Ancient Rome had its gladiators, Thailand has its hard-as-nails kickboxers, and Las Vegas boasts heavyweight matches between the titans of the ‘sweet science’. But there are few contests more raw, more sweet in victory and more crushing in defeat, than the modern clash of lyrical samurai which we call battle rap.
Auckland’s 1Outs Street Battles has taken the concept away from big-label celebrities and back to the gritty roots of the genre, hitting the streets, parks, underpasses and clubs with a roll-call of talented MCs. Crowds have been thrilled to witness insane wordplay, devastating punchlines, kings crowned and dethroned, and, consequently, the foundation of underground NZ hip hop being strengthened as the warriors sharpen their mental blades for the fight.
Now it’s gotten personal. This time, the combatants aren’t just stepping through the ropes to deliver mad lyrical combos for the sake of personal fame. No… at the fiendishly patriotic forthcoming event ‘Chuck a Shrimp in the Hangi’ the pre-eminent battle rappers of New Zealand and Australia will go head to head, in a trans-tasman clash which promises to be nothing short of nuclear war.
If you are into real music, raw, grass-roots music – or even if you just love to watch sports like MMA where the winner takes all – then this modern day battle arena is unmissable stuff. Aussie have sent their best to challenge the Kiwi contingent – watch MYLES MURPHY take on DUNN D, SKOLAR defend our country’s honour as he battles MANAZ ILL, and reigning 1Outs shogun KAMASUDA clash with BARRY BONZA for the title of trans-tasman champ.
These top battles are supported by an undercard than other leagues would be proud to feature as the main event, with JIBURISH VS MSHN in a crucial match to decide who’s the next contender for the crown, MISK VS EKIZ, BOUND2SMOKE VS DA MAS GUS, GDOUT VS SUSPECT, RYVALIS VS SKIP, a savagely funny compliments match in the mix with TOKIE KONEZ VS DND, and DR APOCALYPSE facing DOTCOM. DJ MARVEL controls the decks, the crowd and the judges decide the victors, and if you claim to be a hardcore hip hop head, this is your natural habitat.
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