Star is done with male battle rap

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After the latest scandal surrounding battle rap and the latest altercation during an event, Star of Shot 97 internet radio and long-time radio host, says he’s finished with the genre. On his daily internet show on from 12 – 2pm, Star cited the incident of Dizaster punching Math Hoffa in the face during the KOTD battle as the last straw. As I have stated so often, the current state of battle rap, though loved by so many, is an unregulated mess and not that entertaining or organized. I have honestly stated my opinion that although rap battles are a part of Hip Hip as a culture, they are not being organized in the proper way. The proper way to showcase a emcee competition is like End of the Weak does it; the MC Challenge.

Now Drect from Grindtime deserves much respect for winning at the Challenge and probably deserved to win. Like Majesty said the judging is very scientific. Having been a judge on several occasions I would say that the system is the best that I have personally seen. It should be a template used by the top Emcee skill competitions. Rap battles are a thing but the difference is clear. A rap battle gets more people who like to see the drama and is a spectacle that draws attention. However, ultimately it’s only really good when someone gets embarrassed and humiliated, just as Drect did in the following clip from Grindtime.

On the clip, a cute innovation of a co-ed rap battle ensues with host Drect and his accomplice Young Gattas going against EOW regular Swave Sevah and his co-defendant QB. Billed as the first-ever co-ed rap battle, Drect capitalized on a unique idea that totally backfired if he thought he was going to win. The battle idea is good but ultimately what people want to see is humiliation, and no one goes in thinking it will be them taking the L. In the previous EOW MC Challenge, no egos were bruised, yet skills were displayed. In the Grindtime battle below, it’s almost impossible to judge by skills in a close battle and all you really hear are punchlines. To me, the personal shit about his business and all that is a bit over the line. It sounds hella fucked up to say in a battle and probably killed him inside, just a little bit. Plus how Swave eventually eviscerates Young Gattas seems merciless, and a bit unnecessary. But that’s what a lot of young heads wanna see for some reason.

I just don’t  understand how people who claim to love sports don’t want to see more rules implemented in an emcee competition. It might be because emcee competitions and rap battles are actually two different things. An emcee competition is test of skill. A rap battle is a test of wittiness, or punchlines.. comedy skills even. A rap battle is mostly to see if you got jokes, I guess. Why a Hiphoppa wouldn’t want to see a true test of lyrical skill, over a glorified session of the dozens, is beyond me. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed seeing 3/4 of the Grindtime video, but by the end I felt like I usually do about these battles. I felt like for the promoter, this wasn’t a good idea, in this case that being Drect. I felt like this shit was embarrassing. His fans must have felt embarrassed for him.

The worst part is that when he came to EOW and won, that was a great accomplishment, but virtually no one saw it on YouTube. On the Grindtime video, he got about 150,000 views since 2011 and almost all of the comments say he lost.

Kurt Nice

Kurt Nice aka Kurtiss Jackson is a behind the scenes pioneer in the Hip Hop Kulture, creating the first nationally distributed video mix tape series, Shades of Hip Hop, in the late 1990s. Since touring the country with the Stop the Violence Movement and the Temple of Hip Hop as KRS-ONE’s National Marketing Director, Kurt Nice has been a constant commentator on conscious Hip Hop and its relevance to the new rap music of today, through radio and cable appearances. contact Kurt at

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