Gotta make this quick because "Summer Madness 12" is about to start.
Just found out the entire card today, and I'm try'na see the whole thing.
Chess vs. Shotgun Suge
Shotgun Suge is not one of my favorite battle rappers, and I like Chess' on-stage zeal.
Danny Myers vs. Fonz
Danny Myers 2-1. I'm saying Danny in 3, but I've seen only one Fonz battle -- the one-rounder with Calicoe last month. Fonz punched that battle, and I prefer bar after bar over punch-in-punch-out.
Like Roc, Danny barks and raps -- and raps and barks. And he battles a lot, so that's a lot of barking and a lot of rapping.
Tay Roc vs. Swamp
Looking forward to this one -- mostly because I'm trying to catch a Swamp battle. I've seen a few of his face-offs and, from time to time, his interviews. But no battle.
I think JC is one of the best battlers out there, but I even missed his battle vs. Swamp for the $120,000 win last month.
Also a little curious about what angle, if any, he'll take with Tay Roc. Of course, the two have a connection thru an erotic allegation made to Swamp about Roc from a transgender woman. True or false, angles tend to be a brow beat in battle rap. <Yawns.>
Aside from that, I know Tay Roc's track record and that he raps and barks -- and barks and raps.
Tay Roc 2-1.
Eazy Da Block Captain vs. Calicoe
One of my favorite match-ups tonight.
Calicoe doesn't bark; he raps. And he's smooth with it.
He's also a storyteller, and I like that combination:
Rap, Flow, and Style.
It's not the only rap combination I like, but it's one that he knows how to work.
As said in "Smack Vol. 9" (See "Related Links"), I think Eazy's barking voice sounds like screeching tires. Regardless, I'ma listen to those raps.
Do I think he's about to die?
Danny Myers vs. Fonz
Danny Myers 2-1. I'm saying Danny in 3, but I've seen only one Fonz battle -- the one-rounder with Calicoe last month. Fonz punched that battle, and I prefer bar after bar over punch-in-punch-out. Like Roc, Danny barks and raps -- and raps and barks in his battles.
And he battles a lot, so that's a lot of barking.
Tsu Surf vs. JC
Aside from Eazy vs. Calicoe, Tsu Surf vs. JC is my other favorite match-up of the night. Surf's energy seems part-passion-part-irritability, but he's multifaceted in promo, stage presence, and move-making.
On the other hand, I think the aforementioned JC is one of the most-fluid emcees in battle rappers. Definitely think this battle is a clash in energy, with Surf being the sun and JC the earth. But based on pure bars -- pure bars -- JC will orbit around Surf in a pure line -- a pure bar.
"Summer Madness 12" at 3 p.m. (EST): Live and free from Charlotte, N.C. on caffeine.tv/urltv.
A battle rap review of the "Summer Madness 12" card
CORRECTION: A day after this review, I recalled a Swamp battle that I saw this year or last. In it, he rebutted that his arrest at the time was over an altercation with a girlfriend who knew he was cheating on her.
Jubalyn ExWilliams lives in Pennsylvania (United States). Her website is updated at landturn.com.
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