With the main card for URL’s upcoming Summer Madness 4 event announced yesterday and a handful of battles released in the last several days, we decided to revisit our battle rapper music feature and shine some light on the music itself.
Below are some recent highlights from the past week in battle rapper music. We’ve included tracks from battlers like Daylyt, Illmaculate, Pat Stay, and more.
Daylyt – “Robin Williams”
Continuing his trend of antics both in and out of the ring, Daylyt released a not-so-flattering tribute to Robin Williams after the actor’s death last week. Late in 2013, Daylyt pulled a similar trick following the death of Paul Walker and this latest single is more proof that he may never stop trolling.
Flexplicit feat. Illmaculate – “#FYF”
After battling each other in May 2011, U.K. rapper Flexplicit and Fresh Coast veteran Illmaculate recently teamed up for a KOTD-released video called “#FYF.” The title, an acronym for “fuck your feelings,” is a peek into the tone of the verses. Also, in case you missed them, both Illmac and Flexplicit have new battles to watch.
Hitman Holla – “#MikeBrown”
Joining dozens of other rappers in penning a tribute to Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old shot dead by a police officer earlier this month, St. Louis’ Hitman Holla released a video for “#MikeBrown” late last week. In the song Holla breaks down both the initial tragedy and the much-talked-about response in Ferguson, Missouri.
Dutchess – “Control Of Me”
After airing out a diss aimed at female battlers in general in March, Bronx native Dutchess dropped off visuals for her latest single last week. The track, “Control Of Me,” noticeably doesn’t feature any rapping and instead finds Dutchess singing about a love interest while walking around Coney Island in New York.
Pat Stay – “I’m Smoove”
Taking to his YouTube channel to release a loose single yesterday, Pat Stay co-opted a famous breakbeat for his own “I’m Smoove.” Full of braggadocious shit-talk (and a Tricky P quote), Pat references his title in the battle rap world as well: “I put ‘Scotia on the map / World champ baby, what you know about that?” he raps.
Wave Williams – “Don’t Flop Drops”
Having recently shed the “Cracker” moniker, London-based Wave Williams released a performance video for the Don’t Flop league earlier today. Rapping over a Kev Brown beat, Wave holds his own for nearly three minutes in what looks like a padded room.
Want more music? Check out last week’s edition.