Chicago's GO-Rilla Warfare dropped a bomb on the battle world today (Aug. 5) with the release of the massive lineup for "The Crown 2," scheduled to go down Nov. 21 in Markham, Ill.
League reps Big Kannon and Mz. Gracie teased a few match-ups already this week — including the long-awaited return of Lady Luck against O'fficial — but the full card has surpassed expectations.
Here are the confirmed pairings, with more possibly on the way.
- Lady Luck vs. O'fficial
- Charlie Clips vs. Big Kannon
Shotgun Suge vs. Hitman Holla
- Aye Verb vs. Tsu Surf
- Daylyt vs. O Red
- K-Shine vs. Ill Will
- JC vs. Born
[UPDATE, Aug. 18, 2015: Shotgun Suge vs. Hitman Holla has been cancelled, with Bigg K vs. Math Hoffa acting as the replacement. Young Kannon vs. John John Da Don and Xcel vs. Heavy Half have also been added.]
The card features some of the biggest names in battle rap right now in some compelling match-ups that mostly break down to Midwest vs. East Coast. Gracie has confirmed that all the battles will be three rounds of three minutes.
Charlie Clips vs. Big Kannon was originally slated for GW's "The Blueprint" last September, but Clips pulled out of the battle on short notice over family issues.
Also confirmed is the match-up between Shotgun Suge and Hitman Holla that many fans expected to see on "Summer Madness 5" after years of the two calling each other out on the URL stage.
GW's announcement has definitely set off a wave of discussion about the issue:
Suge vs Hitman is happening not on SMACK.... but...... Gorilla Warfare.... Really bruh???— mondo rondo (@NWOMXNDX) August 5, 2015
Why? If one league dragging their feet why can't another one give us dope battles? https://t.co/arAkDHPbgl— 🦄 Popular Introvert 💫✨ (@MizzCreme) August 5, 2015
Hitman and suge argue one time on a url stage and all of a sudden they stole the battle from smack lmaoooo— Cashis Clay #WGH (They/Them🏳️🌈) (@CashisClayGold) August 5, 2015
@CashisClayFNF The shots from Bill Collector vs Suge all the way to Surf vs Hitman...its been a big build up.— mahdi0123 (@mahdi01231) August 5, 2015
Don't tell me what league u want me to battle on if that league DONT WANNA BOOK THE BATTLE ion have time for the goofy shit..— #BallGame✌ (@HitmanHolla) August 5, 2015
Gracie addressed some of the people accusing GW of "stealing" the match-up from URL in the Unbias Review Facebook group.
She also sent a comment to BattleRap.com on the matter:
"We will never book a battle another league has booked and I don't think the battlers would have agreed to do the battle here if they were doing it on SM5. I pride myself on not stepping on other people's toes. I could have easily had a different Charlie Clips match-up but URL wants it for a later event so I didn't touch it."
JC vs. Born pits two of the most bar-heavy battlers in the scene against each other. The two actually had a mini face-off in one of BattleRap.com's recent interviews in Detroit.
Reaction to the card has already been overwhelmingly positive, aside from those who think certain battles should be on certain platforms.
Just let us be great.....— Chunkee Monkee (@MzGracieBaby) August 5, 2015
Here's the (updated) full flyer:
(Possible) pay-per-view details to follow. Get your tickets here.
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