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QOTR "DO OR DIE" EVENT RECAP

October 3, 2013, 2:45 am

Saturday September 28,2013 it all went down at Zab Judah's Boxing Gym in Brooklyn, East New York. Queen Of The Ring, The first all female battle league celebrated it's Third Year Anniversary with an amazing card titled Do Or Die consisting of the following match ups:

Lex Banko vs O'fficial

Young Gattas vs Chayna Ashley

Star Smilez vs Looney Divine

C3 vs Krissy Yammagucci

and 40 B.A.R.R.S vs Bonnie Godiva

*Photo Credits: Debo (QOTR)*

 

When the card for the event was released, people were most excited about the long awaited and long over due debut of Young Gattas and her bout with Chayna Ashley. Another match up that was heavily anticipated and what most called a mirror match was the clash between 40 B.A.R.R.S and Bonnie Godiva.

 

I was expecting a larger crowd as I have witnessed at past QOTR events, but the smaller crowd made for more comfortable night.  Which is a good thing. One thing I can say about the QOTR crowd is that the men to women ratio is shocking as far as fan fare goes. The men at the venue, far outweighed  women.  Why? I don't know. Anyway, As I entered the gym, and maneuvered my way past some spectators, I came across Looney Divine who was standing at 5'5 in  5 inch heels swaying left and right focusing on the rounds she prepared for Star Smilez; who was ironically standing 5 feet away from her, accompanied by her beau T-Rex, O-Red and a crew of battlers.

Things kicked off with the first matchup of the night, Lex Banko vs O’fficial. I spoke to O'fficial outside of the venue prior to ithe battle and she told me that she was calling out some people.

 

When I asked who, she said " I'm calling out everybody, I don't care, names are getting named tonight!"

 

 

O'fficial vs Lex Banko

 

O'fficial vs. Banko was the first battle of the night.

O'fficial went first after the coin toss. The crowd was so anxious to see the battle that the room was still and silent at the top of the first. I'm glad they were because O'fficial had some fire! Throughout the battle she called out C.Ash, C3, E Heart, Ms Fit and Couture. Her performance was consistent and her punches were heavy hitting. She had nice schemes and set-ups and she meant business.

Quotable from O'fficial:

" This bitch fake watch how I make her face drop , this ain't the time  to pick shit up and screw it like a fake clock. When I roll Lex face off she'll hit the ground like Ace watch."

Lex Banko came out swinging like she usually does but her overall performance was not one of her best. She had some bars and she punched crazy. But later on in the battle; since this is a QOTR event, I'll say Earl's sister "Pearl" came to pay Lex a brief visit.  Before I continue, For those of you who are not familiar with " Earl" let me put you on.  “Earl" is a fictional character who was created after the Goodz vs Hitman battle. During the battle Hitman Holla had an infamous choke and Goodz being the jokester that he is said that Gerald (Hitman Holla) was mumbling to his imaginary friend Earl during his choke. Since then, when a battler has a clear choke and a lost for words "Earl" is the culprit.  Lex recovered from her conversation with "Pearl" and picked up her high energy she came out with.

Quotable from Lex Banko: "Ima OD on B and leave a dead rapper"

OH! let me not forget, Banko  pulled out a prop during the battle and the crowd was loving it!

The third round Lex energy began to dwindle and the crowd was becoming disinterested. She had some dry spots throughout the battle. Overall, The battle was a good back and forth,  punch filled and bar heavy battle. I'm glad to see Lex Banko back in the ring and I look forward to her being more active than she has been. If you ask me who took the win, I give it to O'fficial.  Her punches hit way harder and she was far more consistent.

 

 

Star Smilez vs Looney Divine

 

This was the battle following O'fficial and Banko.

After the coin toss Looney went first.

This was Looney's first QOTR appearance so I was anticipating the crowd to be completely biased against her.  There were some hecklers in the beginning but once Looney started to spit, to my surprise the crowd was rocking with her. Of course all I hear is how good Looney looks. Despite the allure of her looks, her fast paced flow had people paying close attention to what she had to say. Looney had a few jokes and mentioned that  Rex was one of many men who was admiring her. After Star spit in the first round the crowds attention and favor went towards Star. Some would say Star spazzed on Looney in the first.

But then, "Pearl" returned to Do Or Die to pay Looney a visit as well.  Star stumbled a bit in her round and I think "Pearl" had a convo with Star too. You would think a lot of heckling would have commenced when Looney started to trip over her words and stumble but people genuinely wanted to see Looney do her thing. There were a few bad remarks thrown around, but for the most part people in the crowd encouraging Looney. Unfortunately, her fast flow was too fast for her own good.

Quotable from Looney: " C3 beat you, how you expect to handle a C4?"

Although this battle was very disappointing Star Smilez had some bars. She came at Shooney, addressing the fact that Shooney slept with T-Rex and also had a few Looney name flips.

Quotable from Star: " Saying you can eat me you're Looney Divine, I'll have Rex do you... I'll Shooney Divine."

Star took the win but I expected more from both ladies.

 

C3 vs Krissy Yammagucci

 

Well... the battle did not go down. Debo came to ring to announce that Krissy had an emergency and couldn't make it. C3 came to the ring and responded to O'ffcial calling her out. She spit a few bars at O'fficial.

Quotable from C3: "I'll leave O'fficial stretched out and flatlined just like her shirt."

It's been said the date for C3 and O'fficial to go down will be in December,  I'm looking forward to it.

 

 

Young Gattas and Chayna Ashley

 

This was, no doubt, one of the most anticipated moments in QOTR. C. Ash vs Gattas.  Gattas brought her energy when she stepped into the ring and the crowd was hyped.  C.Ash went first after the coin toss.  Chayna’s presence immediately commanded the crowd.  She was completely in control and didn't stumble.  She returned to the essence of she flowed when she began her career in Queen of the Ring.

Quotable from Chayna Ashley: "It's like I'm posing for portraits the way I keep steel."

When Gattas went next, some people in the crowd were biased in the beginning.  When I looked around the ring I saw some people with screwed and turned up lips and side eyes, but there were also some onlookers who gazed with anticipation and excitement.  When Gattas started to spit though, all that bias went out the window.  This battle was a CLASSIC, a term that I rarely use.  The bout will have heavy replay value.  I won’t quote all of the lines verbatim because you have to see this when it drops.  Gattas’s Olympic setup, and her C.Ash impression were fire! Gattas came with her witty wordplay, humor and aggression.

Quotable from Gattas: "The E Hart attack caused you to die."

This was the best battle of the night.

C Ash Mayweather line, QOTR scheme, and bullets coming with address lines was dope too. There’s so many quotables and memorable parts in this battle from both ladies its crazy.  Chayna Ashley called out O-Red and bought out a prop of a mannequin head.  She did an Imah X impression that was dope. I honestly have it going either way solely because its like they wrote so perfect for each other it flowed so well.  All I heard throughout the battle was how pretty Gattas is and how is that her real hair and how C.Ash is in her bag and so on.  Gattas interactions with fans in between rounds was impressive and commendable.  There were some die hard Gattas fans next to me mad loud annoying me though.  Real talk LOL.  I can't wait till the footage drops. Right now if I had to pick a winner though, I have C.Ash edging it.  I really want to view this battle on camera because it was really that close.  It wasn't a clean sweep or body bag on either part. That's the best I have seen C. Ash and my first time seeing Gattas live. Classic and a great match up that built the momentum and crowds excitement for the next battle on the card which was the main event.    

 

 

40 B.A.R.R.S vs Bonnie Godiva

 

I honestly called this battle "The meeting of the minds." Most people have been comparing 40 and Bonnie since they started their careers in the QOTR league. They both have similarities so I anticipated a classic.

When 40 and Bonnie came to the ring I was shocked by the appearance of both women, solely because Bonnie wasn't dolled up and 40 was. I think they both had an angle to their appearance.   Bonnie wanted people to focus on her bars and not looks 40 wanted to get dolled up because Bonnie being dubbed eye candy by the fans.

Well 40 started the battle off after the coin toss and as the battle ensued, 40 took shots at Nuborn who is rumored to write for Bonnie. She had a Jennifer Hudson line, a Cash Money scheme, an Aladdin Bar based off her calling out Bonnie's real name, Jasmine. She also said that Bonnie looked up to her.

Quotable from 40 B.a.r.r.s:  " We sound similar but we're different bruh, we homonyms."

Bonnie came with some heat, bringing up 40's parenting skills, freestyling and taking shots at John John. She also had a dope Jackson 5 line.

Quotable from Bonnie: "You mad because Tori Doe had that baby longer than you can keep a man."

There was a lot of foolery in this battle with the crowd talking throughout Bonnie's rounds, I think mainly because they were disappointed in her appearance.  I say this because the moment Bonnie got in the ring people were like " Why Bonnie not dressed up?"

The crowd lost interest here and there when Bonnie was spitting because she did have some dry spots. But her good points far outweighed the dry spots, so I don't understand why the crowd seemed to be so unforgiving.( Side Bar) I was standing  next to O Red during the battle and it was hot so being a gentleman he shared his makeshift fan he used from a flyer. A Ramadan line was mentioned in the battle; I side eyed O Red . Jokingly he took his fan back lol. S/O to ORed  for being petty Lol! (watch Hitman vs Phara  to understand why he did). Needless to say ,despite the crowd Bonnie had some hay-makers and went Ham in the third. This was an overall good battle but I have 40 taking it . Bonnie did not go down without a fight. This is another battle I anticipate seeing on camera.

 

I must say,nthis is the best QOTR event I have attended in a while. The card was very well put together and the match ups were well thought out. The crowd was the usual QOTR crowd. There were some classic lines, funny moments, and call outs that will make for some dope battles in the near future.  After the event I spoke to a few ladies.  Looney said she had a great time and she liked the crowd. C.Ash said her and Gattas put on a classic and said Gattas better come back to the ring.  40 said she was taken back by Bonnie's appearance.  She really thought Bonnie was going to come on some dolled up sh*t.  O'fficial said she's gunning for all the chicks who are bar heavy and C3 is the main one she's aiming at right now especially after she came to the ring and spit some bars towards her after her battle.

 

Aside from the cancellation of the Krissy and C3 battle and the crowd speaking through rounds when they became bored, it was a dope event. The spot was just right for my liking and not over crowded. The fans had access to battlers and was able to take pics with no problem. There was food if you were hungry, drinks if you were thirsty and the battles flowed without long intermissions or time in between. There were rest spots at two separate rings and ringside if your legs got weary lol.

 

Overall thumbs up QOTR.  Shout outs to Vague, Babs, Debo and everyone who showed me love from fans to battlers - male and female alike.  I'm looking forward to see what QOTR has cooking up for November 2nd.  I was told to save that date because it's going down.  I don't see that card topping this one, but we shall see.

- Nettie McFly (@NettieMcfly)

Rap Grid's Live Coverage of SMACK/URL's Summer Madness 3 #SM3 (Event Blog)

September 8, 2013, 9:10 am

 

 

Arsonal vs K-Shine

Big T vs O-Red

Jaz The Rapper vs Ms. Hustle

Calicoe vs T-Rex

Tay Roc vs Ill Will

Math Hoffa vs Serius Jones

Daylyt vs Swave Sevah

JC vs John John Da Don

 

 

 

Any time huge events go down, battle fans across the world scour the internet to find any kinds of updates, pictures or quotables from their favorite emcees.  This time around, Rap Grid has made it easy for you guys to find everything in one place, as our team is live at Stage 48 in New York City today to provide you with exclusive content that will be updated in this blog until the event is over. Don't forget to refresh the page, as we will be posting stuff all day!

 

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RAP GRID'S LIVE COVERAGE OF #SM3

 

ABRUPT ENDING: MATH HOFFA KNOCKS OUT SERIUS JONES & SUMMER MADNESS IS SHUT DOWN ABSENT TWO MAIN EVENTS - DAYLYT VS SWAVE SEVAH & JC VS JOHN JOHN DA DON!

 

6:00am: Math apologizes for punching Serius Jones

 

 

Daylyt goes OFF after the battle and almost has an altercation with SMACK

 

 

 

 

1:25am: Hear URL fans' first-hand account on what happened in the fight between Math Hoffa and Serius Jones.

 

 

 

Math Hoffa vs Serius Jones

 

 

After a dope rebuttal and crazy start to his first round, Math Hoffa lost a little steam and punched Serius Jones in an event that is leaving a lot of people confused and awe-struck.  Summer Madness has now been shut down!

 

Tay Roc vs Ill Will

 

 

"I'm KFC - ill wing ya drumstick and leave ya thighs and breast in a box" - Tay Rock

"Y'all gonna make me say fuck the fame and have him looking like Alonzo when the Russians came." -Ill Will

"I'm gettin head in ur mutha whip. We only fuck in the car that's the mutha ship." -Ill Will

Ill Will is going CRAZY

"Get ya life taken - that's a given / This gun'll have your shit outside - that's eviction" - Ill Will

"Cal will be Isiah Thomas: A Detroit nigga gettin pissed on with 11 in his back" - Ill Will

Tay Rock's second round is CRAZY

*Ill Will pretents to choke* "You think i'm choking?  Not here nigga ' I can't choke i'm not a top tier nigga"

"Push his wig left / bullets are Catholic priests, they'll touch his kids next"

Ill Will has one of the best performances of the night.  People are saying 2-1 towards Ill Will 

 

 

 

Calicoe vs T-Rex

 

 

"I might as well be a serial killer, cuz  a bag in a box when ur pops go" -T-Rex

 

"I aint leaving no witness cause im off in the middle of his rounds like Trick Trick" - Rex

 

Rex is going IN.  This is remiscent of his last Summer Madness Performance

 

“I just showed up on some chill shit. I coulda just shown up to this battle w/out raps on some ill shit” -Calicoe

 

"Why y'all move, Dot Mobb a bunch of bitches like Moulon Rouge" - Calicoe

 

"When that gun on top of your lip where u goin go-T" - Calicoe

 

"That fifth all chrome, that mac black / both got kick like Duncan Penderhues from Class Act" - Rex

 

"Ill murder a niggas mother for that gram ma" - Rex

 

There were some debatable battles tonight, but Calicoe vs Rex is the closest

 

"This is simple, desert eagle will give you dimples" - Calicoe

 

Calicoe just called out Tsu Surf

 

"If its drama im wit it / show up to his funeral with the same clothes I had on when I did it" - Rex

 

Calicoe got on the political tip

 

 

 

Jaz The Rapper vs Ms.Hustle

 

 

 "I'm outta school bitches, but aint shit change cause its September and i'm back to school bitches" - Jaz

 

"You lookin hurt in the streets but don't worry cause you'll get buried in da dirt with da Beats" - Jaz

 

"Y'all gunna think i'm the teachers pet when I leave da apple on her desk" - Hustle

 

"Nobes is the nigga that work for the nigga that work for the nigga that get the dutches for SMACK" -Hustle

 

Round 1 is DEBATABLE

 

Jaz is airing out Hustle's dirty laundry

 

"You can get killed for tryna rob bars, you aint see what happened to Blizzard in Juice?" - Jaz

 

"You play tough ima send Jaz to a different world if she pull them shades up" - Hustle

 

"Suge, Ars & Daylyt smashed - you let all the grapes hit, you should put a cork in it"- Jaz

 

"You not Ms Hustle.  You Ms. Struggle" - Jaz

 

Jaz pretty decisively won the battle

 

 

 

O-Red vs Big T

 

 

"He got the advantage if he batlte me cuz.  How am I supposed to come up wiht personals for a person with no personality" - Big T

 

"O-Red you know what that got in common with a target?  THE O RED" - Big T

 

*O-Red gave Big T a cookie*

 

"Tonight I go alien off that E, T / U the cheapest drink at McDonalds - that mean you sweet T" - O-Red

 

"O beast ... you just obese" - O-Red

 

Big T vs O-Red is already an excellent battle

 

"That steel peel like Real Deal / That guy'll teach ya" - O-Red

 

"They say stripes make you look slim - that don't work for you / Ur shirt look 50% reversible" - O-Red

 

First round was debatable, O-red won the second round easily

 

"I was squeezin out at the faces / I done took a plug out they head like i'm leaving out the matrix" - Big T

 

"Slow it down ... You from Jersey? Fuck I gotta put it in subtitles" - Big T

 

Battle is a debatable classic.  Red called out Math, DNA & Clips.

 

 

Arsonal vs K-Shine

 


“Now I see why cars think they can toy with you. Cuz all Dot Mob been smacked since they was little. Y'all's name’s Troy Mitchell” - Arsonal

 

"U said u can't spell bars w/out putting that Ars in it, but I ain't ever heard a good bar with Ars in it.." -K-Shine

 

"You Died soon as you cam in contact with a Big T, you Trayvon Martin" - Ars

 

"You don't ever swing shit, you a bus driver ... you supposed to have a mean hit" - Shine

 

"This a cake walk / That K so big it'll have have the shooter doing the Drake walk" - Shine

 

*Arsonal being very physical with Shine*

 

People saying that Ars got rnd 1

 

Crowd is booing Ars apparently for no reason

 

K-Shine pulled a midget out on stage with him!

 

 

General consensus is that Arsonal may have won

 

 

 

 

 

6:35pm: K-Shine vs Arsonal about to start. Apparently SNO and KG the Poet had a debatable URL battle yesterday. 2-1 either way.

 

 

6:19pm: T-Money Bagz gives his predictions for Summer Madness 3 battles.

 

 

 

T-Rex new chain?

Arsonal with the dope shirt.

 

5:37pm: SNO calls out Shotty Horroh, Real Deal, & Bigg K.

 

 

5:25pm: T-Rex speaks on battling on King Of The Dot and "Dot Mob" Madness.

 

 

4:13pm: A look inside the Stage 48 venue.

 

 

"Pay Clips Or Riot"

Daylyt Crippin Heavy

Balcony View

 

 

Shotgun Suge

 

 

 

3:35pm: We're in the venue. SMACK is screening the unseen Conceited vs Yung Ill battle from 2012.

 

 

“That's why everybody hates ur lines like the DMV” -Conceited

“With those rhymes you made it easy to separate the pro's from the con's” -Yung Ill

SM3 Stage Shot

 

 

SMACK Makes An Appearance Outside

 

Bonnie Godiva with a fan

 

 

Daylyt (aka CJ From GTA San Andreas)

 

 

Comedian Jack Thriller (This Is 50) Outside

 

 

Star & Jesse Rican from URL Battle Arena

 

 

3:09pm: Swave gives his thoughts on battling Daylyt.

 

 

2:24pm: PH calls out Illmaculate and speaks on Team Homi, Ill Will, etc.

 

 

2:02pm: Ty Law about his introduction to Ultimate Rap League.

 

 

1:43 pm: Serius Jones: Math Hoffa has been "on his dick for 10 years".

 

 

1:30 pm: The line is building up.

 

 

 

 

Battle Rap VOD: Why Hollow vs Lux May Never Happen ...

September 8, 2013, 4:54 am

 

As a leader in this battle rap culture I understand and acknowledge how important it is to creatively push forward without losing sight of what makes this artform so unique.  I like to believe that I have surrounded myself with individuals who believe the same.

 

In April of this year, RapGrid debuted our first battle rap VOD (Video On Demand) and had several releases since from 3 different leagues.  We brought the idea to Lux and Hollow to battle without a league and release the battle directly to the fans, to put them in control of their own business.

 

Let me back up for a second and explain ...

 

Battle rap business is essentially non-existent.  Before I attempted to launch a new league or negotiate with any battle rappers, I sat on the phone for hours with whom I believe to be some of the most brilliant untapped minds around about how WE can change the game in a way that makes sense to emcees, leagues and fans.  RapGrid’s idea of VOD came up and I didn’t really understand it at first - it seemed pale in comparison to a Pay-Per-View option.  When it was completely broke down to me, I realized that as long as we had a platform (RapGrid) we could create a battle rap Netflix of sorts, without having to worry about streaming costs and limitations.

 

Five months ago (April), I just picked up the phone, and proposed an idea to Hollow that looked as followed:

 

  • Hollow Da Don vs Loaded Lux - RapGrid On Demand

  • Both emcees would be able to come together and settle on a price fans would pay

  • RapGrid would reach out to battle forums an attempt to reach an agreement to stop bootlegging

  • The emcees would make the majority of the money and RapGrid would take a smaller percentage (trust me - it was a very good deal)

  • The battle would be done in private and revealed once the link was ready to purchase

  • A page would be made so all parties involved could monitor their earnings

  • All terms were negotiable

  • The battle would be released to the public for free after a set amount of time

 

I brought up the fact that the battles’ first week views on youtube could total 1 million views.  If 1% of that fan base bought a VOD, that is roughly 10k views.  10k views multiplied by a $10 VOD would total $100,000.  After RapGrid’s share and mechanical fees, Lux and Hollow would have been left as the two highest paid battlers of this era.

 

Hollow realized there was a risk involved, due to the fact that something like this had never been done before, but was open to the idea.  A meeting was set up between myself, my business partner, Loaded Lux, Hollow and two of Lux’s representatives.  During this meeting two things became clear: Lux wanted a bigger revenue share than Hollow and Lux wanted to charge the fans more than Hollow did.

 

After the meeting, all talk of RapGrid making this battle happen eventually fizzled out, but Hollow was open to battling another big name in a similar situation.

 

Personally, I hate asking people who I feel are friends to do battles or discuss any business with them.  I feel like I have taken years to earn some of these guys trust and don’t want to put a relationship in jeopardy by pushing too hard for a business move.  Eventually, we just let this idea die down.

 

Recently, Lux has revealed that he brought this plan to SMACK/URL, who turned the idea down and made one of the “poorest decisions in battle rap history.”  All is fair in the business realm and no hard feelings come from this situation, but RapGrid birthed this idea and was more than willing to make the battle happen under almost any circumstance ... including working with the Ultimate Rap League.

 

This is our Pacquaio vs Mayweather: IT NEEDS TO HAPPEN, NO MATTER WHAT!

 

RapGrid is still going to be doing VOD and is currently in the middle of doing business with a few leagues with interesting battles to offer.  To really blow this situation up, we would like to band together with two main event level battlers - the earning potential is GREAT.  I even toyed with the idea of using this method to help earn main event battlers on EBA (my new league) extra revenue, but it is definitely a risk.  Quite possibly, a risk worth taking if WE believe that change is really needed.

 

Rap Grid's goal is to offer VOD battles from as many leagues and battlers as possible. If you're a league that wants to earn more money than you can from YouTube, or a battler that wants to earn long term revenue and get more info on who their real fans are so you can build your actual career, contact us at info@rapgrid.com

 

I respect those leagues that have done their own PPV and VOD in the past months, but in order to move the culture forward everyone needs to realize that battle rap will always be bigger than one league.  We would like to work with all leagues, emcees and outlets connected with battle rap and see an opportunity to change our future for the better.

 

- Drect

KOTD WORLD DOMINATION 4 EVENT RECAP

August 28, 2013, 8:18 pm

 

I have had very mixed feelings about battle rap lately.  On one hand there are sooo many dope emcees in their prime that are simply amazing.  On the other hand, there is so much tweeting, blogging, bad business, and bitchassness fucking up the culture.  It just loses me sometimes.

 

I was genuinely excited for WD4.  To me, this was the resurgence of the beautiful "style clash."  Not only do you have street emcees going against the suburb cats, you also have multiple accents and a wide array of subject matter being thrown around, which makes each battle unique and interesting.

 

I am going off of what I saw live and haven’t reviewed any Pay Per View Footage.  This blog is written with predictions, overviews & final grades.  Why?  No idea, I like to write and be creative I guess.

 

I hope you appreciate my honesty throughout this blog.  Battle rap needs more higher ups keeping it real with the emcees, whether they are friend or foe - its the only way they will get better.

 

*All these pics are from my iPhone5 - sorry I missed flicks from some of the battles*

 

SIDE NOTES

Me and Organik got some much needed personal discussion out the way.  Got a lot of love and respect for him.  He really puts on for his city/country.

J Pro is my dude.  He’s like fam now.

 

Trevor from KOTD is the funniest dude in the world.  What a BAWSE!

Daylyt’s house was actually the one from San Andreas that CJ grew up in.  He said he saw the videogame people outside taking pictures of the neighborhood before the game came out.  Me and Clips concluded that they made CJ look like Daylyt.  Rockstar games may owe him some bread for his likeness.  I’m not joking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pat Stay is a very nice man who never orders from the menu.  He goes behind the counter and gets to know the workers at the restaurant and has them make custom plates.

 

 

Dizaster had me, J-Pro & Luke from KOTD in some 50 story building that overlooked all of Canada and me and Luke refused to stand up on the patio.  I learned just how much I don’t mess with heights.

 

Myself, Kenny (s/o to Kenny), Daylyt and Charlie Clips could not win a pickup bball game in Toronto.  God literally stopped us from winning multiple times with a bunch of life obstacles.  I was genuinely upset.

Rone didn’t get raped.

 

I love Charlie Clips, but I hate him.

 

DAY 1

 

Pigsty vs Gin-I

 

My Prediction: Hadn't seen these two emcees before, but heard their names tossed around.

 

This was a little messed up because it was the first battle of the day and the staff was still getting the sound right.  I could only hear about 30% of the battle.  Pigsty has a super-rhymy style that reminds me of Anecdote in the jumpoff days.  My advice to him would be to vary his flows and try using different vocal inflections and project towards the crowd when he is on stage.  Gin-I was very energetic, but I think he needed more lines.

 

Final Grade: D+

 

This battle would have probably been better in a closed room.  Wish I could have heard more.

 

My Winner: Pigsty

Definition vs PH

 

My Prediction: PH 2-1

 

I forget who went first, but this battle definitely woke the crowd up.  PH had a great first and Definition had a super great second.  I remember the battle coming down to what Definition did in the 3rd round and he dropped the ball a little bit (seemed like he lost the crowd?), while PH was solid throughout.  Apparently, Definition was drunk at the last world domination and PH Jazzy Jeff’d him out of the hotel room.  In PH’s first round he pretended like Definition did it to him - very funny and creative.

 

Final Grade: B-

 

The battle had highs and lows, but these two definitely sparked up the crowd.

 

My Winner: PH

 

J Pro vs Anygma

 

This was moved to Day 2

 

Pass vs Osa

 

Didn’t happen.  It crushed my life - I was so hype to see this.

100 Bulletz vs JC

 

My Prediction: JC 2-1

 

The only person I have ever really felt that convincingly beat JC was Blackheart Adonis, but apparently not too many people saw that.  In some fans eyes, JC is just plain unbeatable - he just has that very professional approach that is commonly seen in the “Top Tier.”  I knew 100 Bulletz could beat JC, but he was definitely the underdog.  Honestly ... JC kinda got washed.  I remember the third round starting and Bulletz saying “I know people from your town that gave me dirt on you” and JC was shaking his head like “yea right.”  Bulletz then says, “you live with your cockeyed sister.”  I don’t know if that was true or not but JC had a look on his face like, “oh shit ... its over.”  That’s what did it for me.

 

Final Grade: B+

 

Good battle, but a top level JC performance would have made this a classic.

 

My Winner: 100 Bulletz

Loe Pesci vs Daylyt

 

My Prediction: Too close to call

 

KOTD threw a press conference to hype up the battles the night before day one.  Daylyt came all the way from Cali and was so excited to do the press conference.  Loe Pesci did not show up to the Press Conference and Daylyt became infuriated.  I need you guys to understand that Daylyt didn’t necessarily plan to disrespect Pesci on this level until he didn’t show up to the press conference.  He literally freestyled the disrespectful stuff during the battle and didn’t completely finish his verses.  For those of you that are confused right now ... peep: Daylyt stuck his hand down his pants and rubbed it in Loe Pesci’s face, pocket checked him,  pushed him around and opened an umbrella while Loe was rapping.  I personally believe that Pesci should have just pocket checked Daylyt back and dealt with the consequences, but whatever.  Watching Poison Pen & PH argue over who actually won the battle was hilarious.  I tried to insta-video the moment, but I couldn't catch it fast enough.  All drama aside there were actually some crazy bars from both sides:

 

“I’m ahead wit the flo(or) ... DDT” - Daylyt

 

“These lines are over your head like chemtrails” - Loe Pesci

 

Final Grade: B+

 

Without the drama, this battle would have been great.  The drama still made this battle very entertaining.

 

My Winner: Daylyt ... like ... cmon son

 

Charron vs Shotgun Suge

 

My Prediction: Charron 3-0, but somehow Suge would still win

 

For about 10 mins, Charron just stood on the stage while Bishop Brigante called Suge’s name through the microphone.  After a little while, Bishop announced that Suge couldn’t make it and the lights went dim.  All of a sudden, a video of DNA pops up on the back wall.  DNA says he heard Suge couldn’t make it and he will be there in 10 minutes to battle Charron.  Everyone was kind of confused and couldn’t tell whether it was a joke or not.  10 minutes later, DNA comes on stage and the crowd goes crazy.  We had a new main event!

 

 

Charron vs DNA

 

My Prediction: DNA 2-1

 

Let me start off by saying that this battle was waaayyy better than Charron vs Suge could ever be.  Suge vs Charron would have been funny, but this was a classic battle that challenged both emcees in every way imaginable.  Charron went first and set it off with a crazy verse.  DNA responded and bodied it.  Charron responded with (in my opinion) the best verse of Day 1, “Im here to put DNA in someone else’s box (Suge) like artificial insemination” - that line was craaaaaaaaazy. In DNA’s third he did a rebuttal saying “Im not from SMACK, im from Grind Time.”  The crowd spotted me and went crazy.  Organik and Lush pulled me up to the front and DNA did a freestyle about me and the crowd went bonkers.  Every time Charron said something hot DNA looked directly at me like, “yo was that crazy!?!” So i had to keep a straight face those first two rounds haha!

 

Final Grade: A

 

The only thing that messed up this battle a teeny bit was the fact that DNA had to freestyle with no punchlines a few times, but he kept getting the crowd right back.

 

My Winner: Charron

 

 

Arsonal vs Dizaster

 

My Prediction: Dizaster 2-1

 

Dizaster is my friend.  I definitely wanted him to win and though he would win.  Arsonal as a person is mad cool, but Arsonal the battle rapper is someone that I would love to hate. The only issue is that I can’t hate him because he raps VERY VERY VERY well.  My biggest issue with battlers is that they don’t RAP enough, so i’d be a asshole hypocrite if I hated him, right?  Arsonal won the first round convincingly; it seemed like Diz was all over the place.  The second round Dizaster took one line Arsonal said and basically made the whole round a rebuttal about how Arsonal ate a girls booty.  Idk if its true, but that shit was mad funny.  I gave Dizaster the second round.  The third round Ars came with some fire and I honestly thought it was over.  Diz had a very ill angle in the third round (being hood vs being from a third world country), but he doesn’t write regular.  Dizaster writes and freestyles a bunch of rhymes before the battle.  During the battle he improvises and pulls all his lines out of thin air from a vague memory.  I think this sometimes causes issues for Diz in transition because he is literally piecing stuff together on the fly and it is not always smooth.  For this reason alone, I thought Diz wasn’t crispy and I gave the battle to Arsonal.  Apparently, Dizaster’s third round was amazing on camera and he bodybagged it.  If that’s the case, then I guess we have Arsonal vs Conceited all over again.  This scenario = mucho views.

 

“The scene will look like the Kanye crash / Paramedics will literally have to pull a baby out the car dash (Kardash)” - Dizaster ... that was CRAZY.

 

Final Grade: B+

 

I don’t know about you guys, but I ruined this battle for myself because I hung off of every single word and was being super duper analytical.  I should have just watched it and had a good time.

 

My Winner: Arsonal

 

DAY 2

Miracle vs Youth Oracle

 

My Prediction: Miracle 2-1

 

Youth Oracle raps incredibly well, but I don’t think his style is made for a big stage in front of a crowd like World Domination 4, he needs the small intimate crowd in a room.  This is the reason he wasn’t getting too many crowd reactions because he was rapping very well and not really dropping crowd pleasing punchlines.  Miracle wasn’t getting too much reaction until the third round, where he dropped 5 or 6 dope punchlines and pretty much ended the battle.  I have been waiting to see that same Miracle that beat Pat Stay years back - that was a completely different animal.

 

Final Grade: C

 

I think this would have been better if it wasn’t on a stage.  I really can’t remember what Youth Oracle was saying - I just really liked his flow and ability to actually RAP.

 

My Winner: Miracle.  That is based off of the third round alone.  I didn’t really have a winner after the first two.

Uno Lavoz vs Purpose

 

My Prediction: Purpose 2-1

 

Out of all the people in the world that I have shared my unbaiased opinions about, the FIRST ONE TO EVER g-check me was Uno Lavoz lol.  I got g-checked twice at WD4, but i'll get to that later.  Uno comes up to me like, “Yo son!  You didn’t even talk about me in the blog.  You just told Purpose to keep banging!”  Honestly, my bad Purpose - I knew who you were.  I just was trying to make sure, but Poison Pen messed it all up in the vlog.  I actually judged this battle.  I am going to say here exactly what I said there: If Uno Lavoz stops stuttering and mumbling, he will be GREAT.  The man is one of the best entertainers in battle rap.  I lowkey think that he paved the way for cats like Daylyt to get love (even though Daylyt does THE MOST.)  Uno had the best fake choke in history.  First of all, it was believable.  Second of all, he said, “I did it on Purpose.”  That was soo crazy - I thought he was going to win after that.  Uno Lavoz, I am speaking directly to you right now.  Please Listen: BE SMOOTH WITH YOUR SHIT!  You are very creative and know how to control the crowd, but when you start rapping on your Philly shit, make sure you deliver that shit crisp and then jump back into the funny stuff.  Every time you stumble over a word, the punchline you are building up to loses impact.  Now Purpose went through all of his rounds straight without messing up and he had one line that was crazy (can’t remember it sorry.)  My advice to Purpose is to throw in more punchlines and try to KO your opponent.  Purpose is a very good rapper (google Pegan Elypsis - his group is dope,) but he needs to up the anty if he’s going to compete with these top cats, especially if battles are on stages now.  Learn how to make the crowd go crazy.

 

Final Grade: B

 

Both did good, but a few more punches from Pupose and clean delivery from Uno would have made it great.

 

My Winner: Purpose

 

Tantrum vs Protege

 

My Prediction: No clear winner.  Had to see it.

 

I am a big fan of both of these guys.  The crowd wasn’t really feeling it and they actually boo’d tantrum at one point.  I was in the back, so I couldn’t really tell, but someone told me tantrum messed up out the gate.  From what I did hear, their battle had too much rappity rap in it.  They were both rapping matching up a lot of syllables while trying to make a point.  I did, however, like the part where Protege rhymed all the different ninjas and such that Tantrum likes to turn into during the course of a battle.  That was real funny.

 

Final Grade: C-

 

My Winner: Protege

 

The Saurus vs Loonie

 

I’m sad this didn’t happen.  Having Pete at an event is always great.  If you don’t know who Pete is ... watch more battle rap.

J Pro vs Anygma

 

My Prediction: J Pro 3-0

 

Anygma stands for a lot.  I think of him as a political rapper.  Most of the time, its hard for Americans to understand the process that someone from another country may have to go through just to make it to an event like a battle.  There was a flood in the Philippines, people couldn’t get visas - there was all type of stuff going on.  This is actually the reason why Loonie couldn’t make it.  That being said, I didn’t think that Anygma could keep up with J Pro’s punchlines, especially since the battle was on a stage and the crowd probably wasn’t thirsty for “real talk.”  To my surprise, Anygma really shined and had some of the most creative angles of the night, “I don’t need similes to diss like you” is one of my favorite bars EVER.  J-Pro was punching about everything from Cookie Monster to the Philippines economy.  “You guys always been victims of World Domination” smh.  This is the battle that woke the crowd up and threw Bonnie & Gattas the alley oop.

 

Final Grade: B+

 

The battle didn’t end bad, but the first two rounds were very very good.  J Pro had a huge advantage in the energy department.

My Winner: J Pro

Bonnie Godiva vs Young Gattas

 

My Prediction: Gattas 2-1

 

I manage Gattas.  I have to admit ... I go a little too hard on her.  I be like *whip crack* watch 100 battles and develp all levels of talent (LOL.)  Me and her came up with an idea to do a female Slaughterhouse that battles and makes music, since the girls dont have any cliques and are always fighting and whatnot, we knew the fans would eat it up.  Due to all levels of ratchetness and laziness (one day I might publically share some of the stories smh,) it just never happened.  Gattas called me before the battle and was like, “If me and Bonnie is a classic I wanna put her in the group.”  Long story short ... her and Bonnie was a classic, now Bonnie’s in the group.  MAN this battle was crazzzzzy.  After Bonnie’s first round, Gattas looked at me like, “Awwww shiiiit here we go.”  This is going to be a preference battle.  It depends on what type of content you like and what rhymes you prefer in each round.  I’ve heard THE MOST about this battle: Gattas 3-0, Bonnie 3-0, 1-1 with a debatable third - all kinds of stuff.  At the end of the day, they both won.  I was a fan of Bonnie’s “I would give you the finger, but that’ll prolly get your dumb ass wet” and Gattas turning Bonnie into Clyde Drexler.  Daylyt says he wish Bonnie kissed Gattas back and they made out on stage.  SMH no female should ever agree to battle Daylyt - it would be over.

 

Final Grade: A

 

People are calling this the best female battle of all time.  I’m not going that far - we’ll just wait until the footage drops.

 

My Winner: They both won.  Watch their stock rise crazy now.

Tycoon Tax vs Cortez

 

My Prediciton: Cortez 2-1

 

I thought this would be the best battle of the whole event.  When Cortez was announced, the crowd went craaaaaaaaaaaaazy, when Tax was announced, the crowd went craaaaaaaazzzziiiieeeeerrrrrr.  I just knew this was going to be a classic.  I actually heard a round from Tez before the battle and I was like, “If Tax don’t get on that level, its over.”  The battle started and Cortez didn’t get too much love from the crowd.  Tax goes second and the crowd erupts with every line he delivers.  Let me break down what happened: Cortez over-delivered some lines and they didn’t get the reaction he was looking for.  I don’t know if this caused him to keep over-delivering to try compensate for lack of crowd reaction but something was off.  I don’t think Canada would just hate on Cortez for no reason, but there was something that I couldn’t really put my finger on.  Tycoon Tax was getting too much reaction - it was to the point where im thinking, “the crowd is going to kill the footage.”  If you were kind of paying attention, you would have swore that Tax 3-0’d Cortez off of the crowd reaction alone.  I don’t remember everything they were saying, but the crowd is going to look biased on the footage.  I just hope it doesn’t kill Tycoon Tax because I knew this was his chance to solidify his spot and put on for T-Dot.

 

 

Final Grade: ?

 

My Winner: I can’t call it because the crowd was being OD.  At one point I was paying more attention to the crowd than the battle.  I heard they did a rematch in the hotel - anyone got the footage?

Rone vs Real Deal

 

My Prediction: Real Deal 2-1

 

This battle was hosted by the Grind Time staff.  Me, Kap, Lush & Pen - oh how amazing!  Remember I said I got g-checked twice?  Well Rone got at me for not being in the top 100 (Him and Prophet was in the 50 Honorable Mentions.)  Sorry Rone *icing the black eye he gave me.*  Anyways, Real Deal killed Rone in the first round to the point where everyone on the stage is like, “its over.”  Rone comes back with an amazing second round and the rest of the battle was just amazing.  Amazing on top of amazing to the third power.  This fool Rone said, “If you got the mac in the back of the ac ... you are stealing your neighbors wifi.” #Yikes!  Real Deal went in on all the guys from SMACK/URL that are ducking him ... I rep Boston all day, but that shit he said about Chilla Jones being the biggest Mark in Boston since Wahlberg was nuts lmfao.  Crazy battle.

 

Final Grade: A+

 

My Winner: There is no way to tell who won without watching this footage back.  Sorry.

Charlie Clips vs Hollohan

 

My Prediction: Charlie Clips 2-1

 

Charlie Clips did THE MOST in this battle.  This may be my favorite performance from him ever.  He turned into a white boy, made the crowd boo him on purpose, made the crowd feel racist if they didn’t cheer, did a tribute to Rosa Parks, dissed SMACK and opened a Sprite Can.  Hollohan may be the only battle rapper on Earth that does all bars with minimal gun references and no personals.  I think Hollohan’s style is very dope and its refreshing that he doesn’t use personals as a crutch, but he needed SOMETHING cause Clips came at him with that Ray Allen 3 pointer in game 6 heat.  This battle was a 3-0 live, but Hollohan was rapping so well that I know he will probably win a round on camera or people may prefer his style.  Hollohan said Clips got caught driving his getaway car through the Drive Thru LMFAOOO!

 

Final Grade: A-

 

If Hollohan had personals, this would have been an A+

 

My Winner: Charlie Clips

 

 

Pat Stay vs Arcane

My Prediction: Pat Stay 2-1

 

I remember thinking, “Why is Arsonal vs Dizaster on Day 1?  I hope everyone stays for the title match.”  When I tell you that Canada put on for their title match ... damn the crowd was crazy intense.  Best reactions of the whole entire event.  I understand a lot of people feel that Arcane may have won and i’m not mad at that, just let me break something down: I dont know how well fans can grasp this, but when you rap, sometimes it takes a lot for you to respect another mans pen game.  As an emcee, we respect things that have not been said before and are delivered in a creative and original way.  Pat Stay was saying things that were making all of the other battle rappers look at each other like “this man is great.”  For instance, Pat Said, “I don’t care if you poppin oxy moron, don’t get smart idiot” - wtf that was mad original.  Wait til you see his geometry scheme that ended with “a cute angle” -  it was soo crazy.  Pat Stay has a charismatic aura that can’t really be matched.  Ever since he battled in Nova Scotia, I knew he was one of the best, but now I feel like the man is one of the 10 best battle rappers in the world - NO DEBATING!  I know this may sound very biased towards Pat, but I just met the man for the first time in my life this past weekend.  I am saying all of this based on his skill set.  Arcane was dope, but I think his first round should have been as good as his third.  If those two rounds were switched, the battle would have went down to the wire.  I felt like Pat Stay had already won going into the third.  Arcane had some crazy chess line and ended with, “We all seen him make crooked moves dodging Bishop tryna get to the king” - crazy.  I honestly don’t hold it against Arcane for the whole stealing bars thing.  I’m not going to ruin anything for the fans, but a lot of battle rappers do way worse than Arcane did, they just don't get caught.  I'm not a fan of exposing people that you are supposed to be cool with anyway.  Shit is messed up, but I do think Arcane is dope and he deserved to hold the chain for that long.  He defeated the odds and had a lot of classic matchups that I give him credit for winning and having classic performances.  He really looked destroyed when he lost ... I felt bad as hell, but thats the game - you win some and you lose some, but you live to see another day.

 

Final Grade: A-

 

If Arcane had convincingly won the first round, it would have been too crazy.

 

My Winner: Pat Stay

 

Conclusion

 

Congrats to Organik, Gully, Avi, KingFly and the whole KOTD staff for having a classic event.  There are always bumps in the road, but they made a lot of last minute adjustments and pulled through.  I was proud to attend and get to know some of these guys on a personal level.  Great Job!

 

- Drect

 

Behind The Battles: Hollow Da Don (Battle Rap Documentary)

August 5, 2013, 6:37 pm

 

 

WATCH NOW! --> Behind The Battles: Hollow Da Don

 

The entertainment industry is riddled with fakes, phonies and aspiring actors.  Often, the only way fans can see their favorite personalities in true form is through interviews or behind the scenes videos, which are often edited for TV - thank god for the internet.

On January 31, 2011 I published a video about Conceited called “Behind The Battles” to YouTube in an attempt to give fans insight into what goes on behind the scenes of battle rap.  To my surprise, everyone loved it and began asking for more episodes.  This was something I always wanted to come back to.

In between watching ESPN 30 for 30, Oprah’s Interview with Rihanna, and VH1 Behind the Music, I became re-inspired to make this documentary series.  Often times, battle rap lacks the proper media surrounding battles/rappers and I feel as though this element needs an introduction to our forever-growing fanbase.

As with all of our exclusive videos, this documentary will eventually be free, but the $2.99 price tag is split between the battle emcee, the Rap Grid site, and production costs.

Welcome to Behind the Battles, Rap Grid’s monthly documentary series.  Thank you for your continued support throughout the years.

 

 

 

Click Here To Watch Behind The Battles: Hollow Da Don (Full Documentary)

 

Part 1 (below):

 

Click Here To See The Full Documentary

 

- Drect

More Pics From SMACK/URL's NOME III

June 26, 2013, 6:00 am

JC INTERVIEW AND NOME3 PREDICTIONS

 

 

"SMACK TALK"

POISON PEN & SWAVE SEVAH

JC

MONEY BAGZ, BUGGS, POISON PEN & FAM

LUX SPITTIN' THEM BARS

YES ... ADRIEN BRONER DID BATTLE MURDA MOOK

T-REX "GROWN MAN BARS"


 

DIZASTER VS T-REX = EPIC

 

 

 
 

Live Coverage of SMACK/URL''s NOME III (Event Blog)

June 23, 2013, 4:21 pm

 

 

Any time huge events go down, battle fans across the world scour the internet to find any kinds of updates, pictures or quotables from their favorite emcees.  This time around, RapGrid has made it easy for you guys to find everything in one place, as our team is live at Stage 48 in New York City today to provide you with exclusive content that will be updated in this blog until the event is over. Don't forget to refresh the page, as we will be posting stuff all day!

 

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12:00 pm: The line is building up

 
 

12:38 pm: Battle Rap Arena's Jesse Rican gives his predictions for URL's NOME3

 

 

12:53 pm: Norbes speaks on event

 

 

 

 

1:02 pm: SMACk and Beasley outside venue

 

 

1:22 pm: DNA speaks on battle with Chilla Jones

 

 
1:55 pm: Posion Pen speaks on Dizaster's translation to URL, the return of Hollow Da Don, & more
 
 
The Venue: forty8
 
 
SMACK Gettin some love
 
 
O-Red taking interviews
 
Moneybagz outside
 
 

1:02 pm: Tsu Surf on the meaning of his name and his strategy against Hollow Da Don

 

 

2:57 pm: B-Magic on how he feels about Charlie Clips as an opponent, and why he's a unique battler

 

 

3:17 pm: Charlie Clips compares battling on URL with Don't Flop and other international leagues

 

O-red, Tsu Surf & Jersey holdin' it down

Shotgun Suge
Aye-Verb (and Hitman Holla)
 
K-Shine
 
Organik
 

3:45 pm: Organik at his first large URL battle, speaks on which URL rapper he'd like to see on King Of The Dot

 

 

CHARLIE CLIPS VS B-MAGIC

 

 

"When I squeeze ratchets it will be magic the way June disappear" - Clips

 

"Why are y'all on magic Johnson if all he can do is best (Rosenburg) raw" - Clips

 

"These cocaine lines to bring yung ill back" - Clips

 

"Everywhere I go bring that Mac. I'm soft where?" - Clips

"Ur a g magic Well Im a non believer u go in jail a tight end and come out a wide receiver" - Clips

"Jump around and get beat fast like techno" - Magic

"A liter of blood will run out him like death row" - Magic

Magic flipped Clips’ room scheme then said the ring card girls have stretch marks

 

"You'll be done before the 3 rd round on some Qleen shit" - Magic

Rd. 1 DonDemarco count: Magic - 6 Clips- 9

Rd.2 DonDemarco count Magic - 4 Clips - 6

Clips is saying Magic’s bars make no sense.

"Ima move this crip aside this g was never no biggie. Y'all been hypnotized." - Clips

"That's why ur wins low like Urkel bitch" - Clips

 

SMACK & ARIAN BRONER

 

DNA VS CHILLA JONES

 

Chilla Jones invents a new style called “double scheme”

 

Chilla’s mic is too low and is getting a little slept on

Chilla spazzed out in 1st round

“Once i kill him for chicken they goin take him off the Boston Market” - DNA

Round 1 Don Demarco count: DNA - 8 Chilla Jones 5

Hollow just showed up in the building. Heads are going crazy. Return of Da Don.

DNA pulled his tooth out on some old school shit!

Just announced that Arsonal battles Aye Verb on July 21st in St. Louis

 

 
6:36 pm: Hollow Da Don before Tsu Surf battle on his time away and battling on King Of The Dot
 
 
Big T vs K-Shine up
 
 

I come back to cross t like I'm writing in cursive - @_kay_shine.

Another nigga with a death wish sawed off shotty fuck around and eat a breadstick @_kay_shine rd 1

Another 5 foot nigga with a death wish. Headshot will have his brains lookin like Chex Mix @bigtqmb

Y'all put a Chicagorilla against a Harlem koala bear @bigtqmb all 1st round

Okay @_kay_shine with a cold and flu medication scheme. Rd 2.

Wow looks like Big Tjust dropped a sandy hook reference that was actually too offensive for the crowd!

Ouch K-Shine stumbled while quoting BigL and the crowd turned on him crazy.

No doubt Big T will be called the winner of his battle #nome3

 

Papoose peepin the battles:

 

 

Overheard Arsonal say he lost $50 on K-Shine

 

Long hiatus. People are shouting refund and bullshit

 

Adrian Broner Challenged Mook to a $200,000K battle at Summer Madness 3

 

Hollow Arriving

 

 

Arsonal Reppin for UW Battle League

 

 

 

PEACE TO CORTEZ

 

 

CONCEITED VS HITMAN HOLLA

 

 

Y'all put Jada in his prime against Coolio @hitmanholla


Bragging is what the goofy do. If I still lived with my momma my closet would be Coogi too - @hitmanholla

 

Crowd feelin Hitman

"Shotgun you a fraud. So what u pushed little Bill. Why didn't u do that to swave." -Hitman

"Bringing props to win. I ain't wit dat if I'm gonna bring a prop to a battle that shit gon have kickback" @hitmanholla

 

I knew I smelled something funny if some1 said they knew where Holla-toast-is - @conceitednyc

 

So far @conceitednyc vs @hitmanholla may be battle of the night.

 

Hitman fell off in the 3rd, but a lot of people are saying his first round is the best in battle history & the battle as a whole is one of the best.

 

 

 

HOLLOW DA DON VS TSU SURF

 

 

 

 

Here we go! @hollowdadonlom - corporations play like philanthropists. Cuz everybody that raps like this chokes like lux or Canibus -Hollow

I can push tsu aside cuz I knew this was a body from the jump @hollowdadonlom

Tsu surf gonna get that title title wave and he gon see shells for shore @hollowdadonlom

I went from having my own clothing line to wearing matching clothes in jail @hollowdadonlom

 

Whoa @hollowdadonlom threw money on @tsu_surf

 

Hard rebuttal for @tsu_surf opener #nome3

trying to hit everything standing. Got a kick back when it shoot so when u aim u gotta slant it - @tsu_surf

Run for cover I felt just as bad as ur father putting a hollow in ur mother - @tsu_surf

Ok @tsu_surf goin hard right now. Shittin on Hollows Grindtime roots

 

I'm sharp it's off with his head. Should I say it again-tsu (ginsu) - @hollowdadonlom

 

Ur last time goin hard is the 1st time I remember being on a card. Anything Pryor to that was funny @tsu_surf

By the crowd Feeling like its one round each now @hollowdadonlom vs @tsu_surf

 

It aggression like PAC in juice but ur rhyming like DR. Suess @hollowdadonlom

You got fans blindfolded by the trash like a Febreeze commercial @hollowdadonlom

3 rd for @hollowdadonlom is a good look #nome3

 

I ran up on him stabbed him up gave him a buck fifty and the funny thing about that, I had a gun with me @hollowdadonlom

 

Close battle.

 

 

ADRIEN BRONER VS MURDA MOOK

 

Look at the face on him. Why u play with him. This about the time Stallone pop out and shout Adriaaann @murdamook

You know why this is 1 round battle today. Cuz usually my fights is over before round 2 - Adrien Bronner #nome3

 

DIZASTER VS T-REX

 

 

Last battle @organikhiphop hosting with @smackwhite

Smack says this is @mrdizaster s first debut

 

Rex on now.

First @ihatetrex- u use ur hype to tower over ur oppoent. That's cool. But how it feel to look down to a nigga u look up to #nome3

 

That 44 is as long as a @chillajones setup @ihatetrex

 

This URL he trespassing. He ain't got no business here @ihatetrex

 

Me bein a nurse knock it off. Honestly I wish I was so I could get scripts and knock those percs and oxys off -  T-Rex

 

Dizaster Round 1

 

1st round @mrdizaster brand new flock in the box I'm like a manager at Sea World if that seals broken I won't buy it

Ill beat this pussy up like the bulldog from Tom and Jerry @mrdizaster

 

Dizaster I hate everything about him I'm ready to shoot a cab driver every time I think about him @ihatetrex

U get shot. Barrel on that 44 smokin like a hookah spot @ihatetrex

 

How u gonna show anyone grown man bar when u look like a fat woman a little Roseanne Barr @mrdizaster

 

You said for Mook and shine you'd use the 9. What are u waiting for that to happen 2 more times? @mrdizaster

 

Diz going in

Ill shoot her badu her get her mf'in head wrapped. That catapiller will get hear head peeled back @ihatetrex

We both got robbed for our dot chains @mrdizaster

We both got robbed for our dot chains @mrdizaster

Battle over.  More video and photos coming soon.  Stay tuned to www.rapgrid.com. 

 

JC's winner predictions (taken earlier in the day)

 


 

Drect's Top 100

June 11, 2013, 11:32 pm

 

 

It took me about two months to finish, but we are finally here at the TOP 10 BATTLES of all time. At first, I hated the idea of this list, but I knew it would get a lot of attention. Now, I'm happy I put this together - real fans appreciate the list and the battle emcees love it. See you again at the end of the year when I update it! Without any further adieu ... get ready to argue for weeks - Drect

 

Dont forget to hit "view next in series" underneath battles that either have multiple parts or are part of a series

 

Check out the entire list:

Click here to see 1-10

Click here to see Top 50 Honorable Mentions

Click here to see 11-20

Click here to see 21-30

Click here to see 31-40

Click here to see 41-50

Click here to see 51-60

Click here to see 61-70

Click here to see 71-80

Click here to see 81-90

Click here to see 91-100

Prologue

When I first announced that I would be making a "Top 100 Battles of All Time" list, the immediate reaction of the majority of my peers seemed to be, "why would you put yourself through that kind of stress?"  What some may look at as stressful or overbearing, I like to look at as a challenge - maybe this is my duty; I feel empowered to teach the people about something I love so much.

At one point in time, there were only two classifications of battle rapper: one that sucks and one that doesn't.  In the last 20 or so years battle rappers have consistently raised the bar in this craft by developing unique styles and complicating rhymes, which has ultimately resulted in millions of fans gravitating toward the artform and their favorite personalities within it.

Now that battle rap is huge, judging is nearly extinct and the majority of emcees are very talented, everything is based off of opinion.  If I like you personally, am a fan of your music or know your little brother, chances are that I will log onto youtube and defend you in the comment box.  This has a lot of people watching and interacting with the artform, but I believe it has one downfall ...

New fans of battle rap have been introduced to the scene in a very comment-box/reality-based youtube fashion.  They don't have the same feeling or knowledge a lot of us battle rap purists have gained through 10+ years of involvement with the culture.  Instead of seeming like a bitter old man (which a lot of hip hop notables tend to do when something/someone new comes along or changes,) I have decided to teach.  This is my reason for writing The Top 100 Battles of All Time.

Introduction

As I have mentioned time and time again, battle rap is HEAVILY based on opinion.  It is nearly impossible for anyone to 100% agree with my list.  A lot of my writing is based on a heavily educated, yet personal opinion of the artform.  I have ran battle leagues, been to countless battle rap events, manage battle rappers and speak to different fan bases all the time.  The most important part of this list was that I didn't rush it and took the time to understand why different fans like different things.  Whether it be geographical location, lifestyle similarities, historical value or personal opinion - I asked EVERYTHING.

You can choose to either look at this top 100 list with critical, yet argumentative eye or treat it as a guide of sorts.  I purposely chose to include both freestyle and written battles for a simple reason: nobody else would dare do it and there is great historical significance in some of the things we tend to forget about.  A few different people/companies have chose to make lists of their own, which I respect, but I bring an unprecedented amount of knowledge from all facets of the battle rap world and would like to educate the fans instead of force feeding them a bunch of recent or highly viewed material.

When making this list, I needed a criteria - something readers could easily understand and grasp - not only follow my writings, but form their own opinions.  So, along with 100 of the greatest battles, I have included a detailed write-up on each match, which whould give you some insight into my ranking system.
 

*Note: This list does not include battles from 2013, as I will be creating an updated list at the end of the year*

 

*click picture to view battles*

Battle Rap Network: Barfest I (Pics)

June 4, 2013, 10:10 pm

 

 

 

Verbs, Poison Pen, The Deadman, Germfree, Aspect One, Okwerdz & Lush One

 

 

Saturday, June 1st marked the first of many upcoming events for Rap Battle Network - a new youtube-based battle company that has implemented a monthly/yearly subscription service in an attempt to further build battle rap business.

 

Poison Pen, a huge staple in the battle rap community put together their first card, which featured the following:

 

Real Deal vs Bigg K

Math Hoffa vs Daylyt

John John Da Don vs Shotgun Suge

J-Pro vs Syd Vicious

Bonnie Godiva vs Loonie Divine

 

Huge shoutout to @FuckYourHustle & @EvaDivaDoll for submitting these dope pictures:

 

the DJ getting ready

Real Deal vs Bigg K

Bonnie Godiva vs Loonie Divine

Dizaster killing the cypher

Daylyt literally slept on Math

Behind the scenes with Germfree, Traphik (Timothy De La Ghetto), Okwerdz, Aktive & more!

 

Definitely looked like a dope event.  Follow Poison Pen on twitter at @PoisonPenBK and check out RapBattleNetwork on Youtube

Top 100 Battles All Time: Honorable Mentions List

May 29, 2013, 9:09 pm

 

Before we get ready to drop our highly anticipated 10 best battles of all time, RapGrid thought it was only right to do 50 "Honorable Mentions."  This Honorable Mentions list is filled to the brim with battles that almost made the cut (in no particular order), vids that people sleep on HEAVILY, or rightfully should have been a top 100 battle (depending on who you ask.)  Either way, there are waaay more than 100 significant rap battles in history and these emcees deserve some credit, so without any further adieu, here are the 50 Honorable Mentions, for the Top 100 Battles of All Time:

 

 

Marvwon & Quest MCODY vs The Saurus & Illmaculate - 1st Battle

First time Illmac & Saurus took a loss

 

Yung Ill vs Tsu Surf

“Toughest nigga in the Midwest is Aye Verb’s mother”

 

Locksmith vs Dizaster

Dizaster’s first loss & Locksmith’s solidification as a legend

 

FLO vs Dumbfoundead

One of the funniest battles in history

 

Masta Ace vs Boogie Man

After a disagreement, Ice T set up this infamous battle on the set of Lyricist Lounge

 

Lotta Zay vs C4

Most slept on battle in New Jersey history

 

Pooh Bear vs K. Reid

Monster match between Chicago and Detroit

 

Ghetto Ghost (aka Johnny Ca$h) vs Nymesis

106 Champion takes on one of Dot Mobb’s nicest members

 

Roxanne Shante vs Busy Bee

Roxanne fucked up Busy Bee and Frukwan in the same night smh

 

G.Dash & King Jordz vs Arkaic & Eurgh (Week 10)

The definition of “Down to the Wire” - Everything was at stake

 

Remy Martin vs Lady Luck (Both)

The original female battle that paved the way & blew up Fight Klub

 

Iron Solomon vs Flamez

No crowd - just crazy, bars, jokes & freestyles

 

HighCollide vs Madness

“More chickens in your front yard that the Legend of Zelda” - classic FL grudge match

 

Syahboy vs Scotty P

Controversial battle that proved Syah is one of the most charismatic people in battle rap

 

Young Kannon vs Big Kannon

The battle of the Kannon’s would have to be a classic, right?

 

Marvwon & Quest MCODY vs Madd Illz & Parable - Battle 1

One of the most dominating 2on2 performances of all time

 

Dirtbag Dan vs The Saurus

That third round ... wow

 

Pat Stay vs Miracle

One of the biggest battle upsets - all time

 

Arcane vs 100 Bulletz

Possibly the best battle in KOTD's Grand Prix history

 

Kaboom vs Tay Rock

Philly vs Baltimore Lionz Den street classic

 

Iron Solomon vs Shirt N Tie

Hold up ... What did Iron Solomon just say?  Daaaaaaamn!

 

Swann vs Rhymefest

Classic scribble final - Rhymefest avenged an earlier loss

 

Ness Lee vs Dirtbag Dan

Ness was on crutches & homeless - Dan gave no fucks

 

Busy Bee vs Kool Moe D

The original battle

 

Fresco vs Illusion Z

“This is my favorite part ... Selena getting shot in the face”

 

The Saurus vs Franco

“James Van Der Beek on 8 grams of speed”

 

Iron Solomon vs Mic Assassin

The term “body bag” was invented when this battle dropped

 

Ness Lee vs Illmaculate

When M.O.B got shut down, they took it back to the streets for a classic

 

Tricky P vs Deffinition

Never thought a complement battle could be so great

 

The Saurus/Illmac vs Madd Illz Parable - 2nd battle

“Eddie G from Tekken 3”

 

 

 

Sahtyre vs Real Deal

Slept on classic - one of the hardest battles

 

Heartless vs Syd Vicious

Crazy debut for both emcees - dope bars

 

Dizaster vs Illmaculate

One of the best displays of freestyle vs written

 

Rone vs Prophit

Prophit should have seen it coming (he’s not that type of prophet though)

 

Frank Stacks vs Surgeon General

Worst comedy bodybag of all time

 

Dirtbag Dan vs FLO

Set the standard for non-main events

 

Mosh Jelton vs D-Lor

Mosh & D-Lor at their best

 

The Saurus vs Tantrum - Tourettes Champion Battle

The Saurus proves why he’s the freestyle battle GOAT

 

Chilla Jones vs M.Ciddy

Just when you thought lyricism reached its peak, here come reverse punchlines

 

Hitman Holla (aka Yung Holla) vs Yung Ill

Yung Ill was COLD - that’s why they call him “Ice Pack”

 

 


 

Jae Millz vs Sire Castro

“How it went to him Diddy?”

 

Midwest Miles vs Aye Verb

The reason not to sleep on Miles

 

Osa vs 24/7

Young Bike Rack got busy

 

Loe Pesci vs Tantrum

“The head go wit it”

 

Possesed & Whashisface vs Illmaculate & The Saurus - Battle 1

“Its the US bitch, we advocate war / and  our country is just arrogant enough to eradicate yours”

 

Fresco vs Kid Twist

“I'll pull the tool, leave a hole in you ... a perfect circle”

 

Don LadyII & Tori Doe vs Shooney Da Rapper & Phara Funeral

Highest viewed female rap battle in history

 

Fredo vs Lyraflip

“Look like Luigi touched ‘em a mushroom”

 

Conceited vs Tall T

The beginning of the Conceited phenomenon - R.I.P Tall T

 

Ness Lee vs The Saurus

So many great rebuttals in crunch time