I remember the first KOTD - Compliment Rap Battle ever. It was Tricky P vs Deffinition. I was there at King of the Dot (KOTD) World Domination 2, in Toronto Canada, summer of 2011 and this was the most creative, innovative and HILARIOUS battle I had ever seen.
Shout out to the whole KOTD organization, one of the best leagues out there, period. They elevated the game with their attention to detail, graphics intros and legendary match ups. You see how I just complimented them? That’s how the Compliment Rap Battle works. Instead of dissing your opponent, you have to go out of your way to compliment them, better than they compliment you. Now battle champions Pat Stay and Rone return to the Compliment battle ring, at the Hopscotch Festival 2014, to secure their legacies as not only the meanest battle rappers in the game, but the NICEST as well. Literally.
Watch Pat Stay vs Rone, above, and then you can check out the first ever compliment rap battle with Tricky P vs Deffinition, below. (Catch me to the left of Organik, behind PH’s left shoulder, cracking up!).
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Diabolic (feat. Sean Price & Vinnie Paz) – “Game Time”
I have to admit, I love a good fight record. Sean Price and Diabolic I know personally and they have been in their share of knockdown brawls over the years. I don’t know Vinnie Paz, but his voice is very convincing, lol. Throw this between Ante Up and The WWKYA Tour (ft. Extended Famm) on your iPod and play it next time you are at the gym in front of a heavy bag.
This is a track off of Diabolics new LP FIGHTIN’ WORDS, on his own label, Warhorse Records. The album features guest such as R.A. The Rugged Man, Apathy, Celph Titled, Locksmith, Nino Bless and more, besides Sean Price and Vinnie Paz. Production from DJ Premier, The Snowgoons, Brooklyn’s 5th Seal and others make this an all around solid project.
Diabolic explains how his process has evolved since his last album:
The difference between Liar & a Thief and Fightin Words is that on L&T, I felt like I forced a lot of it. I was trying to do what I felt like people wanted to hear and put myself into a box. I had a lot more fun with Fightin Words. I did the music organically, just taking tracks that I liked, rocking to them and letting the record take on it’s own life. I truly feel it’s some of my best work, and reflects more of my personality than previous releases.
You can pick up the album FIGHTIN’ WORDS at iTunes • Fat Beats [CD/2xLP] • UGHH.
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SHABAAM SAHDEEQ – “SKILLET” (Prod. by DJ READY CEE)
Shabaam Sahdeeq cooks on this aptly titled DJ Ready Cee track. I have been a Shabam Sahdeeq supporter ever since his Rawkus days and lately, he has reignited his career with bangers like this one. His last LP Keepers of the Lost Art was a classic and I see he has no plans of slowing up. The flame is turned up real high on this one. Salute.
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DJ JS-1 has been dropping bangin’ singles from his It Is What It Isn’t LP. First he drops the “Turn The Tables” joint featuring O.C. and now this. Ever the genius of sardonic album titles (and of course, um … turntablism!) his songs are both head-nodding and thought provoking.
Producing both the beats and the scratches on his projects JS-1 collars with a plethora of ill MC’s including KRS-One, O.C, Ras Kass, The Artifacts, Buckshot, Ill Bill, Erick Sermon, Homeboy Sandman, Wordsworth, Fashawn, Torae, Breez Evahflowin’, PackFM, Ruste Juxx, Sadat X and Kyle Rapps, just to name a few! (No really there’s more.) Peep the tracklist for the complete list and then stream or support by buying the album with the links below.
01. Turn the Tables (feat. O.C.) DJBooth.net Premiere
02. It Is What It Isn’t (feat. Blacastan, Illa Ghee &Trez)
03. 110 Percent (feat. Breez Brewin, Homeboy Sandman & Kyle Rapps)
04. Give A Damn (feat. Dynasty, Eternia & Sara Kana)
05. Forgotten (feat. Spit Gemz, Wes & Nutso)
06. Pay Attention (feat. Soul Khan)
07. Interference (feat. Esoteric & Ras Kass)
08. Letchuknow (feat. Strick & Eklips)
09. Whatever It Takes (feat Murs & Fashawn)
10. Higher Level (feat. Brother J & Professor X)
11. DieHard (feat. Erick Sermon, Rahzel & Buckshot)
12. Klick Clique (feat. KRS-One & Torae)
13. Groom Lake (feat. C Rayz Walz)
14. Show Shockin’ (feat. El Da Sensei, Tame One & Reef the Lost Cauze)
15. Infinite (feat. Ruste Juxx & Sav Killz)
16. Profreshionals (feat. Ill Bill & Slaine)
17. Love Me Not (feat. Kurious, Craig G & Smooth B)
18. My Neighborhood (feat. Pack FM)
19. Soo Real (feat. Rasheed Chappell & Wordsworth)
20. Sample Abuser (feat. AG, Sadat X & Neek the Exotic)
21. STCAF (feat. Lordroc, Eternal, Melo Malo, Lifelong, Truth & Cerebral)
STREAM: “Whatever It Takes” - SoundCloud • AudioMack
ALBUM: It Is What It Isn’t - iTunes • Fat Beats • UGHH
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MCMIreport.com & MCMI Records presents:
‘DAYS OF FUTURE PAST’
MCMI releases hip hop project with the MarXman and announces Fall indie tour of Western Europe.
The MarXman in collaboration with MCMI releases Days of Future Past, a musical journey from the Golden Age of Hip Hop into the unknown future.
Days of Future Past is an alternate universe, a re-imagining of hip hop reality through the eyes of a poet. The MarXman eloquently conveys the story of a displaced artist finding his own sound in the main stream of consciousness.
The album commences with a sound byte from the classic cartoon X-men: The Animated Series, depicting an apocalyptic era following the “assassination of the‘90s.” All 15 tracks are written and performed by the MarXman with the exception of “Where I’ll Be” featuring King Chung and “Beautiful Struggle” featuring Sheena O. Murray.
Each song is infused with the MarXman’s lyrical experience, blending R&B melodies with memorable “golden era” instrumentation. Listeners are challenged to rethink their inner most desires in “T.P.I.R.” a sample from the game show The Price Is Right. Buckshot of Black Moon’s “I Got Cha Opin” is remixed into a tribute to the nightlife in “Me & My Crew.” “Off the Ground” and “Take A Flight” directly refer to the MarXman’s upcoming solo independent tour of Western Europe in the Fall, advocating the need to soar over your comfort zone to follow your dreams.
Days of Future Past can be found on MCMIreport.com, or downloaded directly from MCMI.BandCamp.com
For more about the MarXman’s European Tour, go to http://www.gofund.me/theMarXman.
More about The MarXman: The MarXman is a 13 year stage performer who hit the NYC scene as a spoken word artist. In 2008 he plunged into the party scene and released his first music project the NeXt: the MiXtape in 2010. As an event planner he seeks to uplift the artistic integrity of mainstream culture, starting with New York City.
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