2014 was the BIGGEST year for the sub culture that is battle rap. Once only in the far reaches of the basketball court or local park or dank nightclub battle rap has come to the MainStage. Huge million dollar grossing pay per view events and die hard fans have propelled battle rap into the main conversation. 2014 BET Hip Hop Awards featured battle rappers in their cypher segment and Snoop Dogg revealed he has even started a battle rap league. Below are the 3 moments of last year that helped battle rap finally become part of the mainstream conversation.
Murda Mook Vs Loaded Lux
Murda Mook Vs Loaded Lux was a grudge match that has been brewing for a decade. Eminem finally got these 2 in the ring at his Total Slaughter PPV event. During the epic battle Murda Mook reminded the world why we call him murder. He was voted the winner by the judges at the event as well as by the entire battle rap community.
Cassidy Vs Dizaster
Cassidy Vs Dizaster wasn’t the best battle to watch of the year. There are a few more entertaining battles out there (Daylyt Vs Arsonal, Math Hoffa Vs Dizaster to name a few) but this battle was the biggest rap battle pay day to date, Cassidy made around a quarter million dollars for the battle. Dizaster is a battle rapper most known for officially ending Canibus’ career and Cassidy is an established star and the first notable rapper to battle on camera essentially birthing modern day battle rap. Mainstream rap fans and battle fans all rushed to LA and ordered the pay per view showing of this battle. After a few mishaps the battle happened in a small room setting and Cassidy reminded the world why you should NEVER wake a sleeping giant.
Hollow Da Don Vs Loaded Lux
Hollow Da Don Vs Loaded Lux was a special battle. It set off 2014 right. Hollow went on to battle Joe Budden (the biggest battle of both of their careers so far). Loaded Lux was already a huge name but he solidified why he is one of the deadliest battlers of all time. This battle at best is debatable which always makes a classic battle. If you haven’t followed battle rap since Murda Mook battled Serious Jones on Smack DVD years ago, starting with this battle will bring you up to speed on where battle rap has come. It was a lot of great battles last year but these 3 were the most impactful.
B.G. which traditionally means Baby Gangsta in black communities is the moniker donned by down south rap vet Christopher Dorsey. B.G. best friends with fallen soldier Soulja Slim and the first artist signed to Cash Money Records at 13 in the 90s made his name writing hood classics for years. B.G. even scored a gold plaque from his revered Chopper City In The Ghetto. B.G.’s album had the single Bling, Bling which changed popular culture forever. After years of being signed to Birdman at Cash Money Records B.G. finally left the label angry and accused Baby of stealing money from him and he went on to start his on imprint. After a few successful releases B.G. found himself in hot water and caught a gun charge landing him 14 years in federal prison. Regardless B.G. is responsible for the music scene shifting the way it has over the past decade and he is not only one of the rawest MCs he’s one of the smoothest and most lyrical MCs as well. His discography is bound to turn any situation into a gangsta party. Artists like Lil Wayne looked up to B.G. and modeled themselves musically after him. Here at Da Chicken Shack we must acknowledge B. Gizzle for the contributions he’s given hip hop. FREE BG! For any supporters who feel how we feel about B.G. we found his prison addy for you. In the words of the late great Pimp C “If your homie locked up you should send him some shit, cause it’s never too late to quit being a bitch.”
Christopher Dorsey #31969-034
FCI Beaumont Medium Federal Correctional-Institution
PO Box 26040
Too Short is an Oakland MC from the 80s who brought pimping into the rap game. Not only does he produce, write his own rhymes, but he has been doing it for almost 30 years straight! Arguably every MC has been influenced on some level or another by “Short Dawg”. With career ups and downs, a couple years ago he was caught by TMZ taking local Oakland officers on a foot pursuit, but he’s also a platinum seller. Even if you’ve never bought a Too Short album you’ve definitely heard his influence and his unique way of saying “beyotch!” on popular tv shows, movies, and in various songs. Most recently Too Short has been appearing in reality tv shows (Couple’s Therapy, LA Hair) which has given his long lasting career even more life. Take time to explore Too Short’s 16 + album catalogue and get ready to learn something about macking and pimping and Oakland. The video attached is especially unique because Short describes his lengthy career in 2 short 16s on a club beat like only Too Short can. Honorable mention for the Gettin It album, Too Short’s short lived retirement project, and the CLASSIC Freaky Tales. ENJOY! BEYOTCH!
Every so often an artist comes along and changes the course of things. Innovative original style. Edgy foresight. A stupid dope vision.
These are a few of the components that make up some of the best artist of the times. Imagine if Micheal Jackson had’ve fizzled out after his Motown deal in the 70s. Imagine if 50 Cent had died in that near fatal shooting that left him with an alleged 9 bullet holes. Imagine if Diddy had’ve graduated from Howard business school in the 90s and gone off to Wall Street instead of Beat Street. The songs and styles we all know them best for would have gone unheard.
Devin The Dude has never been the biggest artist in the game, he’s never had the “machine” behind him, he’s never even won an award for music as far as we know (Dr.Dre’s Chronic 2001 where Devin croons a hook doesn’t count). However he is one of the best to ever do it. Diamonds in the rough is what hip hop is ALL about. Even at hip hop’s inception the popular sound was lame and everyone wanted to know what the kids in the projects with no voice had to say. Before high powered hip hop labels existed propelling their artists to the forefront, the culture knew who was dope. “Hey man did you see Kool Herc in the park last week. Have you heard this kid from Bed Stuy freestyle? Man did you hear that song Freaky Tales?” etcetera etcetera. Finding great hip hop is like finding a great barber, a great lawyer, or a great mechanic the referral system works best. Devin The Dude has forged a 20 plus year career out of that exact system. He has recently released a new album and new singles to go along with it. But we wanted to take you all back to the beginning and the reason why this artist will always be heralded by greats like Dr.Dre.
His debut solo album cosigned by Scarface appropriately titled The Dude is a hip hop classic! Fuck the Grammys! Fuck the BET Awards! We dedicate our official SPOTLIGHT post to Devin The Dude and we thank Rap A Lot Records for continually promoting such classic hip hop. Your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper. Enjoy the full album stream of Devin’s debut album. If you are one of the hip hoppers constantly complaining about the state of hip hop take about an hour out of your life to make it a little bit better.
And if you need a reason other than the fact that we told you its dope to lend this legendary artist an ear maybe name dropping will help you see the light. Devin has been cosigned by Scarface, Outkast, Dr.Dre and Snoop Dogg, Currensy, WIz Khalifa, and countless others who have sold more records and have way more radio spins and get no benefit, other than people knowing they know what’s hot, by saluting Devin’s music.
Tracks like Do What The Fuck You Wanna Do, Write or Wrong, Sticky Green, and I Can’t Quit make this album arguably one of the best rap albums to be released. Enjoy!
Lil Boosie has been killing the underground scene for quite some time. This video was shot by our personal friends at StreetHeat before Lil Boosie went to prison. Welcome Home Lil Boosie
Lil Boosie served 5 years in prison for a handgun and marijuana possession charge. While incarcerated he was charged with murder for hire and he was also charged with intent to distribute drugs inside a correctional facility when a woman was caught delivering Boosie ecstasy and marijuana. Upon his release his new label home Atlantic Records put on a press conference hosted by New York CIty ‘s Power 105’s Angela Yee where Boosie discusses his daughter turning up online, his plans and features artist Bun B and Webbie of Trill Fam. Welcome Home Lil Boosie!