Hip Hop is a culture defined by exaggerated machismo and one part of the game where this is illustrated perfectly is in the art of battle rap. While the battle rap movement is rapidly gaining popularity across the world, there are still many in the mainstream that are obliviously ignorant to the revolution that is taking place right under their noses.
The revolution is in full force with the Scrambles4Money battle league dominating the scene in a way that no other league has achieved in South Africa. “Scrambles” was the first league on the continent to send contenders to battle at the KOTD (King Of The Dot) World Domination 4 event in 2013 (This event is regarded as the global battle rap olympics). Since then, the league has also hosted three top tier international battle rappers (The Deadman, Lexx Luthor and Ness Lee) in another ‘continent first’.
Fast forward to the present, less than a year since the last sold out international event, Scrambles has another classic event lined up for the 12th & 13th of December 2014. Apart from the highly anticipated return of Lexx Luthor and Ness Lee, fans and haters alike are excited by the card featuring, for the first time on African soil, the nephew of the late great rapper Tupac Shakur, the son of Rakim and cousin to Kendrick Lamar, Mr quil gang himself, Day-motherfucking-lyt (the gods of battle rap know many a battle rap fan are dying to see the Day)! He will be facing Ness Lee in what promises to be the biggest barfest the continent (AND the southern hemisphere) has ever seen. You will remember Ness Lee from his infamous battle with the indubitably indomitable Tumi (a battle that easily racked up tens of thousands of views in no time!)
Also featured on the card is another Scrambles first, an intergender battle between King Keyla and Snow. Keylah is characterised by creative antics in his rounds, although recently his style has been infused with heavy bars. Snow on the other hand has only one battle on Scrambles4Money, but that one battle proved her to be quite a hit with her highly entertaining rhymes. Personally, I see this one going either way but the 12th of December shall reveal all!
When Illite headed to Canada alongside Gin I to represent South Africa last year, he was crowned the Scrambles4Money champion. This is a title he is defending against Scrambles’s newest golden child, Jake Baker. Both these rapper’s styles are highly witty and they are known to be quick thinkers in high pressure situations. In my opinion, Illite goes into this battle with an advantage. In the past year he has claimed fewer scalps than Jake and therefore has a whole lot more to prove. On the other hand, Jake Baker has been an unstoppable force of nature, dropping more bodies than Ebola, leaving only one question, does he have what it takes to beat the freestyle king of Scrambles?
Tickets are selling fast, so it is advisable that you get yours early to avoid disappointment. Get them for a steal at only R180 each on quicket (R200 at the door). This two day shall be held at the Zen Nightclub in Maboneng on the 12th and 13th of December 2014. For more info hit up the Scrambles4Money social accounts on the links below.
An honourable mention for the Draft League cats. They semi-finals of their #ProveYourWorth tournament will be held on the Friday (12th December) and so far their performances have been getting crazier and crazier. Only four rappers remain with bodies littering the path they have travelled thus far. Absalom, Demo Cast, Fahrenheit and Nova all stand a shot at advancing to the Main card and also at winning a cash prize.
On the 13th, fans will be treated to another bout of the draft league's best going against each other in another night of battles. With your ticket from Friday you will be able to enter the battles on Saturday, but if you only come on the Saturday then you ticket will only be R50.