Ultimate MC Proves More Documentary Than Reality Show [Blog/Video]
Toronto, ON – The Ultimate MC debuted on Aux TV last night to much commentary among the hip-hop community. Championed by Canadian battle legend Bishop Brigante and orchestrated by Stylus Group, many of us looked forward to seeing this rap battle competition begin. The tournament spanned four cities (Toronto, Montreal, Calgary & Vancouver) and has been touted as a throwback to “off the head” battling. But then something interesting happened…
At 10 p.m. last night, The Ultimate MC premiered proving itself as much more than a cross country battle tournament, but instead a platform for an in depth discussion about the art form and culture. More documentary than reality show, an incredible range of hip-hop artists discussed the definition of “freestyling.” The commentary continued with words from Maestro, Onyx, Red1, Mickey Factz, Kwajo Cinqo, DJ Evil Dee, D.O., Cadence Weapon, Shad, Kid Kut and countless others making for a dynamic cultural conversation rarely seen before from a Canadian production.
An interesting narrative developed as the show progressed, which pitted the popular written format employed by King Of The Dot and Grindtime against the more traditional and spontaneous “off the head” format which defines The Ultimate MC competition. Without dissing the written format, the commentary discussed the pros and cons of both types of battling. The acknowledgment and depth of that very conversation spoke volumes about the authenticity of this show going forward. It’s a discussion that goes on constantly among fans and battlers alike and the Ultimate MC gave fans a chance to hear a variety of opinions from respected rappers and DJs on a very relevant and timeless debate.
This blog obviously isn’t about the specifics of the competition. If you want to know who won, you should be watching the show anyway. What I’m here to talk about, and ultimately applaud, is the depth and authenticity of the cultural commentary within Ultimate MC. You may agree or disagree with the decisions, but I walked away from at least this first episode feeling very engaged in a discussion about this art form, its origins and its place in hip-hop today.
The second episode of Ultimate MC airs next Thursday, June 9th at 10pm on Aux TV.
Written by Jonathon “Bizz” Brown – Regional Editor for Central Canada
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