URL’s May 9 event will be remembered for some monstrous performances, a small-room classic, more fuel for the Drake vs. Murda Mook fire and a devious copyright scheme.
URL did it again this weekend, with its sold-out NOME 5 event in Manhattan’s Irving Plaza generating a ton of buzz and very little controversy. So far, the post-event focus has been squarely on the performances, the outcomes of the battles and the hype that comes with an appearance from Drake.
Let’s get right into it. Here are our picks for the standout moments from the weekend.
You could argue that O’fficial had performance of the night, and it’s safe to say that there’s been a significant shift in the best-female-battler talks in the past 24 hours. Although her third was a bit dry, she tore the roof off in the first and much of the second, landing punch after punch after punch.
Her rounds took longer to finish than Jaz’s, simply because the crowd was bugging out after every other bar. It was hard not to with her dropping stuff like: “Pop a GUN? You too scared to pop your cherry!” and “The only way I’d lose is if we went head to head.” Jaz probably stole the third (a “da feet” bar, O’fficial? Really?) but this was a pretty decisive 2-1 for O’fficial, making it the first clear loss for Jaz.
Hollow Becoming Charlie Clips
First, let’s get this out of the way: it’s looking like Hollow 2-1. Clips had a great third round, but the consensus seems to be that it came one round too late, though there are still outliers siding with him.
Hollow’s first and second rounds were hilarious, and the fact that he took a much more direct and creative approach is not up for debate.
In a bizarrely clever business move, he explained to Clips that he had trademarked his de facto “sike, I lied” slogan, meaning he literally owned the phrase and that Clips would have to pay him to use it. He then showed Clips one of the t-shirts with the catchphrase on it that he’d printed and sold tons of outside the venue before the event.
Hollow also made a disclaimer that his grandmother had been “bitten” by a bee, excusing any poor performance, which was a clear jab at what he sees as Clips’ constant practice of making excuses. He then went into a brilliant routine where he mimicked Clips’ standard four-bar setup structure, getting the crowd to finish the lines and marvel at how easy it is to do. The highlight of that segment was: “You a candy rapper with four bars like a — (crowd:) KIT KAT! (Hollow:) See how easy it is to predict that?”
Charlie Clips Vs. Cortez
Clips decided to direct much of his second round toward Cortez, downplaying his stature and generally roasting him. There were murmurs in the crowd wondering why he was battling Hollow’s cornermen and not Hollow himself, but many still relished the unprompted torture.
Drake Taking The Stage
“You gotta beat Surf before you see me.” That’s what Drake had to say about the prospect of battling Mook. He took the stage to say a few words shortly after Clips and Hollow’s battle and proved once again that he supports the culture. The crowd loved his suggestion, so it’s not impossible that we’ll see that match-up at some point.
His time on stage was brief (including some boo’s from the crowd at the mere mention of King Of The Dot) but it was good to hear that he might, possibly, maybe, potentially be down to battle someday. Even if it never happens, it still makes mainstream hip-hop news every time he hints at it, which is still doing the scene a service.
DNA & Serius Jones Surpassing Expectations
In a way, this was a battle nobody asked for. Aside from the fact that DNA was deprived of a good shot at the legend class due to his “nutty” E. Ness battle and had been calling Serius out sporadically over the past few months, the match-up made little sense. Still, neither he nor Serius came to lose, and this clash had a surprising amount of power.
DNA came out firing with one of his best rounds in recent memory, and there was little Serius could do to match it. DNA had a fire second round as well, but Serius really started to cook in response, feeding off the energy of the increasingly excited crowd. The third was close, but most people gave the battle to DNA 2-1. Many of the highlights of this battle were freestyles, including DNA’s “You fucking up a bad rhyme, talking while I’m rapping … You remember what happened last time!”
Tsu Surf Vs. Tay Roc Actually Finishing
With URL’s history of events getting shut down prematurely, there was a sense of collective dread in the room when a voice came over the PA after the first round of the battle saying: “10 minutes.” Smack tried to rush things along, and the urgency seemed to affect both emcees, who barreled through their content. By no means was this a bad battle, but we don’t recall there being any defining “moments” in it, so we’ll save our thoughts on it for a full review once the official footage drops.
Shotgun Suge Vs. Hitman Holla At SM5?
To be clear: this battle was not officially confirmed by Smack. However, both emcees made it obvious that they were about it, and they got in each other’s faces on stage to further the hype. Hitman specifically asked the crowd if they wanted to see it go down at “Summer Madness 5,” and the response was overwhelmingly affirmative. Interestingly, the audience seemed much more excited at that moment than later when Clips, after asserting that he had just beaten Hollow, tossed out the idea of battling Lux or Mook.
For more highlights of the event vist the BattleRap.com link below.