Battle Rap has come a good distance. Early hip-hop was constructed on combative foundations, with borough preventing borough for final domination; in some ways, KRS One’s “The Bridge Is Over” retains Battle Rap parts, all the way down to the visceral viewers response. Moments like Jay-Z and Busta Rhymes’ fabled high-school tete-a-tete stay entrenched in cultural lore. During BET’s late nineties heyday, a weekly section referred to as “Freestyle Friday” emerged as a fan favourite, and certain served as many a younger fan’s introduction to the subculture. Of course, Eminem’s eight Mile performed a pivotal position in bringing Battle Rap to the lots, a “gateway” for these looking for additional exploration into the game.
In 2006 and 2007, Jumpf TV hosted back-to-back installments the “World Rap Championships.” While the primary included rappers from the United States and the UK, the next match expanded to incorporate artists from the States, Canada, Australia, and the UK. Though competitors was fierce, and notorious “stolen tapes” went on to solid a darkish cloud upon the occasion, the mixed forces TheSaurus and Illmaculate proved formidable; the duo went on to take residence the prize cash, additional solidifying their reputations within the course of.
While Jumpf TV in the end dissipated, King Of The Dot emerged, and shortly turned the outstanding discussion board for high-end Battle Rap occasions. In truth, the bulk outstanding names have held it down in battle, together with TheSaurus, Illmac, 360, Dumbfoundead, Iron Solomon, Dizaster, the late Bender, PoRich, Arcane, Rone, and course former KOTD champion Kid Twist, who truly got here by means of to co-write the screenplay for Bodied.
In fact, the historical past Battle Rap is intensive, and the solid characters huge. To do justice to the varied contributors and champions would take, on the very least, a number of historians. Yet Bodied is ready to reach on November second. With appearances from Kid Twist, Dumbfoundead, and Dizaster, it’s completely doable that Bodied will depart many viewers diving into the world, determined to compensate for years memorable head-to-heads.
In honor the upcoming flick, listed here are 5 Battle Rap’s greatest battles, which ought to serve a worthwhile introduction to the craft, and those that dwell and breathe it.
HONORABLE MENTION: DUMBFOUNDEAD VS TANTRUM
For anyone who appreciates the comedic parts battle rap, you’d be exhausting pressed to discover a extra amusing battle than Dumbfoundead VS Tantrum. While Dumb has delivered no scarcity wonderful rounds, his efficiency in opposition to Tantrum completely encapsulates his jol, but scathing fashion; he’ll clown you with out resorting to aggressive posturing, and have you ever laughing whereas doing so. Though this one is comparatively low-stakes, it serves as the right introduction to Battle Rap tradition, and options an countless slew hilarious punch-lines. “What the hell dude, cease rapping and promote sneakers,” raps Dumb, “after he misplaced that battle he went to his dad, received down on his knees and stated ‘I’ve failed you.’”
5. KID TWIST VS DUMBFOUNDEAD
Though we have already seen what he can do, Dumbfoundead discovered himself going through a really formidable opponent in Kid Twist. The comedically inclined rappers confronted f within the first KOTD championship, again in 2009. Though some the extra racially pushed materials hasn’t precisely aged gracefully, there’s nonetheless loads scathing piss-taking, wit, and spectacular back-and-forth all through this legendary underground match-up. It must be famous that Kid Twist initially rose to prominence in the course of the World Rap Championships, the place he and his accomplice poRich had been among the many solely groups handy TheSaurus and Illmaculate a misplaced spherical. Now, whereas Twist has retired from Battle Rap, he and Dumb have as soon as once more crossed paths whereas engaged on the upcoming Bodied.
four. PAT STAY VS MARVWON
Where some battles stem from a spot mutual respect, this heated tilt between Nova Scotia’s Pat Stay and Detroit’s Marv Won really encapsulates the battle aspect. When this one first aired in 2011, the PC tradition immediately was removed from entrenched in society; that a lot rapidly turns into evident the second Stay begins focusing on Marv’s autistic brother. Never has a battle felt extra more likely to take it again to that “Oh you mad trigger I am stylin’ on you” power. Yet regardless of his sheer ruthless nature, or maybe as a result of it, Pat Stay really solidified himself as a formidable drive, taking an surprising depth to the previous WRC participant. Can a battle go too far? Such ethical quandaries have been on the middle many debate, but the viewers appears to carry no opposition.
three. THESAURUS VS ILLMACULATE
After deftly dealing with an countless barrage competitors as allies, TheSaurus and Illmaculate discovered themselves head to head in a single probably the most anticipated match-ups in Battle Rap historical past. Dubbed by many as a cult traditional, the previous buddies turned short-term rivals held nothing again. One notably hilarious second arises when Illmac targets TheSaurus’ submit World Rap Championships tantrum, during which hats had been thrown. “Come on Pete,” laughs Illmac, reflecting on his impromptu pep discuss, “we will persevere!” A monumental Battle Rap prevalence between two the most effective to ever do it.
2. DAYLYT VS RICH DOLLAZ
In 2012, Daylyt squared f with Rich Dollaz for King Of The Dot. Though each events fought valiantly, the leather-clad Daylyt got here by means of with a efficiency for the ages. You’ll ten hear followers trying again on his “Bus Stop” rhyme scheme among the many style’s legendary stanzas. We’ve seen loads various types, with some rappers favoring aggression, others comedic belitting. Yet Daylyt’s sheer barrage bars proves second to none; it is no marvel that the enigmatic artist is held in excessive esteem throughout the Battle Rap neighborhood. “No whip, I’ma catch ’em ready on the bus cease, he wait on the bus for arrive, I wait till the bus cease,” raps Daylyt, in his closing assertion. “Wait till the bus arrive, spray one within the bus high, depart you on the bus cease laying with a bust high.”
1. DIZASTER VS DNA
In 2011, controversial battle legend Dizaster took on New York’s personal DNA in a broadly publicized King Of The Dot match-up. To make this one all of the extra historic, Drake himself came-through to co-host the occasion, going as far as to place $3000 on the road. The forty-plus minute battle featured glorious performers from each events, with notable rebuttals, spectacular rhyme schemes, and punchlines for days. Dizaster’s “Prince Of Persia” bar rapidly emerged as a fan favourite, whereas DNA’s multi-lingual third-round had Drizzy doing the scrunchy-face. To be honest, it was troublesome to resolve between this one and Dizaster Vs Iron Solomon, which additionally deserves a point out. Still, the sheer spectacle, no-holds-barred method, and simmering pressure helped set up this tilt because the definitive Battle Rap expertise.