The battle culture has given us some fantastic (free) entertainment over the years. Loaded Lux vs Hollow Da Don. Hollohan vs Pat Stay. Illmaculate vs Bigg K. For unwinding with a beer and a big smelly one at the end of the day, you can’t beat good battle rap.
I don’t know whether it’s a side effect of watching every major battle released by every major league on Earth between 2007 and 2014, or whether battle rap is genuinely falling off, but some days I’m just not feeling it any more.
So I suppose if I’m going to start saying ‘we’ in public when referring to King of the Ronalds, I should really start writing the occasional blog, shouldn’t I? I started coming up with some clickbait Unilad-style shite, the kind of uninspired wank that means they won’t let me write for Battlerap.com.
I was thinking ‘five things I want to see more of in battling,’ but really, the more I thought about it, the more I realise there’s only one major trend I want to see: More two-on-two battles. A blog post was born.
In the month of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand and fifteen, the rivers of London will run salty with disrespect as the world’s most respected, least respectful battle league returns to Acton. This is King of the Ronalds, and we’re going in Bear Back.
Tony D vs Pedro dropped on KOTR this week and it’s been picking up views like Bowski picks up items from the Pound Saver Menu. March 2nd 2015 is a day that will forever live in the memory of battle fans and, now that the dust has settled, many have been coming to the (correct) conclusion that this is one of the best UK vs UK releases in recent memory.
But why? You know old Bard, us forum nerds like to over-analyse the sound of our own farts. With that in mind, and in a break from the usual format, join me as we pick this match apart to see why it was, quite literally, the right match at the right time in the right place.
Remember when Ether happened? It was a thing. Yeah, it was alright. A few sound issues and Diz/Cassidy popped off… second time around. It was a battle event, nothing less and certainly nothing more.
Remember when exactly the same thing happened with Total Slaughter? People are always going to poo-poo events which just about slither by, especially with that level of publicity. Both led people to believe that hype and money could turn battle rap into something bigger than it is. Now let’s be real with each other, battling is already pretty big right now. The talk is all about ‘what’s next?’ Has battle rap peaked? I don’t think it has, it’s just lost.