe had a police escort when he battled O-Red
Hitman let his lil bro Showout clap tonight!
"you bout to get stuck up hoe ... but you the baddest bitch" - Calicoe
Calicoe's making Surf's homies mad he gettin all in they face!
Calicoe spittin that real shit about legal situations!
"You was skinny dippin with 6 bitches and none of them was in the picture" - Surf
"ill lift it up then lift him up - thats how you verti-cal" - Surf
"pay attention cal - its not what you got its what you lack" - Surf
"Name that 40 December - that's a Cal ender" - @Tsu_Surf
Calicoe bout this life
O-Red vs Hitman Holla
"Tell 'em roll ... bounce before i put sweetness in a box" - Red
"Debo voice - I wanna spend Red money" - Hitman
"Tell my sharp shooter bring me hitman heart" - O-Red
"Will and Jaden ... you'll get a couple smif's after earth" - Red
"Toss that, move out the way and let my brother clap" - Hitman's brother clapped!
"Im standing thurr giving him the mayweather shoulder" *mayweather def. move* - Hitman
"that magazine was the last thing that O Read" - Hitman
"I told Ars send me my bread ... and his half too" - Hitman
"Hitman man was rappign and all of a sudden, O-Red just flew backwards"
Daylyt vs B-Magic
Magic post battle interview #uwbattleleague #uw #rapbattle #highstakes http://instagram.com/p/jpgX-iIIvi/
Daylyt's girl @mari2ahadi slow motion booty POPPIN for Morpheus cray moment #uwbattleleague #uw… http://instagram.com/p/jpgP-RIIvP/
Another pic of magic and Daylyt #uwbattleleague #uw #rapbattle #highstakes http://instagram.com/p/jpfjA4oIuV/
Pic of the fake lux Daylyt brought on stage #uwbattleleague #uw #rapbattle #highstakes http://instagram.com/p/jpfXzSIIt2/
Bars wise Magic won, but Daylyt's performance was LEGENDARY great show! … #uwbattleleague #highstakes
B-Magic killing the 3rd round ... slipped a lil and brought it right back … #uwbattleleague #highstakes
"Get the pump to your LA Gear if you step light" - @DaBest_BMagic … #uwbattleleague #highstakes
Daylyt rapping with slo-mo matrix now he's killing it. Girl slo-mo booty poppin … #uwbattleleague #highstakes
Daylyt just brought the crowd back with a "Pearl Harbor/Battle ship" lin … #uwbattleleague #highstakes
Some people are getting bored with Daylyt's crip lesson, but he is saying some crazy bars … #uwbattleleague
"Put that gin aside. This is genocide" @DAYLYT2k #highstakes …
Daylyt is giving Magic a crip history lesson … #uwbattleleague #highstakes
"ill put in work on his chin like Axel Foley" - @DaBest_BMagic … #uwbattleleague #highstakes
B-Magic's second round was crazy … #uwbattleleague #highstakes
"You'll see a Day vid Ruffin niggas up - couldn't resist the temptation of a mark out" … #uwbattleleague #highstakes
Daylyt is battling the Lux impersonator … #uwbattleleague #highstakes
Daylyt started 2nd rnd bringing out a Matrix agents fighting a Loaded Lux impersonator … #uwbattleleague #highstakes
It was a good round, but B-Magic may have won that. He had some real dope lines
"Stick n' weave like a bobby pin" - @DaBest_BMagic … #uwbattleleague #highstakes
"Dome shot - lean his body like Smooth Criminal" - @DaBest_Bmagic … #uwbattleleague #highstakes
"I'm fucking day up like a death in the family" #highstakes …
"ill get the snub nose - Letoya Jackson" - @Dabest_bmagic … #uwbattleleague #highstakes
"I wig on him with the mil, I'm Donald Trump'in" #highstakes …
"I'm just ahead ... Zordon" - @DAYLYT2k … #uwbattleleague #highstakes
"im a king ... Arthur - no wonder I be on the cam a lot" - @DAYLYT2k … #uwbattleleague #highstakes
"The blue pill, well thats quill" - hes lettin ppl choose the outcome of battle @DAYLYT2k … #uwbattleleague #highstakes
"Is it goin be the red pill or the blue pill" - @DAYLYT2k … #uwbattleleague #highstakes
"I can no longer work for this fuck money, fuck money" - @DAYLYT2k #highstakes …
Daylyt is dressed like Morpheus from the Matrix … #uwbattleleague #highstakes
B-Magic vs Daylyt starting now! … #uwbattleleague #highstakes
January 22, 2014, 4:02 am
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RAP GRID'S LIVE COVERAGE OF #BO4
*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.
Pat Stay vs Dizaster (Title Match) | Bender vs Big T | Step Easy vs DDSS | +More
Pat Stay vs Dizaster
Pat Stay had a Loaded Lux moment & remains champ!
The battle isn't over but Pat took it
Why so serious. He was suppose to battle in August but he moved it to the end of January. That's how aqaiarius (queer he is) - Pat
Fresco is more of man than you'll ever be. U have the swag of Arnold Shwarzenegger when he was having a pregnancy - Diz
Suck a dick.Ur such a racist u don't where the chain bc it's not long enough to hang a black person with - Diz
Diz needs something special right now to take it
They say u fucked Scarlett Pain. That couldn’t be less impressive. I'd be impressed if u fucked Rachel Starr or Alexis Texas - Pat
U nice but I got more style than u. I'm so nice my rap name should be how are u - Pat
A multi from Diz followed by "someone tell bender I'm sorry player - Diz
Holy ... pat is killin it right now
U know u never lay the smack down. Going thru security at the airport is the only time you'll ever see pat down - Diz
His names pat cuz he stays in the back of his home cuz he's afraid if he leaves he'll get attacked by Charron - Diz
Conceited vs Charlie Clips
"love u fans, come out no matter the weather / u know ya bars crazy when you can bring organik n smack 2getha" - Clips
Clips is killin it
U know this shits depressing when u think ur slogans Is weapons - Clips
I'll oop her con. Gonna electrocute that bitch I'll Shaka khan - Clips
Con light in the 2nd
Both clips and con are crazy performers
Cats are saying Diz and DNA nearly fought on stage
1st slow it down: U get cap and more guns come out. Captain Morgans. Capped and organs come out - Con
Yung Ill vs Fresco
If u came for the check u got played cuz Ganik gave me twice that amount and I dunno even know what u got paid - Fresco
I'm ahead of this Mark like the Gospel of Matthew - Fresco
Crash on the sofa drop my kids off then leave thanks for having them over - Fresco
Ill freestyled in the 2nd, Fresco is coming back
This battle crazy fresco got it back in the 2nd
U think he brolic he softer than me promise. I don't want u to be biased. I just want u to be honest - Fresco
I'm a do fresco bad. Black bag with the yellow strings just to show u frescos trash - Ill
Fresco is literally choking on something
Y'all put the kinda gay looking white boy against the questionable black guy. I guess the reason u wanna see this battle that's why - Fresco
Rum Nitty vs Tycoon Tax
The battle was crazy. This is probably the best so far
U comfortable. U should battle at ultimate warrior. That's the only way they givin You w's - Tax
Tax wanna be black so much he got coon in his name. Get a permanent vacation if I hit u with a can coon. - Nitty
When I say I got something for rum it ain't a message board - Tax
Sketch Menace vs Soul
Crazy battle - best of the event so far
Every book u reference has been made into a movie. - Sketch
Lift dude from a hole. When I uplift this punk bitch it ain't chicken soup for the Soul - Sketch
I don't give a fuck. Ill son him anyway. That's immaculate conception.
I inspire assassins like JD Sallinger- Soul
Megadeff vs Lexx Luthor
I don't watch a lot of conceited but I'll leave a son heartless. Gun so big Mega had to kick start it - Megadef
Megadef is catching a body so far
Yo are to faggots what Dre is to headphones - Lexx
DAY 2 - SATURDAY (1/25/2014)
Day 2 - The Stage is set
SMACK with a nice lady
Arsonal vs Swave Sevah
“We takin this battle shit to a whole new level / We put Team Rebel Arms against a real life Rebel” - Swave
“I hope all if YouTube fans see me beat u to death in this ring like Boom Boom Mancini” - Swave
“Headshot got ur dreads looking like burnt spaghetti” - Swave
Swave with the dope Thundercats reference
The Saurus vs Charron
"Tell that crying baby Dizaster hes next" - Charron
"Sorry player I'm getting Xory tailored for a slip knot" - The Saurus
There's so many holes in you're face you're sponsored by the OGA. You should be the face of dot mob" - Charron
"If you're the father of my style you neglected your son. You're the exact person I hope I never become" - Charron
Slash then buck at heads like guns N roses” - Charron
DNA vs Arcane
Some people in the crowd started fighting, but KOTD quickly broke it up
DNA clearly took the first and Arcane clearly took the 2nd
“I'm a green beret I leave shells scattered everywhere like this was Easter Day” - Arcane
DNA’s second round was fire
"He said it's a mystery event but when ur battling arcane u never know who ur goin up against." - DNA
"I'm splicing DNA in half like Stem cell research" - Arcane
"When I Make Eric perish it ain't EPMD" - Arcane
"Y'all must be from Texas cuz everyone who had that chain saw massacres" - DNA
"I came to put hands on Cane like the monopoly man" - DNA
Bonnie Godiva vs Uno Lavoz
People are calling the battle "Uncomfortable"
Bonnie says Uno chokes ladies
Bonnie got a prop. It's comin. ... It's a judges robe! Medusa (Uno’s ex - girl from Arsonal vs Diz battle) is on stage. She's testifying!!
“Boo if u and Math have a baby I hope it's first words is ‘woo’ - Uno
Bonnie choked for about a minute. Uno Lavoz is bodybagging now
“Ur pussy is like math and serius. Ur only famous cuz Math is known for hittin that” - Uno
“I heard ur box smells like shit that's a port a potty. Something something Laura Tarsi” - Uno
Uno got a little more reaction round 1 but he also got boo’d
“They only call UNO when they down to the last spot on the card” - Bonnie
Uno just got booed for calling Bonnie a glow in the dark slave. Now he's getting heckled
Pat Stay speaks on his battle with Dizaster:
The Saurus speaks on his opponent:
J-Pro vs 100 Bulletz
“Ur on a quest to find love but Bonnie's just another black thought” - J-Pro
“Try to sway but u don't got the answers - kanye” - J-Pro
“I eat kids like alley cats that live behid abortion clinics” - 100 Bulletz
Step Easy vs DDSS
"I'll put a nerd in his place like that wad of spit that hit Eurgh in the face" - DDSS
"Ddss-Different day Same shot" -Step Easy
DAY 1 - FRIDAY (1/24/2014)
Living Legend: The Saurus
PRESS CONFERENCE IMAGES - THURSDAY (1/23/2014)
Shotty Horroh speaking
Rone being his usual self
Organik breaking down the event
Charlie Clips - what a funny dude
Charron looking fearless
Bender looking super warm
Bishop speaking about Dizaster vs Pat Stay
Swave Sevah's got a new hairdo!
classic Dizaster moment
former KOTD champ, Arcane
Charron & Pat Stay
Dizaster & Swave Sevah
Osa, Bender & Loe Pesci
Shotty Horroh Outside
January 1, 2014, 1:47 am
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*
TOP 10 BATTLES
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”
TOP MOMENTS OF THE YEAR
TOP 5 BODYBAGS OF THE YEAR
MOST UNDERWHELMING BATTLES OF THE YEAR
Dizaster vs T-Rex - the cameras didn’t do it justice
Hitman Holla vs Conceited - no 3rd round
Dizaster vs Arcane - smh for multiple reasons
Ness Lee vs Shotty Horroh - c’mon y’all, you are better than this
Real Deal vs Tony D - Tony D messed up
5 BREAKOUT PERFORMERS OF THE YEAR
Charron - BET Kicked it all off
O’fficial - She gets the award for female performer of the year
Daylyt - He got naked, slapped someone with ball juice & was jesus in a KKK outfit ... while spitting hot bars
Ill Will - Ya man got BUSY
Lotta Zay - His first half of 2013 is one of the most consistent dominating runs in the history of acapella rap battles
With Blackout 4 and Loaded Lux vs Hollow topping off First Quarter 2014, we have a huge year ahead of us - Stay tuned!
December 18, 2013, 5:45 pm
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:
What are your thoughts?
December 14, 2013, 12:48 am
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RAP GRID'S LIVE COVERAGE OF #BORNLEGACY
Charlie Clips vs Tsu Surf | K-Shine vs Yung Ill | B Magic vs Ill Will | JC vs Tay Roc
Tsu Surf vs Charlie Clips
"Ill make your spine double the clip take 20 mins to load - i'm having vine trouble" - Clips
"Surf the type of hitman to just wave through - I dont gotta holla shit" - Surf
"Your last name Cox cause your pops was a dickhead" - Clips"
*going by crowd response, Clips shut it down*
B-Magic vs Ill Will
"take dog out for the shit - thats a house pet / send bad niggas to your crib - thats a house guest" - Magic
"wake up in a box like Gothica / Im a star with this blue flag like Somalia" - Magic
"We all like punches but we dont always need the shit / thats why they want him to battle Lil Mama ... I mean Conceited" - Ill Will
"Once I blast him its a wrap / 3 shots will get b-trayed like I stabbed him in the back" - Ill Will
"I beat the nigga that beat you - dont forget stranger / I beat the nigga that beat you - that's a cliff hanger" - Ill WIll
"We came with those two 33s 100 mac 11s no half step / in other words we put so many number on his house we gave him a new address" - Ill Will
*BATTLE OF THE NIGHT*
"The iron will give this nigga from PG a tour" - B-Magic
ILL WILL SHUT IT DOWN PEOPLE ARE GOING CRAZY
K-Shine vs Yung Ill
"Would talk about his priorities, but "x" that / I'm a contract killa - sign him where the x at" - Ill
*Mic problems are plaguing Ill's first round*
"You already know what i'll do to this nigga / Ill put my foot in his ass - they goin have to pull my shoe out this nigga" - Ill
*The crowd is getting out of hand - battle somewhat ruined*
JC vs Tay Roc
"The hockey mask like a Might Duck / with the hockey stick - treat his head like a hockey puck" - Rock
"Fuck your squadron / I always like in a Bull's eye when im talkin" - Rock
"You the second Pontiac I've fucked up - I'm a bad driver" - Rock
"Yall goin let these broke niggas die like Obama care" - JC
"Big choppers that will knock Big Mama back to Martin" - JC
"Im put you in your place & you goin get what you earn ... that bullets in you face" - Rock
"I aint Organik - you goin die if I put 100 Bulletz in your face" - Rock
*Tay Rock thorwing mad shots at Ill Will, who is just laughing*
"When I hit man, his lil brother goin have to hold him up / once I get close enough Dose him up" - Rock
*Tay Rock is killing it ... he just spit a crazy Paul Walker line also*
*Surf and SMACK bet $2k on this battle*
*JC is coming back in the 3rd round*
*Battle looks lopsided in Tay Rock's favor, but JC had mic problems the fist 2 rounds*
Mr Wavy vs Prez Mafia
"Goons on Death Row aren't as hard as Suge/ but I run wit some theives ... i'm Robin Hood" - Prez
"First round i'm giving him hell, i'm Pinhead - I kill Joy" Prez
*Crowd loves Prez Mafia's first*
"Y'all team fraud, you dont event look like you belong here ... where's your green card?" - Wavy
'Gun about as long as a ski from the ski from the X-Games / Get your head blue like a Mets game" - Wavy
"Bang from the sticks like Questlove and Travis Barker / Then pop out the blue like Violet from Willy Wonka"
"He look like he feel some type of way / but you can get the metal to your grill liek a license plate" (sung) - Wavy
*Prez got the first and Wavy got the second*
"My flow tighter than the hoodie you wore against Ah Di Boom" - Prez
"Large rifle - the shit kick back like Shawn Michaels" - Prez
"Dyke ass nigga - Steph Curry in the face without the height ass nigga" - Wavy
*Wavy starts cracking hilarious Puertorican jokes*
*Wavy got it in the end*
Bonnie Godiva Chillin
4:57pm: Ill Will talks about his favorite KOTD battles
Jaz The Rapper & JC
Ill Will Posted Up
4:41pm: Tsu Surf says Charlie Clips is "light work"!
4:30pm: Norbes & B Magic speak on Magic's battling career
See that booty!?!
Mr Wavy Got Tha Burna!
Ill Will Posted Up
3:20pm Mr Wavy vs Prez Mafia
3:00pm Crowd Shot
2:53pm: B-Magic in the venue
1:28pm: Hear URL fans give their predictions on today's battles at Born Legacy.
1:14pm: A quick look inside the empty venue before it fills up.
November 26, 2013, 5:11 pm
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!
November 12, 2013, 2:00 am
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November 4, 2013, 2:14 pm
Before Queen of the Ring tries to expand their brand to the west coast, they tested the waters by bringing the wonderful Looney Divine to get some love only the way the east coast could show her and that is by battling Star Smilez. I caught up with Looney a couple of days before their battle dropped on YouTube.
Jon Rines – You don’t look Looney to me? I get Divine but Looney? Where’d you get that name from emma to loon?
Looney – I was always called Loon! It wasn’t really to be specific to someone, we’d always be like ‘whateva loca’ but as we started getting older, some of us started getting more crazier than others hmmmm (laugh)
Jon Rines – hmmmm!!! I wonder who? (laugh)
Looney – (laugh) Everybody started calling me Loon then one of my homeboys called Profile, he was like ‘ Looney, you’re also Divine, like beyond everything!’ like he’d pull me away from people.
Jon Rines – Negro wanted imitates Martin Lawrence’ voice DAT ASS! I mean he was on it! You gotta get the cute ones when they’re young and don’t know they cute. That was my M.O.!
Looney – (laugh) I wasn’t as nice as I probably started becoming cause when I was younger I was very impulsive. I would do whatever and go at it.
Jon Rines – You was smashin left and right wasn’t you?! Man I was on the wrong coast!
Jon Rines – Like, give me an example of something impulsive you did?
Looney – Well, okay. One thing I did a lot. If my friends would never fight a group of people… Like, a lot of my fights weren’t my fights. Cause if my friend gets nervous , what do you call it?
Jon Rines – I don’t know? Nigga need to man up?
Looney - (laugh) Like I would just run out and sock the girl (laugh) I’d sock the girl you’d supposed to fight, then her home girl would run up and hit my girl then pretty much ya know. I would just start shit, not because I wanted to start shit, but because they were gonna do it but they didn’t know how so I would get it crackin and running around laughing. I don’t know. I was the Mexican girl at school that didn’t speak any English and I don’t know I was jus WILD! (laughs)
She got into her fast talking mode and I literally couldn’t keep up.
Jon Rines – You just went into one of your battle rap speed rounds yo! (laughs) But you remind me of me in a way. I cared so much about my friends, like I’d fight to take up for them before I would myself. About me I’d let it slide, but with them I was hot headed.
Looney – I’m very protective! Very loyal to who I have a bond with.
Hope she’s single then.
Looney- (continued) Like even if my friends bring people around I’ve never met, those are the people I defend. I’m not saying I go around looking for fights but if something happens it’s whatever.
Jon Rines – Where are you from?
Looney – I was born and raised in northern California, but I’d say I grew up in Nevada in Reno
Jon Rines – And where did the rapping start
Looney – I’ve always written, I’d say around 12 and I’m 21 now.
Jon Rines – First battle?
Looney – well, I’d battle homeboys around my neighborhood and a couple of girls. It started off with tracks. Like they’d make tracks about me and I’d make tracks about them.
Jon Rines – Well who did you say your rounds to? Like everyone has a person they say their rounds to before the battle…
Looney – No one.
Jon Rines – What? NO ONE!
Looney - I lost a lot of contact with people. The last 2 years have been so different. New place , new environment so I’m not close with my friends anymore and a lot of people got taken away from me.
Jon Rines – You meant like taken away!
Looney – Yeah, I’ve had homeboys deported, locked up, shot and killed. So I keep writing to myself.
Jon Rines – Wow. So just you.
Looney – I mean I said it to my boyfriend, but he doesn’t really…. I mean you can say it to people but they don’t know what the fuck you’re saying! They don’t listen to battle rap. So they’ll say it was dope, but whatever. They don’t know. When I used to rap with some of my friends. They were dope so it made me want to be dope, but when I moved out here you rap with people, but they way they freestyle is wack as fuck. Half don’t know about rap. I feel bad asking people to listen to my verse.
Jon Rines – But you got Jon now.
Looney – JON! You may try to set me up! You probably tell every girl you interview that. What if I get set up in some Queen of the Ring drama or somethin’
I do tell every girl though.
Jon Rines – You think I would set you up, Looney?
Looney – I don’t know! (laugh)
Jon Rines – We’ll see. Do you know how much that Vlad interview helped you out? You gained hella fans off that.
Looney – I honestly don’t like that Vlad interview because I feel I made myself a target. It’s hard for me to be dishonest sometimes. If someone is nice to me then I’m nice to them. If they be mean, I start getting rambunctious and shit.
Jon Rines – But what’s wrong with that?
Looney – Put yourself in my shoes, Jon. These people are looking at you like Awww. They give you sympathy. They’re like, “Okay, she doesn’t think she’s better than us so it’s okay” You wanna be friends with the nice people, but you don’t want to be friends with someone that you see as a threat to you.
At this point, a picture of O’fficial comes to mind.
Jon Rines – Did you look down and read the comments?
Looney – I mean, I try to read comments. I read some comments on my battle and I’m like fuck this. Some are cool but some are unnecessary.
Jon Rines – I just laugh. It doesn’t bother me at all. So let’s go back to this preparation. So you get the call from Debo to battle Star Smilez and what happened.
Looney – You know what. Some people told me about this Queen of the Ring a year ago, but I didn’t pay it much attention and barely watch the battles. Then one day I decided to watch and I see this Star Smilez girl and I’m thinking ‘Yo this bitch is wacky yo!’ Then a year later my wack ass lose to the bitch! (laughs)
Jon Rines – Your “ass” isn’t wack though. It’s perfectly shaped…
Looney – Huh?
Jon Rines – Nah, but um…
Looney – But I can’t believe I lost to her knowing I am better than her. I meant what I had said about she’s not fuckin with me but I feel bad I set that to myself but couldn’t prove it to myself. I didn’t wanna battle her. I wasn’t inspired but I should have since I was the first girl from westcoast and Debo believed in me.
Jon Rines – How did you feel about the battle with Gattas?
Looney – I feel like that was the beginning of my losing streak, SHIT! I lost. Gattas is good. I feel she was more seasoned and she was my third battle. I was still running around in Reno. I didn’t care. I knew how to rap to my standard. The average little Latin girl down the street. She did good! In a way she taught me a lesson.
Jon Rines – When you won your battles, you won from your aggression and insults. I think the kind of crowd you were in loved that. Do you think it hinders you from making more clever bars since you win in crowds that don’t’ look for that.
Looney – No I don’t think so. Cause they like that shit too.
Jon Rines – I mean, I think if I took you and raised you up over here, you’d rap differently.
Looney – Well ,yeah. East coast when it comes to the rhymes they like to think more ,but over here we like more gutter hyphie movement shit.
Jon Rines – So what did you think of 40 versus Bonnie.
Looney – I love how 40 spits. She’s really lyrical. But I feel like it just wasn’t Bonnie’s night. It wasn’t like she’s horrible. Maybe life was saying ‘Don’t get your head too high up Bonnie’ you never know.
Jon – I was kinda distracted that battle because 40’s ass was so small. (laugh)
Looney – I ain’t gone lie I was watching 40’s ass the whole time! And I don’t do that! I mean even while Bonnie was rapping I was watching 40!
Jon Rines – Well I wasn’t turned on at all? (laughs) Debo gave me pictures of you to use for this interview so I was looking at you as 40 and Bonnie played in my ear.
Looney – Shut the hell up! (laughs) I didn’t even know 40 had ass like that!
Jon Rines – When I interview people there ass grows!
Looney – Wait? You interviewed her after the battle.
Jon Rines – So you’re in Queen of the Ring now so who’s next?
Looney – I want a Hispanic chick!
Jon Rines – Like who?
Looney – Dutchess!
Jon Rines – I think you gotta control your own destiny so this interview is the start of you versus Dutchess. If Dutchess reads this, what do you want to say to her.
Looney – Why the long face?
We both laugh!
Looney – who did you say would win between me and Star? I know you said she’d 3-0 me!
Jon Rines – I said I’m team Looney and you’d win 2-1!
Looney – Did you really say that?
Jon Rines – No, I said she’d 3-0 you.
Looney – Why?
Jon Rines – Because I thought the crowd wouldn’t mess with you, you’d come with aggression and personals and Queen of the Ring won’t like personals unless you can flip them into schemes are hot Bars.
Looney – They actually gave me love! And trust me, I’m taking this serious and working on my flaws.
Jon Rines – Yeah I hear you. Heard you did good. Okay, so my famous last question. Tell me why shouldn’t I have you in my top five?
Looney – NOT?
Jon Rines – Yo, I’ve asked every person I’ve interviewed this question.
Looney – Choking. But that’s a good question, I see why you ask that.
Jon Rines – Well you’ll be okay with that and your new dedication to it so I look forward to seeing you in the future.
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October 23, 2013, 1:10 am
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