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T-Top Reveals That His Grandfather Passed While He Was At Hip-Hop Awards

Battle rap was on the big stage at the BET Hip-Hop Awards on Tuesday as North Carolina born rapper T-Top took on DNA in a live rap battle for $25,000. Later on, T-Top revealed that while he was getting the look of a lifetime, his grandfather had passed away.

“While I was on the awards tonight my grandfather took his last breaths, hope I made you proud king,” Top wrote on Twitter following the awards show. The Smack/URL battler received many well wishes from fans via social media.

Battle rap was a major highlight of the Hip-Hop awards and although T-Top didn’t win the $25,000, he did receive a lot of praise for the bars he spit on stage, some fans even felt as though he was robbed in the battle.

“No cameras because the feds like to hold that image/so tell T.I. my trap museum ain’t have no Kodak’s in it,” Top spit in his battle with DNA. Top also participated in a BET cypher giving himself the maximum exposure he could get on BET’s platform Tuesday night.

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Battle Rap to Make Debut on BET Hip Hop Awards

SMACK/URLTV continues to drive the ascension of battle rap to the next level with a 4-man battle tournament confirmed for this year’s 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards ceremony featuring DNA, Geechi Gotti, T-Top and Shotgun Suge hosted by SMACK himself. With filming set for this Saturday at the Cobb Energy Performing Centre in Atlanta, Georgia before being televised on BET throughout America on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 8PM ET, the star-studded award ceremony to be hosted by Lil Duval will be the first time battles have taken place live on stage at a BET award show.

Although numerous and now classic BET ciphers have heavily featured battle rappers in recent years, this brief four-man URLTV battle tournament consists of one 90 second-round each per battle, with the two winners then facing off in the finals for the $25,000 prize to be judged by the crowd live in the building. These four battle rappers are among the culture’s leading at the moment, with veteran and highly viewed battle DNA taking on the rising superstar out of the west in Geechi Gotti who has had a very strong last two years in what is sure to be an entertaining encounter in this unique format.

A rematch of sorts of T-Top vs. Shotgun Suge after their classic battle in July 2015 on the ‘Redemption’ URL Card finds a welcome home on BET. T-Top had a breakout 2014 year which included a battle versus John John Da Don and taking out BET’s “Ultimate Freestyle Friday” on 106 & Park against the previous seasons’ champion Sno and the 10k with it. Shotgun Suge has been a long-running force in battle rap on SMACK/URLTV for a decade with his aggressive style and the inclusion of him will ensure that the authentic feel of battle rap will remain on stage here.

Also, brand new this year, the “Best International Flow” segment honors selected artists globally with nominees from Canada, Ghana, France, UK, and Nigeria. Internationally, these hip hop awards will air on BET Africa October 9, 2019, at 7:00PM CAT; on BET UK on October 10, 2019, at 9PM BST; on BET France on October 10, 2019 at 8:45PM CEST; and on BET South Korea October 10, 2019 at 9:00PM KST – and with it battle rap reaching potentially millions of new eyes worldwide. Tune in!

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Summer Impact Reloaded Birthed Stars, Monstar Bars and Opened Old Clique Scars

The team at the Ultimate Rap League made good on their promise by providing fans with an event to make up for Murdaland and Parklyfe not battling in Charlotte, shy of a month ago on the original Summer Impact mega-card. And they even brought DJ Don Demarco back!

Billed as the battle of the decade, few can argue that Summer Impact did not give battle rap enthusiasts an epic experience – touting match ups like NWX vs. EFB, Goodz and Clips vs. Multiple Remixes, Monstars vs Quest MCody and Marv One, Gunz N Cake vs. Loaded Hollows and The Bardashians vs. 40 B.A.R.R.S. and E-Hart. Due to a late start and the venue closing at a certain time, the co-title bout between Murda Mook and Calicoe vs. T-Top and Brizz Rawsteen simply never happened. Thus Reloaded was set up to pacify fans, who felt duped.

Does this make-up card calm their rumblings?

It seemed to… as URL did everything that they could to make the experience one for the books for those who purchased tickets or the PPV for the battle. They attempted to do this by adding extra value to the new double impact themed summer card that still has people talking. They added additional battles and a performance from Loaded Lux.

The event even saw two stars emerge from the PG ranks (Franchise and Ace Amin), allowed friends to see Shotgun Suge and Nu Jerzey Twork rap like never before and saw street-style toxic masculinity pour outside of the fictionalized lyrics and onto the stage.

The first battle was against Richmond’s Jakkboy Mane and Toronto’s Franchise. Franchise did not come to play. From the time he opened his mouth in the first round, he lit the stage up with haymaker after haymaker. There is not much to say, as Jakkboy Mane – WHO CAN RAP – stumbled through the battle like a blind man in the pitch dark of winter. It was painful to watch as this Goonie forgot his rhymes. Franchise, clearly a great sport (well both of them were), encouraged his opponent to stand firm. But it did not help. Franchise did not let anyone down even though Jakk did not show up. He emerge as the first star of the night.

 

Franchise Landed a RIDICULOUS Haymaker… CROWD chants 2-0. At the top of the 2nd…aka Jakk hasn’t gone yet… BRUTAL #SummerImpactReUp @urltv pic.twitter.com/MdvT73sZFz

— BlackCompassMedia (@DaBlackCompass) September 7, 2019

The next battle was Ace Amin and Snake Eyez.

This was a bar heavy scrap that has been meaning to happen forever. Ace Amin (another Goonie) and Snake Eyez (from Dot Mobb fame) delivered an interesting battle that appeared to be a style clash and aggression barometer. Hip-Hop is a space where traditionally Black male machismo is celebrated; encouraged even. The back and forth kept the crowd engaged, but it was clear from round one that a huge chunk from the audience rocked with Ace. His crowd control was equal to that of a seasoned vet. They not only knew his slogans, “Holy Sh*t” and “He Knows,” but they really were rocking with the intricacies of his word play and aggression. Snake Eyez on the other hand, matched his aggression and raised his lyrical stock by adding color to his performance… in a way that few have seen over his career. Particularly in the third round where T-Rex assisted with an alley oop. Let’s face it… people love seeing T-Rex. Fresh off of a horrible car accident, the Dot Mobb Capo set the third round off, setting up this battle as a debatable preference battle. Many believe that the debatable or preference category is a co-out. Well it is not, if that is the God honest truth. 2-1 either way…. Both had moments. Both had energy. Both almost punched the other in the face, the tension was so high between crews. And even though you can argue that… Ace Amin emerged as a shining star in this battle. Great for his debut on the big stage.

Woah! Ace Amin going at Tay Roc and says he bought a Cave Gang chain like John John Da Don did Jakkboy! pic.twitter.com/pExIH2euFB

— BattleRapNews (@Battle_Rap_News) September 7, 2019

The Monstars vs. NWX was one of the battles that came out of nowhere. No one can deny that NWX are gods at this two-on-two thing. Hardly ever losing to any other group (well they did lose that one time to Gun Titles), this new team had their work cut out for them. Did the Monstars deliver? YES. THEY. DID.

Antics aside, these big guys came with a melding of their styles that made them formidable opponents. Punching swiftly… Punching consistently… Landing them jawns… Monstars showed why New Jersey is not to be messed with ever.

But NWX is like fine wine to the Monstars’ Jack Daniels. K-Shine and DNA seem to have nooks and crannies in the brains that they share. What advantages did they have over the Jersey boys? That damn DNA and his freestyling, their symmetric timing and choreography and the energy that K-Shine seems to have bottled up in his little body. On the flip side, Monstars benefits are first apparent in their appearance. The fact that they dominated with their intensity, dunking on them this way and that way, pushed them closer to the win than anyone expected. And while their antics did not go as planned, there is something to be said about their creativity. BAR NONE. This is another preference battle. 2-1

 

The last battle of the night was between Murdaland and Parklyfe. Aggressively generational. It looked like to uncles arguing with their younger nephews. And while both sides started out giving the crowds what they wanted, too many personals stoked the fires burning in their bellies. Alas, a scuffled popped off and ended the otherwise wonderful event abruptly.









 

What a shame, because URL did everything that they were supposed to do. Unfortunately, battlers don’t move with a certain code of honor and respect, not only disrespecting themselves (looking like brutish hoodlums and not the beautiful and brilliant Black men that they are), they disrespected the platform that has afforded them a comfortable lifestyle.

One to the next one… perhaps the fans will get a card as dope as all the other cards URL has produced this anniversary year.

 

 

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Dave East And Goodz Mock Cassidy For Losing At Resolution

By now it is common knowledge that former Jive recording artist and Swizz Beats protegé, Cassidy lost in a rap battle against the Bronx bomber, Goodz.

The two have had history. They were both loosely affiliated with the Ruff Ryder camp, but also have had beef. Cassidy claimed that he never lost to anyone, much less the kid he once “mentored.”  That was until…. SMACK/ URL hosted a battle this Spring called “Resolution,” where the lead battle on the card was this grudge match between these two rhyme spitters.

Only thing…

Cassidy did not have the same caché he sported back in the early 2000s and did not have the same gas that he enjoyed during the battle against Dizaster in Los Angeles on King of The Dot.  According to most, he lost to the Grown Man Bars leader.

Fans have been saying that. Battle rap media and analysts rappers have been saying it. But now some of Cassidy’s fellow commercial rappers have weight in…  Dave East linked up with Goodz in a studio to talk real rap about the now infamous battle. Battle rap media giant, HipHopIsReal captured it on film.

Dave says to Cassidy, while kicking it with a group of friends:

“Ayo Cass, I believed in you bro. I was a fan at one time. So I ain’t one of the n*ggas that ain’t gonna say, ‘I wasn’t a fan.”

But before he could say that “Goodz f…” everyone starts hysterically laughing, presumably at the his loss.

He finishes with a word to the wise, “You have to grow with the time.” And later broke down the real problem with Cassidy, “He is delusional.”

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Murda Mook Finally Returns To SMACK/URLTV On The Biggest Card In The History Of The Sport

Legendary Harlem battle rapper Murda Mook has announced his long-awaited return to battle rap’s premiere platform SMACK/URLTV, appearing on the platform’s inaugural “Summer Impact” card.  The event will be held next month on Saturday, August 10th at The Fillmore in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Dot Mob general will team up with Detroit’s Calicoe forming the super group “Murdaland.” Who are the lucky (or brave) emcees that they will be battling? The two vets will take on the combined talents of T-Top and Brizz Rawsteen (Dark Lyfe) in what is going to be a tough 2-on-2 battles for two of URL’s most cemented stars.  Dark Life is dangerous because they are probably the only multiple-battle-having-duo that can boast being undefeated.

READ MORE: Murda Mook And Tay Roc’s War of Words Signifies Dot Mob’s Demise

Last year, Murda Mook had his debut on Rare Breed Entertainment (RBE) against a red-hot Aye Verb, proving that the battle rap god could bleed (if not lose).

That classic battle added to his already legendary legacy that includes memorable battles against Loaded Lux (twice), Serius Jones, French Montana, T-Rex, Jae Millz, Iron Solomon, Party Arty plus more. Mook has collaborated with the likes of Remy Ma, Talib Kweli amongst a wealth of others and has been teetering on fully breaking through to the mainstream for the last decade. This will be Murda Mook’s first time back on the SMACK/URLTV stage since he infamously beat Iron Solomon convincingly on the star-studded “Summer Madness 2” stage back in 2012, representing the longest fallback for a battle rapper in 7 1/2 years from the Ultimate Rap League. Ironically many in the culture believe that this battle was prompted by another battle on the card. Mt. Rushmore compadres Loaded Lux copped & Hollow Da Don snatched the biggest look on the card pairing up against the rising commercial rap star, Tsu Surf & the current face of URL, Tay Roc. The allure was just to big one critic said for them not to consider the card.

READ MORE: Hitman Holla, Charlie Clips, Tsu Surf, Loaded Lux and Jaz The Rapper Announced for ‘Summer Impact’ Event on SMACK/URLTV

In what many are considering the best battle rap card on paper since “Summer Madness 2,” the ”Summer Impact” event features 24 of the cultures best rappers battling it out across six matches in a unique 2-on-2 format, that continues to build on the very best year  for not only SMACK/URLTV but the culture as a whole.

These are the battles as planned:

Loaded Hollows (Loaded Lux & Hollow Da Don) vs. GunTitles (Tsu Surf & Tay Roc)

Murdaland (Murda Mook & Calicoe) vs. Dark Lyfe (Brizz Rawsteen & T-Top)

NWX (DNA & K-Shine) vs. Every Fuccin Bar (Geechi Gotti & Rum Nitty)

Good Clipz (Charlie Clips & Goodz) vs. Multiple Remixes (Hitman Holla & John John Da Don)

The Monstars (Nu Jerzey Twork & Shotgun Suge) vs. Marv & Quest (Marv Won & Quest Mcody)

Jaz the Rapper & O’fficial vs. TOQ (40 B.A.R.R.S. & E-Hart)

Will Murda Mook be able to successfully adapt to this unique format in a rapidly developing era of battle rap? Will a stellar performance here be enough to propel him forward to finally battling Cassidy? Stay tuned to The Source.

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How Roxanne Shante’s Legacy Lives On Through A New Generation Queens MCs: Meet C3

It’s something about the female emcee…

She has to dance between two worlds. One that recognizes she has two ovaries, and the other that mandates that she has two nut sacks (at least metaphorically). Laugh all you want, but it takes balls to spit with the guys. It takes balls to rhyme and perform on a high level. And when these ladies pledge to uphold the sacred mantle of emceeing, it is an oath taken with blood, sweat and tears. Sometimes, it is devastating; taking tolls on your mind, body and soul. Particularly, women in battle rap.

And you don’t have to ask Roxanne Shante about it… watch her film on Netflix Roxanne Roxanne.  It details the balance of this extraordinary gift, with the pressures of being the only girl in her crew. Or we can ask C3.

As a rapper, C3 took her passion for poetry to help her cope with growing up young, Black, poor and female in the mean streets of South Jamaica. Sounds familiar, the Queens’ connection to rap music’s first recognized and most successful female battle rapper, Roxanne Shanté is not the only thing they have in common. The two both grew up trading lyrics with hard rocks in some of the borough’s most notorious projects. Another thing that the two share is that they are “the only females in their crew… and they kick sh*t like a brother do…” As Shanté was down with infamous The Juice Crew (still rocking mics when booked for a show or daily on her “Have A Nice Day” with Roxanne Shante featuring DJ Sylk on LL COOL J’s Rock The Bells Radio on SiriusXM), C3 is a respected member of the battle rap group, The Goonies.  While sharpening their pens and their minds (as both of them are brilliant freestylers), depressing and bad decisions intertwined with the heartache of absent fathers (death or choice), they have created a catalogue that when listened to or unpacked like poetry are simply…unfuckitable. Yet can C3 carry the torch lit all the way up by her predecessor?

Clearly C3 understands the enormous amount of pressure on her shoulders. Brands like the Dominican Republic imported tobacco brand Hotskull/ Triple 3hreat rocks behind her because she can handle that pressure like a champ.

Mec says that part of the reason they rock with her is because of her “ability to freestyle and go off the head so effortlessly.” She continues with a perspective about the lyricists that seems to come up over and over again, “I invest in her because I admire her, and I see her talent. I’m a woman, and I like to see other women doing great things. She’s very strong, and she’s been out on her own since she was kind of young. I respect the fact that’s she able to overcome some of her adversities the way that she does. Mostly, she reminds me of myself in some ways.”

Check out what she shared with The Source about her role in battle rap.

What was it like coming up as a rapper?

As a kid it (rapping) was my getaway. As a teen it made me one of the cool kids. As an adult it’s both lol

What are the biggest pressures you encounter as a female rapper?

Being a female really never caused much pressure coming up… me being an AG (stud) I always rapped with the guys and was considered equal. But when I came to battle rap and forced to compete with other girls the pressure came. The pressure came because I was being judged not for my bars, making me have to work harder since I was essentially battling against my opponents “looks” and “cattiness.”

How much does being from Queens influence your style of emceeing?

I grew up listening to Nas, The Lost Boyz, and LL Cool J. I would go out to park jams with Grand Master Vic. Which made me a great story teller, a true performer and also gave me my laid back Queens swag.

It is well documented that you have struggled with depression. How does rhyming help your depression?

Rhyming helps me let out the anger and pain, and prevents those feelings from coming out in the wrong way (sometimes lol)

How do you survive?

I honestly don’t know.. I just keep going. Even when I want to I can’t quit… in any aspect of life!

Who are your influences in commercial rap and battle rap?

In commercial rap, I’m currently into Meek Mill, J. Cole, Migos, Lil Wayne, A Boogie.  They’re rich but still have a certain hunger when it comes to rapping. And even though they don’t put out much music any more, I will always love 50 and Nas #qgtm.

While we talking about Queens emcees, Roxanne Shante was a big influence. I mean I’m from Queens, and I’m female battle rapper. How could she not be? I was mainly inspired about hearing stories about how she didn’t let the industry take advantage of her. She actually flipped the script and took full advantage of them. When I first heard about it, it had me in awe. But more recently after seeing her movie, and seeing how she was hitting the streets, kicking ass and taking names, inspired me even more. Her journey lets me know I’m on the right path. I hope my work can inspire other emcees they way her’s did for me.

As far as battle rappers, the whole current URL roster right now. The energy is back. The hunger is back. Everything the artists and staff are doing right now is crazy inspiring to me. URL changed the lives of their artists for the better. Not only do the guys know how to compete without emotion, but they have fun with it. I can’t wait to say the same for the ladies.

What is interesting is what Eric Beasley from URL has said about her. He said that she is one of those talents (females or males) that have been around for a while, but has just started to really take her skill set to the next level. Some of that is her renew confidence- sparked by her inclusion in The Goonies.

C3, many have noted that you were a “beast” on your own… why did you join a crew?

In my crew, The Goonies, I have found my soul family. It is clear that I was a “Goonie,” before I ever met The Goonies. I just feel like it was meant to be and those guys inspire me so much by just being themselves.

While she has kind words about The Goonies… it is interesting to hear what they think about the first and only sister in their crew:

Lu-Castro:

“C3 really fit right in with the Goonies.  Truthfully, she is a beast as a rapper. I considered her as one of my top 5 female battlers out, even before she joined us. So to be in a group with somebody like her, that I was watching before I even made a name for myself, is dope as hell.  Her battle against Lotta Zay is actually one of my favorite battles of all times.”
Peep below:

Ryda:

“C3 is one of the only females that has touched many platforms. Male or female it doesn’t matter she won’t duck any wreck. Punchlines, rebuttals, and cadence makes her tough to deal with. She’s a legend in this game.”

Drugz:

“C3 is very creative! Her freestyle ability, as well as her wit,  combined with a powerful and suspenseful cadence makes her one of the most dangerous ladies in the game!”

Nu Jerzey Twork:

“C3 is a one of a kind talent, an innovator of her own style used by many in the female battle rap culture. She is “The Gate Keeper.”  C is the real test for those girls. If you can get past her then you earn my respect. Throughout her career she’s faced some of the toughest opponents and prevailed. She also means a lot to the sport as a whole, not only female rap. She’s paved the way for other women who came after her.  Year in and year out showing why she is who she is. I’m honored to not only have her on my team, but in my life as a sister . C3 is the “Rock Of The Goonies” the foundation, the First Lady. Nothing comes or goes without her say so, I wouldn’t replace her for anyone in the world.

If all reports about her star is true, she will gladly walk in the tradition of Shanté… only adding her own twist to it.

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Rakim Believes Smack Evolved Hip-Hop With Battle Rap

What would happen when your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper says you elevated the game?

Would you be at a loss for words or would that make you work that much harder?

In light of their last two cards, Resolution and NOME 9, dominating the rap conversation for close to three months… Rakim Allah aka the 18th Letter has weighed in on how important Troy “SMACK” White and URL are to the Hip-Hop as a culture.

READ MORE: NOME9 Proves That There Are Levels To This Rapping Stuff

“I remember when URL was S.M.A.C.K. DVDs and it started hitting the streets back in the early 2000s.  You used to [have to] pull up on 125th, and grab a copy or someone would hit you with it backstage at a show.” The Microphone Fiend reflects   “Watching it brought me straight back to the parks and parties where we all started.  I’m known as a lyricist but, like every great rapper I know, my lyricism was born trying to out rhyme the guy next to me in front of a handful of onlookers.”
The god-emcee has always noted that “iron sharpens iron.” Many have heard Rakim give praises to other emcees in the past. Most notably he has given props to Nasir Jones aka Nas as one of those who carry of the culture. But Nas is another rapper and depending on who you ask, is represents an older generation. And while he has evolutionized the game from a lyrical perspective… who has caused a paradigm shift for this new generation, ultimately saving the culture?

It seems like he is pointing to SMACK URL as an enterprise.
“The evolution URL [and battle rap] is like the evolution of Hip-Hop.” Rakim offers “It’s a little slicker now, it’s got the global reach of the internet, and the networks bringing it to the mass audiences.”
He continues, “So the rappers [on his platform] know the stakes have risen, and [one battle] can make or break a career overnight.” When Rakim used to battle in the park, your pride and maybe a couple of dollars were at the price you paid if you loss a battle. But what Smack White, Eric Beasley and their other partner Cheeko at the helm, their team Norbes, P, KD and NuNu as strong support systems, has done seems to have taken the tradition of battling and advanced it. Rakim sees what they they are doing with this platform and appreciates him for keeping this energy alive.
Rakim states, “That core energy of two artists elevating each other, and trying show the world that they are the biggest beast in the land… that’s always gonna be the real heart of what we do.”

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URL’s New Franchise ‘Summer Impact,’ First Battle Announced Tsu Surf and Tay Roc Vs. Loaded Lux and Hollow Da Don

URL does it again by shifting the culture with a new franchise to tickle the fancy of battle rap enthusiasts.  Combining two of their marque events, Summer Madness and Double Impact, the world’s most respected stage in battle rap promises to bring the star power in double doses.

Summer Madness has been the platform for at least the last 7 years that has brought out the biggest names in the culture and in the industry to see titans go at it in lyrical warfare. Double Impact, a fairly newer franchise founded in 2016, pairs up dynamic duos to play tag team in these bar-for-bar contest.

While the card has not been announced, one bout has been and surely you will be floored.

Mega-star Tsu Surf and his partner Tay Roc aka “The Face of URL” will make another appearance as Gun Titles to battle two heads on battle rap’s Mt. Rushmore, Loaded Lux and Hollow Da Don. Load Lux has long cemented himself in battle rap’s history, and pairing him with Hollow Da Don proves to be a coup for the master think tank over at URL.

But let’s look at these four contenders Summer Madness records so far.

Hollow Da Don and Tsu Surf have only appeared on one Summer Madness a piece. Hollow Da Don battled Tay Roc at SM6, where many believe that Tay Roc killed him with two crazy bars that had to deal with a seat belt and a buzzing fly. See below. While Tsu Surf had a great entertaining battle with Hitman Holla at SM4.

Lux stunts with his Summer Madness appearances as he had an incredible battle with Calicoe in SM2, and even memorable battle with Charlie Clips at SM5. In both battles, the Harlemite took aim at his opponents’ fathers. In the Calicoe it won him the battle, and in the Clips battle not so much. Clip’s free style ability backfired with the Wild N’ Out star hitting him with the line implying that it doesn’t matter what you think his father did… his mother was the real gangsta in their family.

Leading the pack is the reigning “King of Summer Madness,” Baltimore’s own Tay Roc. There is little to be said about this emcee, other than when you here… “Summer Madness coming,” you can’t help but get excited. He is sure to bring passion and fire to the table. Summer Impact, with his partner Tsu Surf, we are sure he will do the same.

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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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Battle Rapper Tech 9 Faced Child Porn And Sexual Assault Charges Before His Death

After passing away last month to much fanfare, it has now been revealed that late battle rapper Tech 9 was facing some really serious charges at the time of his death.

According to court documents from the Court of Common Pleas in City of Philadelphia, Tech was arrested on January 5 in Philadelphia and charged with possession of child pornography, indecent assault, indecent exposure and corruption of minors.

Tech, whose given name is Akhiym Mickens, was due in court for arraignment on the date of his death. The court docket below shows the complete list of charges against the late battle rapper.

According to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office, Mickens’ cause death is undetermined and is
still under investigation.

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