When we spoke to Lexx Luthor about buying the defunct iBattle league, he told us that the roster would mostly feature a mix of Beastmode NY emcees, as well as some of the iBattle vets who were left without a home league once iBattle shut down. Their first event under new ownership makes good on that promise with a number of emcees who have built their name on each platform.
The flyer, featuring all the battles on both days is below:
The main event of Day 1 encapsulates the merging of iBattle and Beastmode NY, as one of the faces of the original iteration of iBattle, Bangz, faces off with Flo Leeds who recently has been putting in a fair amount of work on the Beastmode platform. In his return to the stage that built his name, look for Bangz to put on a strong showing here. Leeds has been both solid and consistent in his recent battles, so one should expect more of the same here.
The semi main event of Day 1 E City faces off with perhaps the biggest test of his battle career, as he faces off with J Murda, a talented emcee who has built his name largely (but not exclusively) on RBE. E City's most recent battles on BMNY have demonstrated that he's a considerable talent, and it may only take one strong performance to really blow his name up in the battle scene. J Murda is a rapper whose stock has risen considerably in the culture. Within the last year or so he took a judged win over the always good JC and as well faced off with Daylyt on RBE. Assuming the atmosphere is similar to the past few Beastmode NY events, J Murda's incredibly aggressive style could do very well in that room.
The rest of Day 1 features a range of battlers who may not exactly be household names, but have put in work and have either a solid under-the-radar following, or have shown the potential to break out. As is always the case when he is on a card, Eddy I is someone to watch, as the buzz surrounding him seemed to grow over the past few months, and any battle could be the one where he fully breaks out.
Day 2 features primarily lesser known battlers, but on this there are certainly names to watch as well. Notably, Red Flag (BattleRap.com editorialist Jackson Yates) just put on one of the better battle rap debuts one will see, and if his second battle is anything like that, this could be the last time he's ever on a secondary day of an event.
Ruin Your Day's Laugh n Stalk did a full prediction blog breaking down every battle on the card (even when he knew nothing about the battlers involved) you can watch that below:
Predictions? Let us know in the comments.