Friday, April 10, 2009

Interesting Article - The CURIOUS CASE OF BATTLE MC'S

I found this Article on XXL.com Yesterday and thought that I'd share it with You and get Your Thoughts about it... As a Promoter & Host of a Prominent Hip Hop Battle Show... I do see Trends & Changes and more often than not some of these things that are percieved as novelty or trend actually end up becoming essential, hovever the masses or even the minority at times dosen't appreciate it until it is not longer available. Such as the Art of Freestyling wheter in a Battle Setting or in an Actual Performance Setting the Ability to improvise over a Beat and effectivly communicate to an Audience is an Art. There are a lot of MC's, managers of MC's & Record label Execs of these MC's that will try to make you believe that FREESTYLING is Unnecessary... Hell they took the Booth out of RAP CITY & We see what the end result of that was... NO MORE RAP CITY on BET(Coincidence... I think not). I hear it all of the time "I DON'T FREESTYLE or I DON'T BATTLE" Well Why not? If You TRULY Believe in Your Heart that Your The SHIT then SHOW & PROVE that's HIP HOP... PERIOD, POINT BLANK, END OF STORY.


- ThaBEATnik


BLOG: The Curious Case of Battle MCs

Thursday Apr 9 10:43 AM CDT posted by xxl staff


The battle MC is an interesting character. While freestyle battles are a good way to get your name out there, more often that not, these rappers don’t break much ground. The careers of some of the more recent battle artists have gone nowhere fast - Jin, Poster Boy, Murder Mook, Serius Jones (who I really think just talks, not raps, in his battles)… And did someone win the 106 & Park Freestyle Tournament yet? I stopped watching.

I thought Jin had great potential and while he did make a little splash, “Learn Chinese” didn’t exactly top the charts. When he accepted that Ruff Ryders chain on 106, that was pretty much the height of his career. “At the end of the day,” he didn’t have the right formula and I’m not sure he was capable of making great songs even with Swizz Beatz production. Sometimes it’s hard for the battle rapper to break out of their tit-for-tat style of rhyming, but there are some success stories. Guys like Cassidy and Eminem (maybe the biggest success story) were able to make it big after breaking in on the underground battling circuit. But it’s hard to find an artist who can diss you and then turn around and make a great radio record and then turn around and also make a solid album.

Serius was signed to Disturbing Tha Peace for a while before that deal fell through. I’m sure the labels just don’t know how to market these guys. The main problem/argument is that just because you can spar on the streets doesn’t mean you can make a song with the right arrangements, production, hook, melodies, etc, so many battle rappers tend to be one-trick ponies. Is battling still what it used to be? Can new rappers still break in this way? -clovito

3 comments:

DJ Ghost said...

And let the congregation say - AMEN!

tommyvalentine said...

I caught this too. I think some of the points are valid, but I also think it neglects the idea that most emcees battle or freestyle in the beginning, even if that is not what they become known for.

A simpler way to say it would be that CAREER battle rappers seldom expand beyond that role, but I would also argue that emcees that never hone their craft through battles and freestyles are seldom able to get to the point where their lyricism is impressive.

Zakiya said...

You have put into words the thoughts of many.