Arcane talks World Domination 4, Pat Stay & the KOTD chain [Interview]
Hamilton, ON – The saying “there’s a thin line between love and hate” can be related to many things, but in this case it’s related to a culture and one man who, this weekend at King of the Dot’s World Domination 4 can blur that line on his way to making history. This culture I speak of is, battle rap, the man is Arcane and the history that can potentially be made, is him defending the title against Pat Stay.
He is the two time King of the Dot champion and a seasoned vet when it comes to the culture. He has proven time and time again that he is built for battle rap and here’s why. In 2010 Arcane faced off against The Saurus and won after fighting his way through the Grand Prix. Then, earlier this year after beating Chedda Cheese in the 2012 Grand Prix he faced Dizaster and won in a very heated and controversial battle at Blackout 3.
Arcane or 2 Chainz as he likes to be called, is one of the few battlers who aside from battle rap have a catalogue of dope music. Some people get it twisted and think that because they are dope rappers they will also be dope battlers, but that’s not always the case, and vice-versa. It takes a tremendous amount of talent to be able to forget about the beat and write, then jump into the studio and successfully ride the beat. Arcane is a master at that.
The man whose slogan is “Let me show you how it’s supposed to be done” has battled The Saurus, Dizaster, 100 Bulletz, PH, Bender, Loe Pesci, Luciano Crakk, Skelly, Step Easy, Chedda Cheese, Daley, Sensa (in the UK), PoRich, Kaliente, Knamelis, Scandalis (Empire), and this Saturday in Toronto at World Domination 4, Pat Stay to defend the title.
Will Arcane be the first to wear the chain three times or will Organik be placing the chain on another neck? Only time will tell.
HipHopCanada had the chance to chop it up with Arcane (aka 2 Chainz) to talk about World Domination 4, his battle with Pat Stay and being two time champ. Check it out after the jump.
Written by 9_4 The ComicBook Rapper (@9thilly) for HipHopCanada
HipHopCanada: How do you think you have evolved since your King of the Dot debut?
Arcane: I think I have evolved immensely, along with the entire battle scene as a whole. Coming from the freestyle era when battling was a lot more simple and basic, (set-up, punchline) I brought that same style with me to my KOTD debut. I feel like my transition into the written/accapella format could’ve been smoother, but after getting my feet wet, I realized that I wasn’t properly showcasing my full range of skills as an emcee; multi-schemes, wordplay, extended metaphors, different cadences, etc. Now when I write for battles I aim to showcase all those skills while deconstructing my opponent at the same time.
HipHopCanada: How did you earn the name ‘legend killer’?
Arcane: Well, I guess you could say I’ve beaten some legends in the game. Rappers like The Saurus, Dizaster, and even Scandalis, to name a few. They are all legends in their own right. I’ve pulled quite a few upsets in my career and taken the ‘W’ over some of the the more popular rappers in the scene.
HipHopCanada: How did you end up facing The Saurus to win the title the first time?
Arcane: I was invited to enter King of the Dot’s first Grand Prix tournament for $2500 and a KOTD title shot. I had one of the toughest brackets and had to face some of the most popular rappers in the league at the time. After beating Kaliente, Knamelis, Charron and Loe Pesci, I got my title shot against Thesaurus and beat him for the title to become King of the Dot champ in 2010.
HipHopCanada: How did you end up facing Dizaster to win the title the second time?
Arcane: It’s a similar story. I decided to enter another King of the Dot Grand Prix tournament, and this time for $5000 and a title shot. There was a much larger field of emcees in the 2012 GP, a lot of them hungry up-and-comers, trying to make their mark against more established emcees, like myself. I don’t think I lost a single round of any battle in that whole tournament, it was a clean sweep. After beating Luciano Crakk, Step Easy, 100 Bulletz and Chedda Cheese, I earned my title shot against Dizaster and took him out to become the first ever two-time KOTD Champion.
HipHopCanada: Do you feel any pressure to defend the title knowing that it’s only been done twice before?
Arcane: Well, I’d say I feel more of a sense of responsibility when it comes to defending the chain. Not just because it has only been done twice before, but because I truly feel that I am the rightful champ. The chain came back to me for a reason and, once again, I have to prove why. Having been in 3 previous title matches now, I know what the pressure is like and I feel like I’m more well equipped to deal with that pressure now more than ever.
HipHopCanada: Do you think Pat Stay is the most deserving of a title shot?
Arcane: In my opinion, previous title contenders have had to chalk up multiple judged wins to earn the spot. I don’t think the league saw any clear contender at this point for those reasons, but Pat Stay has been regarded as one of the best in Canada and I think putting him in a title match makes more sense than some of the other options.
HipHopCanada: Besides DNA, Charron, and Caustic who would you most want to battle in or outside of KOTD?
Arcane: To be honest, I have never chosen my opponents so I don’t really have a wish-list of emcees I want to battle. I only wanted to battle Caustic to clear the air after all the rumors. Charron, I’ve already beat and it would be a step backwards. DNA, I just think that would be a good match. I think me vs Cortez or Conceited would also be good match-ups stylistically.
HipHopCanada: When can we expect more music from Arcane?
Arcane: I’m working on releasing a new EP or LP by the end of the year. No set release date at the moment.
HipHopCanada: Talk about your “2 Time King” clothing line and where fans can pick up some gear?
Arcane: My clothing sponsor/affiliate is called OddLabel Clothing and it’s based out of Steel City. The “2 time King” and “Eye M Arcane” designs are available on shirts, hoodies, and snap-backs in different color schemes. All the clothing is available at theoddlabel.com and my album can be found at arcane905.bandcamp.com.
Arcane vs Pat Stay goes down at World Domination 4 in Toronto this weekend on August 23rd and 24th.
Interview conducted by 9_4 The ComicBook Rapper (@9thilly) for HipHopCanada
Twitter: @905Arcane | @KingOfTheDot
Tags: 100 Bulletz, Arcane, Bender, Caustic, Charron, Chedda Cheese, Daley, Dizaster, DNA, Kaliente, King Of The Dot, Knamelis, KOTD, Loe Pesci, Luciano Crakk, OddLabel Clothing, Organik, Pat Stay, PH, poRICH, Scandalis, Sensa (in the UK), Skelly, Step Easy, The Saurus