"BODIED" Presents: The Best Rap Battles Of All Time

Battle Rap has come a good distance. Early hip-hop was constructed on combative foundations, with borough combating borough for final domination; in some ways, KRS One’s “The Bridge Is Over” retains Battle Rap parts, right down to the visceral viewers response. Moments like Jay-Z and Busta Rhymes’ fabled high-school tete-a-tete stay entrenched in cultural lore. During BET’s late nineties heyday, a weekly phase known as “Freestyle Friday” emerged as a fan favourite, and sure served as many a younger fan's introduction to the subculture. Of course, Eminem’s eight Mile performed a pivotal position in bringing Battle Rap to the lots, a “gateway” for these in search of additional exploration into the game.

In 2006 and 2007, Jumpoff TV hosted back-to-back installments of the “World Rap Championships.” While the primary included rappers from the United States and the UK, the next match expanded to incorporate artists from the States, Canada, Australia, and the UK. Though competitors was fierce, and notorious “stolen tapes” went on to forged a darkish cloud upon the occasion, the mixed forces of TheSaurus and Illmaculate proved formidable; the duo went on to take dwelling the prize cash, additional solidifying their reputations within the course of.

While Jumpoff TV in the end dissipated, King Of The Dot emerged, and shortly grew to become the outstanding discussion board for high-end Battle Rap occasions. In reality, the vast majority of outstanding names have held it down in battle, together with TheSaurus, Illmac, 360, Dumbfoundead, Iron Solomon, Dizaster, the late Bender, PoRich, Arcane, Rone, and naturally former KOTD champion Kid Twist, who really got here by way of to co-write the screenplay for Bodied.

In fact, the historical past of Battle Rap is in depth, and the forged of characters huge. To do justice to the assorted contributors and champions would take, on the very least, a number of historians. Yet Bodied is about to reach on November second. With appearances from Kid Twist, Dumbfoundead, and Dizaster, it’s completely doable that Bodied will go away many viewers diving into the world, determined to make amends for years of memorable head-to-heads.

In honor of the upcoming flick, listed below are 5 of Battle Rap’s greatest battles, which ought to serve a worthwhile introduction to the craft, and people who dwell and breathe it.


For anyone who appreciates the comedic parts of battle rap, you’d be arduous pressed to discover a extra amusing battle than Dumbfoundead VS Tantrum. While Dumb has delivered no scarcity of wonderful rounds, his efficiency towards Tantrum completely encapsulates his jol, but scathing model; he’ll clown you with out resorting to aggressive posturing, and have you ever laughing whereas doing so. Though this one is comparatively low-stakes, it serves as the proper introduction to Battle Rap tradition, and options an countless slew of hilarious punch-lines. “What the hell dude, cease rapping and promote footwear,” raps Dumb, “after he misplaced that battle he went to his dad, obtained down on his knees and stated ‘I've failed you.’”


Though we have already seen what he can do, Dumbfoundead discovered himself dealing with a really formidable opponent in Kid Twist. The comedically inclined rappers confronted off within the first KOTD championship, again in 2009. Though a few of the extra racially pushed materials hasn't precisely aged gracefully, there may be nonetheless loads of scathing piss-taking, wit, and spectacular back-and-forth all through this legendary underground match-up. It needs to be famous that Kid Twist initially rose to prominence throughout the World Rap Championships, the place he and his accomplice poRich have been among the many solely groups at hand TheSaurus and Illmaculate a misplaced spherical. Now, whereas Twist has retired from Battle Rap, he and Dumb have as soon as once more crossed paths whereas engaged on the upcoming Bodied.


Where some battles stem from a spot of mutual respect, this heated tilt between Nova Scotia’s Pat Stay and Detroit’s Marv Won actually encapsulates the battle component. When this one first aired in 2011, the PC tradition of at present was removed from entrenched in society; that a lot shortly turns into evident the second Stay begins focusing on Marv’s autistic brother. Never has a battle felt extra more likely to take it again to that "Oh you mad trigger I am stylin' on you" vitality. Yet regardless of his sheer ruthless nature, or maybe due to it, Pat Stay actually solidified himself as a formidable power, taking an sudden depth to the previous WRC participant. Can a battle go too far? Such ethical quandaries have been on the heart of many debate, but the viewers appears to carry no opposition. 


After deftly dealing with an countless barrage of competitors as allies, TheSaurus and Illmaculate discovered themselves nose to nose in one of the crucial anticipated match-ups in Battle Rap historical past. Dubbed by many as a cult basic, the previous mates turned short-term rivals held nothing again. One significantly hilarious second arises when Illmac targets TheSaurus’ publish World Rap Championships tantrum, wherein hats have been thrown. “Come on Pete,” laughs Illmac, reflecting on his impromptu pep speak, “we will persevere!” A monumental Battle Rap prevalence between two of one of the best to ever do it.


In 2012, Daylyt squared off with Rich Dollaz for King Of The Dot. Though each events fought valiantly, the leather-clad Daylyt got here by way of with a efficiency for the ages. You’ll typically hear followers wanting again on his “Bus Stop” rhyme scheme among the many style’s legendary stanzas. We've seen loads of various kinds, with some rappers favoring aggression, others comedic belitting. Yet Daylyt's sheer barrage of bars proves second to none; it is no surprise that the enigmatic artist is held in excessive esteem throughout the Battle Rap group. "No whip, I'ma catch 'em ready on the bus cease, he wait on the bus for arrive, I wait till the bus cease," raps Daylyt, in his closing assertion. "Wait till the bus arrive, spray one within the bus prime, go away you on the bus cease laying with a bust prime."


In 2011, controversial battle legend Dizaster took on New York’s personal DNA in a extensively publicized King Of The Dot match-up. To make this one all of the extra historic, Drake himself came-through to co-host the occasion, going as far as to place $3000 on the road. The forty-plus minute battle featured glorious performers from each events, with notable rebuttals, spectacular rhyme schemes, and punchlines for days. Dizaster’s “Prince Of Persia” bar shortly emerged as a fan favourite, whereas DNA’s multi-lingual third-round had Drizzy doing the scrunchy-face. To be honest, it was tough to resolve between this one and Dizaster Vs Iron Solomon, which additionally deserves a point out. Still, the sheer spectacle, no-holds-barred strategy, and simmering rigidity helped set up this tilt because the definitive Battle Rap expertise.