Every month we compile a list of the best singles, videos and albums to come out of the battle rap community.
For the second month running, the releases feature high-profile battle rappers getting involved in the current trend of diss tracks. Let us know which ones you think have staying power in the comments at the end of this article.
John John Da Don - "Wanna Know"
John John set off the URL diss track war by taking shots at Tay Roc, Big T and Hollow Da Don over Meek Mill's "Wanna Know" beat.
Tay Roc – "Summer Madness Back" (John John Da Don Response)
Baltimore rapper Tay Roc fired back on a scathing diss track that responded to John John but also took shots at Conceited, Arsonal, and Calicoe.
John John Da Don – Return Fire (Tay Roc Diss/Response)
A grimy Troy Martin instrumental provides the background for John John’s response to Tay Roc. While the back-and-forth has been entertaining, we’re all still waiting to see who'll they'll be facing at "Summer Madness 5" on Sept. 26.
Sonny Bamboo – "Dizasteurgh" (Dizaster Diss)
Over a track originally released by Nino Bless, Atlanta rapper and Don’t Flop rep Sonny Bamboo released a sharply worded song aimed at Dizaster. In case you weren’t following our "World Domination 5" coverage, Dizaster dressed up as Eurgh to replace the absent DF host and had some not-so-flattering words for both Eurgh and the Leprechaun Don. Here's Sonny’s response.
Big J — "Sonny Bamboo Is Gay"
Then U.K. emcee Big J got in on the beef, the absurdity of which is summed up in this tweet:
a Brit dissed an Atlien for dissing a Californian who dissed a Brit on behalf of Canadians.— Yaki 3.0 (@VapeHop) August 28, 2015
Your move @France
Hollow Da Don – "Dissin’ Everybody" (Industry Diss)
When Hollow Da Don says he’s “Dissin’ Everybody” in his latest track, he's not exaggerating. The Florida-based rapper takes aim at the industry on his latest cut, throwing jabs at everyone from Young Thug to Meek Mill, appealing for everyone to “get back to rapping.”
Serius Jones vs. Murda Mook – "Angels & Demons"
The latest installment of his “Free Bar Fridays” short films finds Serius “battling” with Murda Mook. While the two legends trade lines back and forth, the film (directed by Jones and Nimi Hendrix) follows the men through a gunfight where they start as rivals and end as teammates.
Math Hoffa - "Charged Up" (Tsu Surf Diss)
Earlier in the month, Tsu Surf visited Hot97 and had some choice words for Brooklyn rapper Math Hoffa. Using Drake's "Charged Up" beat, Hoffa responded to what he felt was Surf downplaying him on one of the most popular hip hop radio stations in the world.
Math wasn’t the only one to take aim at Surf this month. Check out Philly rapper Reignman’s “Death Becomes You” too:
Shotty Horroh – "Back to Back" (Illmaculate Diss)
Last month, we featured a Shotty Horroh diss track from Portland emcee (and recently crowned King Of The Dot champion) Illmaculate. The popular U.K. rapper responds here and drops a few hidden gems in his unique flow.
Shotty also released his KOTD Records debut featuring $ha. Catch the visuals for that one here:
Daylyt — "Hit That Norbs"
Fredo Algebra – "Wild Fire"
Fresh coast veteran Fredo released this smoked out video to a DJ Spnz instrumental. Follow Fredo and his boys as they smoke as much weed as possible, and drive around the picturesque California landscape causing trouble.
Other Noteworthy Releases
Bigg K feat. IceBurg & Hanz – "Sorry"
Goodz — "Back2Back Freestyle"
A Class — Don't Flop WebHam
Cortez — "For The Fame"
Shotgun Suge — "Middle East"
Chedda Cheese — "Nobody Can Nag Me Now"
Did we miss any good ones? Post them in the links below.