The fire of the “Civil War” URL returns to the big stage
This weekend, Ultimate Rap League hosted its first Big Stage event since the pandemic began.
The event, titled “Civil War”, spanned two days with faceoffs on Friday and two battles immediately after. The other seven battles took place the following day.
It all happened in Raleigh, North Carolina, in front of a crowd of around 700 people who would have rivaled audiences in Houston, widely accepted as one of the best cities to host rap battles. The crowd was central to the atmosphere and the battles did not disappoint with many of the “big crowd moments” you only get in battles like these!
A native of North Carolina, T-Top had one of the biggest moments of the night in his battle against Mike P. of Long Island, NY. a few bars to Mike P on his second round.
Nu Jerzey Twork made his comeback after losing in the first round of the Ultimate Madness 3 tournament to Casey Jay following a stifling performance. All doubts about whether the fight rap superstar ever was have been firmly put to rest! And that’s just as well because Smack was supposed to be a well-known Twork fan, Drake, so he could watch the battle live!
In his battle against Christian fight rapper Loso, NJ Twork rocked the stage with two of his legendary “I’m Tied Up” moments and had some room-shaking hay. Loso was no slouch either and put up a consistent three-round display of punches and angling.
The two-on-two battle between Danny Myers and Tink Da Demon against Ace Amin and Swamp also brought down the house. Previously, the conversation was, “would there be chemistry?” as the two teams initially seemed unlikely pairings. Once again, the doubters were silenced as Tink and Danny put on a gripping performance back and forth delivering big punches at every turn, with Tink having some of the most standout bars of the entire event.
Ace Amin and Swamp had their own moments, including one that could have stopped the whole event, literally! Ace is known for his aggressive shoulder to shoulder opponents in the middle of battle and gave the North Carolina crowd what they wanted.
However, he went one step further this time in a move no one saw coming and knocked down URL league owner Smack himself!
The battle of the night is widely considered the heavyweight clash between Norfolk, Virginia’s Ave and the Real Sikh of New Jersey. Both punchers delivered six straight rounds of room shakers in a questionable battle that was everything we hoped it could be.
On Friday night, Coffee Brown and Lady Caution faced off in a drug battle that involved the two women’s respective partners in a small situation after Caution’s man, battle rapper TayRoc got a little too excited with his hype! In the only all-female battle on the card, Caution showed why she belonged on the main stage, leveling up against a Coffee Brown who, as usual, didn’t come to play!
Also on Friday, Salt Lake City’s Emerson Kennedy took on first lady Flamez of Richmond, Va., in a close battle. Some fans unfairly took points away from Flamez’s otherwise flawless performance because of a small first-round vomiting situation!
Jey the Nite Wing and Kid Chaos opened the event on Saturday in another close back-and-forth that set the tone for the evening.
Ryda vs. Don Marino came next with Don putting on one of the best performances of his career. The general consensus was that the two were clearly taking one turn each, with the third being questionable.
Lu Castro against Jakkboy Maine was a good battle however, he couldn’t reach his full potential due to health reasons. Jakkboy Mane lives with the autoimmune disease Lupus and put in incredible effort, going through immense pain during the battle, but understandably couldn’t give one hundred percent.
Smack announced overnight that all of Saturday’s battles would be posted on the TV URL app this Saturday September 4th.
Battle Rap Twitter was lit up after the event with attendees praising the league, the event, the battles, and the fighters themselves.
Every battle of the night was fire with Smack agreeing the battles were, “seven for seven” in an interview with Unkle Ra on “15 Minutes of Fame”
Explaining what’s next for the world leader in emcee fighting culture, Smack says, “First night back outside!” I work, I’m focused, I have tunnel vision. I then had 9/11 – Queen of the Ring,” referring to the upcoming “No Holds Barred” URL/QOTR event. He goes on to say “I had Summer Madness after that, then I had ‘Death Do Us Part’.
Summer Madness 11 takes place at the Bayou Music Center, Houston, Texas on September 25. young vet Chess vs. native Philly Eazy The Block Captain. Chess recently put on a crazy three-round performance against Loso and Eazy has made himself a fan favorite. He’s racked up wins since his Caffeine TV debut in the inaugural Ultimate Madness tournament in June last year.
Interestingly, Smack also mentioned a previously unannounced “Death Do Us Part” event. Likewise, few details have been leaked about what month of events the URL has planned for October, except for one small hint. At the very end of Battle between Mook and Tay Rocthere’s an announcement that “October is the most important month in EM fighting culture” and that in October, “we’ll be having a massive event every weekend!”
Speculation began immediately after news broke of Drake’s involvement. October is the month the URL launched and, coincidentally, the month Drake was born and named his label “October’s Very Own”.
In an interview with Hip Hop Is Real following his “Civil War” battle, Twork added to the rumors that he wants a battle with Tay Roc next. When asked if the battle could take place on the “OVO map, Drake map,” in October, NJT replied, “If Drake wants to book it, Drake has my personal number.”
Drake’s affiliations with fight rap and URL, in particular, are well-established, he was instrumental in URL’s partnership with streaming platform Caffeine. The rapper’s last appearance at a URL event was at NOME in July. He even paid out the $150,000 cash prize for the winners of the UM3 tournament finals in the evening!
The countdown to SM11 has begun with the URL dropping of the official SM11 main battle puck drop, Mook vs. Reed Dollaz.
Ultimate Rap League: Summer Madness 11 takes place September 25 at 3 p.m. ET at the Bayou Music Center, Houston, TX. The event will be broadcast live and for free on Caffeine.