Sunday, August 21, 2011
Move The Crowd: How Much Does Crowd Reaction Count In A Battle?
MC. Move The Crowd. Master of Ceremonies. If you know hip hop you know the power behind those 2 simple letters and what they stand for. If you're a rapper, hell if you're a musician PERIOD, and you cant move the crowd, show's over. Exit stage left. Get him the fuck outta here (© @DNA2K10). All you have is your words and your microphone. There's a lot happening on the stage also: DJ, hypemen, lights, but right now it's all eyes on you and the people want to be captivated and controlled.
In the world of battle rap, crowd reaction counts a lot. The "oohhs" "aahhs" and laughs is what the rappers aim for when they're spittin. Sometimes rappers dont get the reaction they're hoping for even if the rhyme is good. At URL's Summer Madness, niggas got BOOED if the crowd felt they were hearing some weak shit. As the footage starts to come out you'll see this. So herein lies the controversy, if you will. If the rhymes are good to the people watching the youtube footage even tho the crowd didnt like it, does the rapper still lose?
I got into as little debate with my partner in crime Bell and St. Louis battle MC Hitman Holla. After seeing the Tsu Surf vs K-Shine battle from Summer Madness everyone agreed that Shine's first round was crazy. One of the best first rounds ever to some people. While Surf was consistent throughout the all 3 of his rounds, Shine got booed in rounds 2 and 3. So giving round 1 to Shine easily, and Surf round 2, round 3 being debatable cuz they both did alright (altho I still think Surf was more consistent) does K-Shine lose for being booed?
It's a double edged sword in the battle world for some odd reason. They say all that matters is bars, fuck how the crowd reacts. But isnt the whole point of a fucking battle is to outrap your opponent in front of a CROWD? Shouldnt you be trying to win the crowd over too? If the crowd didnt matter niggas would be battling over beats and these leagues wouldnt exist. Hitman Holla's defense was the crowd in Philly when Arsonal battled E. Ness. Arsonal clearly had better bars but Ness had the crowd completely on his side and they were loving the hometown hero. Hey, I'd still say Arsonal lost. Hitman came to New York and battled Cortez and not only did he win off bars, he won the crowd over. He did it again when he came back to New York and battled Arsonal (who also got booed).
Another example would be Aye Verb vs. Big Will in St Louis. They're both from St Louis so there's no crowd bias but despite having some of gayest and corniest lines ever heard in a battle, Will won the crowd over. Verb EASILY had better bars but he just didnt have the crowd and people said he lost.
Here's my thing basically, since so many rappers that performed at Summer Madness wont stop crying and making excuses. No matter how great of a rapper you think you are, If you get BOOED, you lost. No exception. This battle shit encompasses so many elements as an artist, lyricist and performer. Your performance is crucial homie. If the 1000+ people in front of you arent feeling your bars and presence then what the fuck? Back to the drawing board nigga. Step it up next time. You know what you came here to do and you blew it. Just remember, aint too many chances on this stage.