B.A.R.S. Battle League/Flamez vs A-Class (Rap Battle) / P.Stacks vs Tom Delay (Beat Battle)
"We used to battle on the roof -- the loser had to jump!"
Back when the beloved Loaded Lux came up, you didn't even need a stage. No roving HD cameras, ring girls, celebrity cameos, nada, just two dudes (and prolly like a reckless amount of his boys) sparring with words. It's in that spirit that we bring you something special, and take the format out of the venues and back to the block where it all started.
Now for legal reasons, we obviously couldn't incriminate ourselves so no one's taking any Spider-Man leaps off of any buildings, b. But, we do got two of the east's sharpest spitters -- Baltimore's A-Class and NY's own Flamez -- in a raw exhibition for your viewing pleasure.
Check out A-Class vs Flamez above and be sure to subscribe to BARS Battle League for more fire matches.
P.STACKS VS REAL TALK / 1st EVER PRODUCER/MC BATTLE
Now you are about to witness some rare shit.
Producer-slash-emcees have become more and more common as technology has made it easier and easier to make beats, but there's still something extremely personal about someone going beyond rapping over someone else's music and taking their own painstakingly-crafted compositions to be judged on the same stage as their raps. In a word, it's intense. Intensity is perfect for Team Homi's P.Stacks, though, whose infamously aggressive embodies New York toughness, from his granite-etched mean-mug to the boom of his voice. For the "Instrumentals of War" event, he took on upstate NY's Real Talk in a rare producer/MC battle where both rappers each brought three instrumentals to spit on respectively. The battle was definitely a highlight of the evening and one of the best matches we've ever put on.
Be sure to subscribe to B.A.R.S. Battle League for more dope matches.
Money Bagz vs Prof-ac presented by B.A.R.S. (B.eats A.nd R.hymes S.essions)
IT'S A SLOBBERKNOCKER!
Money Bagz' 1st round Jim Ross reference was more on-point then he could've known, considering how back and forth his main event battle against Prof-AC is. The match was a symbolic one, with the golden child of NY's "The Draft League" (Prof-AC) going head-to-head with the posterboy of Grindtime East Coast (Money Bagz) in a three-round promo clash between the major and minor leagues' two rising stars.
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Poison Pen vs Drect presented by B.A.R.S. (B.eats A.nd R.hymes S.essions)
You ever wonder what bosses do when the cameras aren't around?
Save for the opulent, endangered animal-lined rooms and occult stag parties, not much anything different than you or me. You get a group of dudes together in a small space, and human nature to talk shit and cut up instinctively kicks in. Thing is, these functions are exclusive for a reason - it's hard to loosen up with outside eyes around. That's what makes Drect vs Poison Pen, from B.A.R.S. Battle League's inaugural "Body the Beat" event, so special; for the first, and probably only, time ever, two of battle rap's most important figures stepped out onto the EOW stage to clash swords an impromptu one-round exhibition. Shiiiiiit, and what better way to set off the dynasty?
Check out the battle above, and be sure to subscribe to B.A.R.S. Battle League for more exclusive beat battles.
FLAMEZ VS RENAGADE hosted by Lavish and Bill Collector
Fire. Like literal fire.
Or maybe figurative fire, considering Flamez' rap name and Renegade's unchallenged status as hip-hop's gulliest ginger. Either way, the main event battle from "Instrumentals of War" was a heater between two tri-state vets. Representing Queens and New Jersey respectively, it was a Holland Tunnel ham-off that was almost too close to call.