KOTD's Fresh Coast "Back To Basics" event is finally almost here. The no-frills and small-scale event is set to take place April 18 in a stripped-down warehouse venue space in downtown Los Angeles.
KOTD staffer and renowned camerman/editor Kyle "Avocado" Gray spoke to BattleRap.com recently about the league's plans for the event and detailed why "Back To Basics" will feature no stage and no hosts in a pit format.
"We're going back to basics as a result of huge events not pleasing the fans and battles ultimately suffering because of it," Gray says. "The disconnect that the stage creates between the fans and the battles takes away the raw energy that we all grew up loving with battle rap. Me, J-Pro and Kingfly came up with this solution and we've been working on this concept, I personally think that this is the only way I want to do battles out West from now on."
The match-ups for the event are available below but read up on the background to the full "Back To Basics" card (and details about a surprise, yet-to-be-announced "main event" battle) on BattleRap.com here.
- John John Da Don vs. Kid Twist
- Rone vs. The Saurus
- KG The Poet vs. Head I.C.E
- Fredo vs. Anygma
- RemyD vs. Psycoses
- PNut vs. Xcel
- Sketch Menace vs. Reverse Live
- Danny Myers vs. Cali Smoov
- Megadef vs. Madflex
Watch the trailer here:
Check out what the battlers are saying about the event below and listen to a full Bishop Brigante-hosted "B2B" press conference at the bottom of this page.
@OrganikHipHop i can't wait man, gonna be great to catch people by surprise again— Alex Larsen (also Twist) (@alexktwist) April 13, 2015
otw to this stupid ass ATL AIRPORT smh.... LA ill see yall in a few hours— ALL OF THEE ABOVE (@JohnJohnDaDon) April 17, 2015
ok yall... time for take off ✈️— ALL OF THEE ABOVE (@JohnJohnDaDon) April 17, 2015
LAX here i come
@TheSaurus831 but anyway Rone is abouta 3-0 u & u cant do anything about it lol— ALL OF THEE ABOVE (@JohnJohnDaDon) April 16, 2015
Listen to KOTD's "Back To Basics" press conference, which features appearances from Rone, The Saurus, John John Da Don, Kid Twist, and more, below. (Or visit the link here to download the show.)
Let us know what you think of the card and KOTD's throwback format for "Back To Basics" in the comment section below.