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5001 and 1: Cassidy Returns to Battle Rap and Loses To Goodz

It was the power card of the era.

Resolution lived up to its name by resolving the ever burning questions that Hip-Hop fans in general and Battle Rap enthusiasts specifically have been asking for years:

Battle Rap’s elite gathered to see if Cassidy, probably their childhood favorite, could beat their colleague, Goodz.

Is Cassidy really the best battler ever and is his record really with an undefeated record?

Could Cassidy keep his spotless record if he were ever to step on a stage with killers known to eat industry rappers for dinner?

Did Half-A-Gallon Goodz, the Henny-drinking-style-on-them-hustler beat Cassidy in a battle back in the day at a Ruff Ryders’ video shoot?

Well, the answers flooded the gates after the last bout on URL’s last card unfolded before out eyes on Saturday, April 27th. No. Not now. We thought so, but nah. Probably.

READ MORE: Cassidy Returns To Battle Rap Vs. Goodz on SMACK/URLTV

Cassidy vs. Goodz on SMACK/URL’s Resolution Card on April 27th.

Cassidy who boasted a astounding 5001 and o record in battling all during promo for the epic contest, took his first “L” to a rapper that he repeated tried to son in interview after interview. And while it was Goodz’ shinning redemptive moment, it really was a victory for the culture- Emcees that desperately are on guard watching for imitators that slip in off the clout of gold records, major label marketing budgets and the buzz of yesteryear glory. The Bronx swag-animal stunted on the Philly lyrical miracle with a 3-0 (maybe 2-1 if you give The Hustler the first round).

Cassidy came off strong.

“Ok, I punch a lot. I’m telling u now, and that fake ass ice u got will not make the swelling go down!”

The crowd went bonkers. For many their king had returned (or finally came).

He hit them with the lines “before GPS, I was stuck in my waze,” and “Shots I’ll clap on 5th, like I shop at Saks.” But the bar that left everyone stuck and that clapped louder than any machete D.N.A. could have shoot was “I never lost a battle SMACK. I made battle rap popular, you got popular off battle rap”

READ MORE: Cassidy Returns to the Stage, But Remember When He Battled Freeway?

His first round proved that he was still a beast with those words. Punch after punch, he clearly prepared for the battle and knew the Battle Rap industry like a true ethnomusicologist might. [Ed. Note] And that should not be the question. Unlike many other rappers who decide to hop on this stage, it is clear that Cassidy (and Joe Budden despite both of their loses) love and are a part of the culture in an experiential way. Punch after punch, Cassidy exploded. Ironically, Cassidy did not craft rounds in a way that broke down Goodz. The braggadocious style that is probably in Cass’ dna did not have room for Goodz to really be the subject of his round. It was all about Cass.

Still, that was not enough. Henny-less cup-holding Goodz was calm, collected and eyes zoned in on his opponent. One angle that Goodz took during the battle was to unpacked Cassidy’s obsession with rapping- juxtaposing his obsession with getting money trapping (BARS Y’ALL).

A nail in the coffin line Goodz spit that encapsulated this sentiment was, “You think I give a f*ck about a gold album? N*gga, I went gold in the streets!”  The crowd with their drug-dealing-talking selves went wild.

Cassidy also had a line that erupted the crowd.

He mentioned Goodz watching the infamous R. Kelly tape and then said something like the next little girl on Kelly’s tape is going to be Goodz’ daughter. Perhaps all is fair in love and war, but this may have crossed the line. Instead of people giving the Jaz face (made popular by the champion femcee when bars are just nasty), people moaned in disgust. This may have been too soon for the culture to accept, especially after the Tech 9’s death/child pornography/ sexual assault allegations hit the news. People held their breath knowing how Goodz gets about his daughter, but he did not snap and there was no repeat of what happened that other time he thought someone said something about his angel.

READ MORE: Goodz vs Jimz: Is This The Swag Battle Of The Year?

But there were some schemes that made people really take note. One in particular when he ran through all of the battle rap bloggers using “figurative language,” culminating with “I drop knowledge, he couldn’t drop gems.”  Cass’ word-play is undeniable. Knowledge is the popular blogger from the hit Battle Rap media platform, HipHopIsReal.com and gems was in reference to the popular battler and blogger, Jimz.

Well, then why are you saying Cass lost? Funny you should ask rap-grasshopper.

Picture this… and this is probably for the entire battle… Cassidy is a champion fighter that no one can deny… has great form… technique is exquisite… but he is in the mirror battling. He is boxing himself, shadow-boxing maybe. Cassidy did not leave room in his “lyrical masterpiece” to include Goodz in his part of the battle. His focus was on being the best rappity rap rapper alive… and not the best battler of the night.

Another way to look at it is that he was intellectually masturbating with each round saying to himself that “Whose battle is this?” “What’s my name!” And not pleasing the folk who came to enjoy the show. He had no care whether or not he gave a good show, but rather was more concerned with defending a legacy that no one really wanted to take from him… they just wanted some humility, reality and respect for the culture.

To the contrary, Goodz did not talk that much during the promo season nor throughout the battle… but when he did… things like this fell out:

“How you get 100k for a battle, but can’t get 100k for a show?” SMACK on the side giggling making the bar hit harder.

“Since you were good with a Freeway, they keep giving you an EZ Pass.” Of course making note of one of his 2.5 battles on cam against then Roc-A-Fella flame-spitter Freeway, and how easy people have been on him in the culture.

Apparently, the URL team arranged for this battle to go last. Makes sense, since the battle was so anticipated- and no one really knew how Cassidy was going to do.  The card was chock-full of amazing battles leading to this one.

Would we like to see Cassidy again? Absolutely. Him against Suge would be awesome to watch. Did he keep that undefeated crown? Is he the best to ever do it? Is he above any of the names that folk have been saying are their Mt. Rushmore of battle rap? -HELL NAH…

But we want to see him again.

 

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Exclusive: Freeway Talks About His Battle With Cassidy

In the 80s and 90s, Philly was known for producing some of the top DJs in the culture. DJs like Cash Money,  Miz and Jazzy Jeff set a standard that put “The City of Brotherly Love” on the map. If you were looking for a technician on the wheels of steel, you knew what city on the East Coast had them. Then the millennium rolled around, and Philly started to be known for something different. People started to finally zone in on the plethora of dope emcees being bred on those cheesesteaks, water ice and Frank’s sodas.

READ MORE: Beanie Sigel Ft. State Property; The Reunion

Roc-a-fella were one of the first to put a spotlight on these local rappers.

When they cultivated a crop of young lyricists, later known to the world as State Property, the Hip-Hop world took note. A movie, a clothing line and a new way of thinking and rhyme-flipping distinguished Philly from the pack of newbies cracking open the 2000s. A North Philly rapper by the name of Freeway was one of this crew’s top gunners.

Roc-a-fella was not alone.

Another Hip-Hop empire out of New York, Ruff Ryders, also identified Illadelphia as an incubator for rap music gold. They tapped a sexy shorty doo wop to be the darling of their crew named Eve. Eve came to the table, the pitbull in a dress, and did what few femcees have ever done at the time: She crossed over. But she also did that with the support of a whole team behind her. Features galore, she merged glamour and bars each time she took the mic. But there also was another: Cassidy.

READ MORE: The Ruff Ryders Announce a Reunion Show

When Cassidy signed to Ruff Ryders, he provided them with a different energy that shifted the Yonkers/ Bronx heavy energy that the label once had.

And this is where the magic starts.

The year was 2001 and Roc-A-Fella was on top of the world. The year prior, The Roc dropped Beanie Sigel’s classic The Truth, Memphis Bleek’s The Understanding, a compilation record with DJ Clue? and an album with Amil. 2000 proved to be a bankable year for The Roc, particularly with JAY-Z leading the pack with record that introduced State Property to the world, The Dynasty: Roc La Familia. This set up 2001 for an especially amazing year.

READ MORE: Neef Buck Dropped “Forever Do Me”; Album ft. Dave East, State Property & More

Clue? dropped another record. As did Beans… and history will reflect that JAY-Z solidified himself as an icon by releasing The Blueprint (let that breathe) and a live record with the illy Philly band, The Roots entitled JAY-Z: Unplugged. Needless to say Jay and Dame were stunting all over the place. And everyone wanted them… especially Hot 97’s number one radio DJ and tastemaker, Funkmaster Flex.

With an exclusive invitation up, The Roc took over the Flex show and one of the stars of the night was Philly Freeway. For almost 45 minutes, Freeway and his crew lit up the airwaves with bars after bars after bars. He killed it. But that might have bit him in the butt in the end.

The freestyle was a break from recording State Property record that included the entire crew: Beanie Sigel, Freeway, Young Chris, Oschino, Neef Buck, Omillio Sparks and Rell. That album produced the 2002 classic “Roc the Mic” that til this day sets it off.

READ MORE: Management for Freeway Confirms Successful Kidney Transplant

The energy around this night and the work that everyone knew was coming just a few months later, had JAY-Z on the phone (according to Freeway) stunting on Swizz Beatz.

While Freeway does not remember what was said, he did know that after that night they went back to the Bassline Studio for a quick moment to recoup. But shortly afterwards, he was whisked to another studio for another session. JAY-Z was like “Let’s go!”

They arrived at this studio and was met by Swizz Beatz, some members of The Lox and Cassidy (their new guy). Freeway says of that night:

“That was how it was back then. At any time, you would be called to battle. You had to be prepared to rap at any second. It didn’t matter where or who.”

When he walked in the room, he didn’t know Cassidy by face. But he “knew his name.”

“We knew who each other were. I knew him because he had a name for himself. He would call up Power 99, the radio station in Philly, and he would win all the freestyle contest on the air. There wasn’t social media like it is now and so, I didn’t know what he looked like. But I knew his name.”

Freeway and Beans had been battling all over the city. So it was likely that Cassidy, who is younger, would have know about them also. In fact they duo built them chemistry organically on the Philly battle circuit. Their first battle together was at a local teen club promoted by Philly legend Bobby Dance called “Dances.”

“I was in the crowd and was like let me rock with you. We been cool every since.”

But Cass and Free seemed to be on the opposite parts of each other’s world. Cass was at Central High School (one of the top schools in the city) and Free was in the cut. Without social media and acute geographical and neighborhood bias, their circles would not have met up.

“I believe the boah was from somewhere Uptown and I am from North Philly.”

Back to the studio… From The Roc, Beans, Chris and Freeway were repping. JAY picked Free.

And thus the history was made.

First Round: Cassidy rapped for a little over 1 minute. Freeway did almost 2.5 minutes.

Second Round: Cassidy rapped for a little over 2 minutes. Freeway did a little over 1 minute.

Third Round: Cassidy rapped for a little over 1 minute. Freeway did a little under 2 minutes.

Forth Round: Cassidy rapped for 1 minute. Freeway did a little under 2 minutes.

Fifth Round: Cassidy rapped for a little over 1 minute. Freeway did 2 minutes.

Sixth Round: Cassidy rapped for almost 2 minutes and the battle ended with Freeway asking for a beat to drop.

Freeway without doing a 6th round, rapped 52% of the battle.  To that point, some of his rhymes were from the early freestyle on the radio.

“I don’t want to sound like I am making an excuse, but I had been rapping all day. I don’t know what he was doing. After a while, I just went into my bag.”

Had he not been on Flex earlier, he would have probably had the rhymes in tow to go longer. Not only that, you can see there was a different mind frame that Freeway was in during this season. He was not focusing on battling, but more focused at the time being prepared for the freestyling that lead to a check. Also stylistically, they were different.

Cassidy had more punchlines and personal disses. As a rapper, I speak more personal, dealing with my reality and truth.”

It is true. As you watch the battle, Cassidy has a style most similar to battlers that break down and comes at their competition like a Lux, Mook, dare we say Goodz. Cassidy for all practical purposes is an opponent driven rapper, a style that is great for this current incarnation of battlers. Freeway, on the other hand had content that look at the complexity of urban life like a Shotgun Suge, Chess or T-Top.

READ MORE: Cassidy Returns to the Stage, But Remember When He Battled Freeway?

The vibe was intense that night, but what could be said was a victory for the hometown is that these two Philly rappers were the leading snipers for these big New York based rap crews. Paving the way for others like Meek Mill to take his place in the landscape of Hip-Hop elite… and for people like Troy “Smack” White.

Cassidy says that he basically started Battle Rap. I mean, then I can say that too. Smack and I have been friends forever and I freestyled and rhymed for him back in the day. Smack was every where getting every body rapping.”

“What they are doing now in the Battle Rap is incredible! I follow it.”

Some of the artists that Freeway actually likes may blow your mind.  As a follower, of course, he loves those who are typically on people’s Mt. Rushmore like Murda Mook, Lux, Hollow Da Don and Arsonal. But he also has a great appreciation for new stars like Geechi Gotti, Ave, Nu Jerzey Twork, Rum Nitty and T-Top. He not only is a fan, but friends with Brizz Rawsteen and Shotgun Suge. Two others that he keeps his eye on are John John Da Don and Tay Roc.

“I might come down if my schedule allows. I got a few shows around that time. If I can’t make it, I don’t have a problem buying the pay-per-view.”

READ MORE: Cassidy Returns To Battle Rap Vs. Goodz on SMACK/URLTV

Though Free is out on the road promoting his new album Think Free, the now Roc Nation artist shares a little more about commercial rappers that battle that simple was not captured on tape.

“I saw Cam’ron battle Tommy Hill. Cam won.”

Tommy Hill was another Philly flame-spitter and one of the founding members of the R.A.M. Squad, who was shot down and killed in 2011.

He also had a crazy battle with Queens Bridge vet, Cormega.

“Mega will probably say something different, but I won that one.”

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Cassidy Returns to The Stage, But Remember When He Battled Freeway?

Everyone is excited about the upcoming battle against Philly’s own Cassidy and the Bronx born Goodz on URL in a few weeks.  With the card, Resolution, everyone is curious to see if Cassidy can compete with one of the modern eras most formidable opponents.

While the question is out there… Cass has put in enough work to walk him right up to the top stage, with one of their top gunners.

Homie has been smoking dudes on the mic for over 20 years. Anyone who is anyone in Philly’s rap scene is familiar with the lyrical dexterity of Cass, and no one can front on how dope he is as an emcee.  Check out a video from Back2BasicsRealRapsTV, of Cassidy explain how he got on.

Also check him out as a buck, sick with the flows showing folk just why many believe that he “been” battle rap’s The G.O.A.T.

Well some people believe that. Clearly, Gilly aka The King Of Philly, didn’t agree (and you know when Gilly speaks… folk listen).

But none of these freestyles, his alleged 5001 victories in battle nor his street life scars- are what people reference when they talk about him as one of the originators of this current incarnation of battle rap. They look to the battle with former Roc-A-fella rhyme spitter Freeway, a contest that legend of Cass rest squarely on.

Back in the day, congregated in a studio, one of the most epic battles amongst commercial rappers not only took place but was captured on video.

Though the footage is grainy, the bars are preserved and presented by two of Philly’s greatest Hip-Hop voices.

In the footage you hear a young Freeway, with his high pitched and sliding scare vocals, spitting some of his most hard-hitting bars. Not to be outmatched, Cassidy brings the charm, clever word play and yes machismo to the field of combat. The overall consensus is that Cass won. His win was based more on the fact that Freeway seems to have ran out of rhymes in the footage, than just the idea that he saturated the atmosphere with superior rhymes. Both emcees where ripe with flows and bars. No one can deny that from the gate when Freeways starts his first round with, “You ain’t f*ing with Free for two reasons: my two kids, my two mouths to fee…” that Cass was not just dealing with any old emcee. This rhyme-fest showcase why the ferocious Philly spit-kicker was so attractive to at the time, the number one crew in rap.  However, the rules of the game differed about 15 years ago. Of course your pen had to be nice, but you also had to write like your life depended on it (and have a stash for a “just in case” scenario).

Check out for yourself.

Interesting enough, Cassidy battled (and beat) West Coast rapper, Dizaster a few years ago. And while Diz is one of this generation of battlers faves, lyrically, that battle could not hold up against Cassidy vs. Freeway. Bar-for-Bar both Philly emcees hold a mountain-like weight in the culture that can’t be moved or destroyed.

But on the Resolution card, Goodz will surely try.  With only 23 battles under his belt, few can say that they have beat him on stage. Sure you have those two disqualifications… and a few one offs where he joked the entire rounds… but no league owner or fan can say that Goodz is not worth the hefty purse that he requires to hold that glass of Henny and style on these n*ggaz. In fact, even Tay Roc felt the “Goodz Effect” last year when the two battled in Houston. This was the first time that “The Face of URL” and crowd favorite had ever been booed. Cass simply can’t sleep on Goodz. He is known to make people believers.

The sold out Resolution is set for April 27th in Atlanta. Other battles are Tay Roc vs. K-Shine, Nu Jerzey Twork vs. John John Da Don, Rum Nitty vs. T-Top, Shotgun Sure vs. Chef Trez and Yung Ill vs. Brizz Rawsteen. The card will be available on Watchbattlelive.com.

 

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Tech N9ne Honors Battle Rapper Tech 9, Many More Celebs Chime In

Kansas City rapper and indie label owner, Tech N9ne took to social media today to  let all his family and friends know that he is alive and well.

Just last night, another rapper with a similar moniker transitioned and cause an uproar. Many scrambled trying to place which emcee was in memorial.  Tech N9ne, 47, is from Kansas City and founded the mid-west label, Strange Music, dropping content that proved to be the soundtrack for various films, video games, and television shows. The junior Tech, 32, is from Philadelphia and was from that class of battle rappers that easily transitioned from street rhyming to the digital YouTube age. Most unique about Tech 9, the battler, is that he understood the expansive reach of the emerging industry of battle rap.

With his vision, he aligned himself with popular rap blogger Jay Blac and created the Champion series. A platform that provides commentary on battles and live events, they to distinguish themselves from the pack by hosting their show in a slick professional talk show style, implementing marketing and production techniques used on networks like ESPN and TNT and combined the passion of Stephen A. Smith, the comedy of Shaquille O’Neal and the energy & beloved-ness of Gene Okerlund.

The KC rapper gave a salute to the fallen soldier that shared the same name and also assured his fan base that he is ok.

Many other celebrities chimed in with their condolences.

 

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You held it down for Philly #restwelltech9 I’m tired of posting r.i.p…. 2019 we had some major losses! Prayers to ya family 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾

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Glad I was able to give u your roses while u was alive . Philly legend #tech9 shake my hand 🙏🏽

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Cassidy Returns to Battle Rap Next Month Vs. Goodz in Atlanta

Platinum-selling, number one charting Philadelphia legend Cassidy makes his long-awaited return to battle rap next month on Saturday 27 April on the big stage in Atlanta, this time debuting on the SMACK/URL stage vs. Bronx legend Goodz.

This will be Cassidy’s first battle since his controversial encounter with Los Angeles- based battler Dizaster four years ago at the FilmOn.TV’s “Ether” event in LA, with consensus giving that battle to Cassidy 2-1 in an overall disappointing battle plagued by technical issues that failed to live up to the lofty hype surrounding such a potential classic showdown.

With one of the battles of the decade now only five weeks away, the 27 April event “Resolution” will also feature a stack of other top quality battles making it the battle rap event of the year thus far. The long-awaited rematch battle of SMACK/URLTV.tv’s top gunner Tay Roc vs. the red hot, in form K-Shine has battle rap fans in a frenzy and promises to deliver one of the best battles in years. The indisputable number one new guy in battle rap, Nu Jerzey Twork, has been setting SMACK/URLTV on fire in recent years and faces a formidable opponent in the experienced John John Da Don, who is coming off a great 12 months both on stage and with his Atlanta-based BulllPen Battle League. Big stage enforcer Shotgun Suge takes on the rapidly developing Chef Trez, which will be a great test for the Chef as he has an opportunity to go head to head with one of the most commanding big stage performers in the culture in Suge. Back to back puncher Rum Nitty takes on CaveGang’s T-Top, in a battle that will be interesting to see if the small room (king of the Volumes series) expert Rum Nitty can continue to perform to such a high level in the main room as he has also previously done in the past.

Goodz over the last 15 years has battled the likes of URL’s Tay Roc, T-Top, Aye Verb (hosted by Jadakiss), X-Factor, Hollow Da Don, Rone, Hitman Holla, K-Shine, Jae Millz, Conceited, Head I.C.E, Tech 9, Rich Dolarz as well as Cassidy (off-camera) more so at the beginning of his career. Goodz is currently in top form, coming off a very strong performance against Tay Roc in Houston at NOME 8.

Cassidy came up in the late 90’s and early 2000s as a feared, tried and well-tested battle rapper throughout Philly and beyond who honed his craft heavily (including famously battling Freeway of State Property) before being signed by Swizz Beats/Ruff Ryders. Cassidy would go on to release three classic albums in the mid-2000s, collaborating with the likes of Styles P, Talib Kweli, Havoc, Nipsey Hussle, Nas, Fat Joe, The Game, Alicia Keys, Murda Mook, Tay Roc and Loaded Lux amongst many, many more.

This will be the first time that big room battle rap has reached Atlanta and “Resolution” is shaping up to be a hip-hop event that cannot be missed. Head to Club Mansion for one of the biggest battle events ever held outside New York on battle raps leading platform, SMACK/ URLTV and cop the Pay Per View if you can’t be in the building. Sure to be a night for the history books.

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Cassidy Shares Throwback Of “One Of The Realest Rappers” Ever: “Not Just Female Rappers, N-‘s Included”

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Philadelphia rapper Cassidy dug extra deep for Throwback Thursday. The hip-hop veteran hit up social media to salute the greatness that makes Remy Ma a true emcee.

Cass went to Instagram Thursday with a huge salute to the seasoned rap vet.

Recently, Terror Squad leader and Remy’s longtime mentor Fat Joe pulled through to clock in uncle duties with her recently born daughter.

Last Christmas, both Remy and her hubby Papoose relied on their Instagram pages to share a sneak peek at their baby girl.

A few days prior, Remy went to social media to update fans on her health after experiencing post-birth complications.

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Feel better Remy! #RemyMa #Papoose

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Cassidy Co-Signs JAY-Z & Meek Mill’s REFORM Launch: “I’ve Been Falsely Accused Several Times”

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Philadelphia rapper Cassidy is 100 percent behind JAY-Z and Meek Mill‘s newly launched criminal justice reform organization. The hip-hop veteran hit up social media to salute the duo on announcing REFORM.

Cass went to Instagram Friday (January 25) and reflected on his own past issues with the criminal justice system.

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2019 shaping up nicely! 👌🏾 #Cassidy #MeekMill #JAYZ

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This week, Meek Mill teamed up with a few high-profile celebrities including JAY-Z to launch criminal justice reform organization REFORM.

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At REFORM, we #FightDifferent. Our collective disgust with the current state of the American criminal justice system is creating a powerful, growing alliance that spans different backgrounds, industries and political beliefs. We are bringing together leaders in business, government, entertainment, sports, technology, art, and culture to give voice to the voiceless. We won’t stop until we’ve changed the laws, policies, and practices that perpetuate the horrific injustice we’re seeing in America. The Alliance started with the unjust re-imprisonment of recording artist @MeekMill due to minor technical probation violations. The shocking two-to-four year sentence Meek received in November 2017 spurred the international #FreeMeek movement, which led to his release on bail in April 2018. Although Meek had the resources and public platform to fight his case, he and the other founders recognized Meek’s case is only one of millions – and that the vast majority of people trapped in the system don’t have the resources to fight back. After Meek’s release, we joined forces and committed to changing mass supervision laws (probation and parole policies) that will have the greatest impact on the largest number of people. The mission of the REFORM Alliance is to dramatically reduce the number of people who are unjustly under the control of the criminal justice system – starting with probation and parole. To win, we will leverage our considerable resources to change laws, policies, hearts and minds.

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A few hours prior, Meek hinted at plans about launching the new criminal justice reform organization.

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Five Rap Battles Announced That We’re Looking Forward to in 2019

On paper, the rap battle lineups are exceptional. Just judging off the battles that have already been announced, leagues are looking to the culture of battle rap to the next level. Let’s take a quick look at five of the top battles that have caught our eyes this year.

Loaded Lux vs. Aye Verb

Harlem legend Loaded Lux is set to make his long-awaited return to SMACK / URL. This year, he will do so by at NOME 9 in Houston, Texas against St Louis’ Aye Verb.  Without doubt one of the greatest battle rappers of all-time, news of Lux’s return to the world’s biggest battle rap stage has sent fans in a frenzy.  This is a battle that fans have wanted to see for some time, but not as much as Verb. The vegan vet has been chasing this battle his entire career. Facing a formidable opponent in Aye Verb, whose last year battle on RBE with Murda Mook might have chiseled his face in many people’s Mt. Rushmore, “Beloved” may have his work laid out for him.

Loaded Lux has previously battled in the SMACK/URL DVD era against Midwest Miles (aka Young Miles in 2006), and most famously against Murda Mook over eight rounds back in November 2003 in the Bronx. Lux then went on to battle half a dozen times on the now defunct 106 & Park on BET in 2009. In the most modern era post-SMACK DVD on URL TV, Lux headlined Summer Madness 2 against a young Calicoe in a classic, had a very tough battle against Charlie Clips on a heated Summer Madness 5 three years later in 2015, a classic versus Hollow Da Don on UW in 2014, a rematched with Murda Mook on Eminem’s Total Slaughter in 2014 and most recently battling Arsonal Da Rebel on UW mid last year for Arsonal’s then supposed retirement battle.

Verb will be no easy opponent by any stretch of the imagination for Lux. The experienced Verb has had near 50 battles on camera over the last decade since the Grind Time era on multiple platforms. He has stood on that stage and like Lux also faced off against Charlie Clips, Hollow Da Don, Arsonal, T-Rex, Midwest Miles (twice) and of course most recently with Murda Mook in a performance which really made its own case for him to now face Lux. Aye Verb’s complete battle resume is one of the most impressive overall, having also battled the likes of K-Shine, Math Hoffa, O-Red, Pat Stay, Hitman Holla, Dizaster, Tsu Surf, Cortez, Goodz amongst dozens of others.

This battle has been long in the making for seven-plus years already, and Verb’s recent strong showing against Mook coupled with strong fan support for this battle to go down now means the time is now finally right for Lux to greenlight it. The battle means a lot to both, a Lux win will really see him cement his place at the top end of battle rap table while a win for Aye Verb would really rattle battle rap.

Goodz vs. Cassidy

Platinum-selling Philadelphia legend Cassidy makes his long-awaited return to battle rap, this time debuting on the URL stage versus Bronx legend Goodz. This will be Cassidy’s first battle since his controversial encounter with Los Angeles- based battler Dizaster four years ago at the FilmOn.TV’s “Ether” event in LA, with consensus giving that battle to Cassidy 2-1 in an overall disappointing battle plagued by technical issues that failed to live up to the lofty hype surrounding such a potential classic showdown.

Goodz over the last 15 years has battled the likes of URL’s current top gunner Tay Roc, T-Top, Aye Verb (hosted by Jadakiss), X-Factor, Hollow Da Don, Rone, Hitman Holla, K-Shine, Jae Millz, Conceited, Head I.C.E, Tech 9, Rich Dolarz as well as Cassidy more so at the beginning of his career. Goodz is currently in top form, coming off a very strong performance against a formidable Tay Roc in Houston at NOME 8.

Hollow Da Don vs. Math Hoffa

With the personal grudge match of NYC legend Hollow Da Don facing off one-time close confident in infamous Bronx legend Math Hoffa, fans can expect a heavy-hitting encounter full of personals from two of the cultures best over the last decade with an unlimited third round sure to expose all and more on RBE’s Pearly Gates 3 card in mid-February.

Charlie Clips vs. Nu Jerzey Twork

One of the most random matches off the stacked SMACK Volume 4 card, New York’s Charlie Clips returns from Wild ‘N Out and collaborating with Nick cannon to the URL stage to take one the most electrifying performer in battle rap at the moment, Nu Jersey Twork. After a very strong year mixed with a couple of chokes, no-shows and stumbles, a consistent Twork in 2019 could see him cement his name as one of the most feared battlers while Clips is here to prove why he is still an active legend. RANDOM but potentially great.

Head I.C.E vs Chilla Jones

The long-awaited title match for the chain on King Of the Dot pits Harlem legend and reigning champion Head I.C.E vs. one of Boston’s finest in the schemin’ Chilla Jones at KOTD’s World Domination 8 event in London.  The style clash on foreign soil is sure to be a strong battle after the match-up was already previously postponed once.

Honorable Mentions – the whole SMACK Volume 4 card, Yung Ill vs. Ill Will on RBE, Arsonal vs. Soul (UK) on KOTD.

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Watch: Cassidy Shares Footage Of Meek Mill Basically Calling Him King Of Battle Rap

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Philadelphia native Cassidy knows he’s nice-nice with the lyrical slaughter. The hip-hop veteran has shared footage of Dreamchasers boss Meek Mill saluting his battle skills.

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Cassidy Confirms Official Return to Battle Rap in 2019 with URL

Well, #BARSISBACK. At this point of his rap career, Cassidy is staunch on strictly feeding the mouths of lyricist lovers and he is taking a route rap fans to favor his presence, the battle rap arena.

This past weekend, founder of the Ultimate Rap League, Smack White made an official announcement confirming the Philly rap veteran’s position to battle on SMACK/URL. According to Smack, Cassidy will officially return the ring in 2019.

“I got an opportunity to make history with my brother. I needed to make that happen for my legacy and I was able to accomplish that. So 2019 look for it,” said Smack. “Motherf*cking Cassidy and URL TV!”

Despite not having a grand presence in modern-day battle rap culture, Cassidy has managed to participate in battles that are deemed iconic. Primarily, in the infancy of his hip-hop coming with fellow Philly rap veteran Freeway and his most recent match against battle rap notable, Dizaster.

Back in June, he shared a telling video hinting a return to the ring under the guise of surprise.

“Me and Smack been talking lately and we got a surprise for y’all real soon.”

Ever since the boom of social networks, especially ones with a strict visual appeal like Instagram, Cassidy (in a respective right to being lyrically inclined), took on and marbled the phrase #BARSISBACK, insinuating an unapologetic return back to the mic. Periodically sharing several off-the-tops on his social media feeds, the “I’m a Hustla” spitter clearly has not lost a step in his rhythm and has even showcased a grand sense of evolution in overall content. Call it an upgrade, but with bars marbled in a message along modern-day corruption, street realities, and hip-hop controversies, Cassidy is beyond equipped for the battle arena, once again.

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