Friday, March 30, 2012

Rest In Peace Spittage - Last Recorded Freestyle Before His Death

If you follow battle rap, and know Philadelphia's own Tech 9, you know the slogan: "S-P-I-2T-A-G-E, yall muhfuckas get it right, Wayne A.V.). It's a homage to another Philadelphia MC by the name of Spittage and their hood Wayne Avenue. For a long time people didn't know what Tech 9 was saying but by now most know though we never knew much about Spittage.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Mickey Factz - Mickey Mause

New music from frequent contributor to the blog, Mickey Factz. Whats good homie!

Nino Bless - Get Ready x War Machine x Nameless Freestyles

3 New freestyles from Nino Bless. Strictly for niggas who like BARS. Pay close attention to this dude. He's about to have the internet going nuts this summer trust me. Don't sleep. I don't cosign just anything niggas.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Big Gerald (Hitman Holla's Father) Breaks His Silence - Exclusive Interview

A Thousand Words...

On February 25th in St. Louis, one of the biggest battles of the year involved two people the battle rap world never thought would come face to face; Aye Verb and Hitman Holla. These 2 along with Yung ILL and others spearheaded the meteoric rise of the Midwest and have been the top contenders in their city. Rumors circulated for a while about tension between the 2 and it finally exploded when Hitman dropped a video detailing his displeasure with Aye Verb's lack of support since his battle with Arsonal. Aye Verb claimed that win got to Hitman's head and his ego got too big. They dug deep into each other's personal business when they faced off but the most talked about person in that battle is neither Hitman or Aye Verb. It's G-Had Two AKA "Big Gerald" Hitman's father.

In an Academy Award-worthy third round from Aye Verb he broke Hitman down to a child then called out Big Gerald. When Gerald responded "Yes Sir" Aye Verb let him know "That's how you talk to your son!" instantly cementing him in battle rap history. I had the absolute honor of speaking to the man yesterday (March 26th) and he brazenly spoke his mind about his thoughts on the battle, Aye Verb's motivations behind battling Hitman, and battle rappers that need to come out of retirement and face the 3 best in the Midwest.

Monday, March 26, 2012

My Interview with Battle America's Seneca Cayson

 Now, for a more in depth interview the way only we know how to do it here at My co-writer Ahmadou put in the work and spoke to Seneca. Here it is. - M. PHOENIXXX

Arguably the most mysterious man in battle rap, Seneca Cayson took 30 minutes out of his life to speak to me about his company, his visions, and goals.

When did you come up with the idea of battle America, when did you decide you were going to start a league?
Like I said before I never started a league, I started a Battle Agency which is the first of its kind to exist in the battle world. My goal was to represent some of my favorite battle rappers and take them to another level, that’s what I sought out to do.

Seneca Cayson Interview With Latrina Monae

Son, this girl is crazy with her approach lol. Interesting interview though with the CEO of Battle America. He explains what his inspiration for Battle America's creation is, takes some shots at Smack, and more. I'm still listening to it. Follow Latrina on twitter she's a huge battle rap fan. Much respect to her.

SMACK/URL Presents: Hitman Holla vs Aye Verb

URL Any Given Sunday - The Only Recap That Matters

This battle rap game is so unpredictable in 2012 it's like being in the fuckin twilight zone of Hip Hop. It's predictable, yet totally unpredictable at the same damn time. Back in NY for the first time since Summer Madness last August, URL weekend was full of surprises and upsets. Not as much as Summer Madness but very close to it. Something about that hot ass Webster Hall brings out the best and worst in rappers and fans.

Before I get into Any Given Sunday, I first have to speak on the Proving Grounds battles at Mash Studios Saturday night. Rumor has it I was drunk and fell asleep with a bottle of whiskey in my pocket. Don't believe @MzGracieBaby. I was meditating. Now, the winners for that night were Ivan The Great beating Vicci in a one round battle, McKims beating the shit out of Young Robbles, Logic over Lance, although it was a good battle from both of them, Lil Bro over J Dubb although that battle bored me, and Bigg K slaughtered Half Past Seven. All of the winners (except Lil Bro) have potential to make noise on the main stage. Salute to all of them though, they came out and did what they had to do.

The surprise of the night tho, the the rapper that stole the crowd was Nuborn. The man has been the butt of every bad battle rap joke for almost 3 years now. He slept on Calicoe and took what's considered by a lot of people the worst "bodybag" in URL history. Disappeared for a year, beat Cocky, disappeared for a year, then took an embarrassing loss to Young Kannon. Was once on the main stage now battling in the Proving Grounds he had a lot to prove coming into his battle against Dirt this past weekend. Long story short, Dirt, who had an amazing second round, and 3 great rounds altogether, may have lost to Nuborn 3-0. I know that sounds hard to believe but trust me. it happened. Dirt didn't get bodied but he definitely lost to a brand new Nuborn. Congratulations to both of them on a memorable battle. I hope Smack releases that and Nuborn gets the respect he deserves.

Any Given Sunday opened up with a Proving Grounds battle Chilla Jones vs Cash Eatin. We ran out of time on Saturday so they had their chance to open up the main show. They both went had bars but Cash Eatin was the better rapper.

The first battle on the main card was the highlight of the night on Sunday. Real Deal vs B. Magic. Almost every single person with the exception of me, Gracie, and Poison Pen, doubted Real Deal. Especially B. Magic. Conversations on Saturday had B. Magic predicting nothing but jokes from Real Deal. He wasn't expecting any bars and said RD's strength is personals which he couldn't have for this battle. B. Magic aint even write his 3rd Round until Saturday night/Sunday morning. Big mistake. B. Magic got tore the fuck up.

QP took the victory over Bill Collector, but QP might be falling off. This is coming from his biggest fan. Young Kannon failed in his attempt to "3-0" Swave Sevah and got 3-0'd himself. Tay Rock and Rich Dolarz was surprisingly good, the battle I had the least expectations for. Tay Rock won but Rich had some bars and did great in the third. I even approached him afterwards to give him his respect. I'm still not a huge fan but we laughed when he realized who I was after hating om him for like the past 2 years. I'm just a really harsh critic. I'm a man though and I'm always honest,

The main event, DNA vs Tech 9, was a terrible battle. I'm sorry. I love Tech 9 but his run has come to a screeching halt, put to a stop by some of DNA's corniest bars ever, and that's sad considering DNA has had some incredibly corny shit in the past. He topped it all by rapping about his new tooth then rapping to his old tooth. I damn near walked out before the battle finished. When DNA's on point he's on it, he hit Tech up a lot especially in the first and second rounds and won all 3 rounds convincingly.

Other Highlights, Surprises & Upsets:
- DNA & Tech both stumbled in their rounds, along with Rich Dolarz. They all recovered though.
- QP choked again. Tried to play it off but it was clear he didn't prepare a third round.
- Young Kannon pulled out a dirty sneaker. No one knows what the fuck for.
- Bill Collector made it rain. I caught a single and bought a bag of lays potato chips with my iced tea from Walgreens. Real nigga time.
 - Bill Collector and Young Kannon got booed a little bit. Not by the whole crowd but they definitely lost momentum.
 - Poison Pen announced his inclusion to the URL family. Head Ice vs Swave Sevah drops next week.
- Calicoe: "I'ma KILL John John Da Don!"

If I missed anything, drop em in the comments and let me know what you think. I got more stuff coming be back soon.