KOTD Champions Tour in Ottawa: Medusa and Prehistoric [Interview]
Ottawa, ON - The King Of The Dot Champions Tour – sponsored by HipHopCanada – made their Ottawa stop at Ritual Nightclub on July 28.
The cross-Canada tour, which began in Nanaimo on July 11, brought Organik, Gully TK, Charron, Cancer the Crab, Loe Pesci and current KOTD champion Arcane to the nation’s capital to host a night of rap battles, beat-box showdowns and special performances by an up-and-coming roster of battle rappers.
HipHopCanada sat down with Medusa and Prehistoric before and after the event to discuss the female rapper’s experience in the battle ring and the Ottawa emcee-turned-battle rapper’s upcoming journey to KOTD’s Ground Zero in Toronto.
As per usual, KOTD will release the official video of the tour in the near future for fans anticipating the results.
Check out the battle match ups, photos and exclusive interviews from the night after the jump.
Bugz Bryant and Louis Cypher went face-to-face in lyrical bouts with conflicting supporters at their sides. The Ritual Nightclub crowd grew at an overwhelming rate as the night went forward with Jack Mccrack and Unanimous in the battle ring, followed by a match-up between Venable and Wittyword. Up-and-coming female battle rapper Medusa made her debut performance against Black Jesus while Ottawa’s very own Prehistoric matched-up Gravity. Infratic and Jay Dubz kept the energy high with a beat-box battle before a collaborative OMH x Swisha Swish x EN-V I GZ rap battle performance. Ottawa’s Charron gave a finale performance well after midnight to close off the event.
Written by 9th Illy for HipHopCanada
HipHopCanada: How long have you been battling for? What initially made you want to step in to the ring?
Medusa: My Ottawa battle was my first time stepping in to the ring… I decided to start because I saw a gap; there a few females from QOTR buzzing, but no Canadian chicks and no one that has a style similar to mine.
HipHopCanada: Without spoiling the results for the fans awaiting the KOTD video to premiere, how do you think you performed in your first battle?
Medusa: Considering it was my first battle, it went exactly how I wanted it to. I just wish I had a microphone in all three rounds. It can be hard to project [vocals] in a big room.
HipHopCanada: Do you see yourself doing more battles with KOTD in the future? If so, how far do you want to take it?
Medusa: I didn’t start to stop. As long as KOTD wants me to battle and as long as they keep giving me opponents, I’m going to take ‘em. I want to take it as far as it goes [with battling and KOTD,] so you know one day I want a title shot. But that’s a long ways from now.
HipHopCanada: Any words for your original opponent who backed out at the last minute?
Medusa: Andrew ‘L. E. Dubs’ Lewis and I are actually good friends now. The email informing him of the battle went to his spam and by the time he checked it I already had another opponent, so he didn’t actually back out. No hard feelings. We still want to battle, so be on the lookout for that.
Written by 9th Illy for HipHopCanada
HipHopCanada: What made you decide to battle at the King of the Dot event?
Prehistoric: I had wanted to do another battle for over a year, so it was an easy decision when the battle with Gravity was offered. I really wanted to make a statement and show people that I am ready for a real challenge. I definitely wanted to send a message and use this battle to be in the mix with the Toronto crowd.
HipHopCanada: Without spoiling the results for fans awaiting the KOTD video to premiere, how do you think your battle went – did it go how you planned it?
Prehistoric: I think the battle went really well and I showed off a variety of my skills. The crowd was pretty intense so we ended up having to battle with microphones. That was not planned or expected. I think this may have worked in my favour as I have had plenty experience on the microphone over the years. I also got the chance to rebuttal [Gravity’s lines] a few times. I never got to do rebuttals during my first battle against Switch. I also got to put a bit of my freestyle game on show with some well structured verses mixing comedy, punch lines, crowd control and aggression. All in all, I think the performance will speak for itself and I really can’t wait to get down to Toronto and make some noise. I have big plans and am hoping that a KOTD run will be in my future. First things first, I got to take off some heads in Ground Zero.
HipHopCanada: Battling wise, what’s next for you?
Prehistoric: I spoke with Gully and Organik at Ritual Nightclub after the battle and it sounds like a Ground Zero in Toronto is in the near future. I really hope it happens soon and I will be ready for anyone they throw at me. Right now it’s just the waiting game to see what opportunity is presented to me.
HipHopCanada: As a battler and musician as well, do you think it’s better to prioritize both or just stick to one craft?
Prehistoric: I think its great to be able to do both. They are two very different talents and they each have their own rewards. I have to admit there is nothing like a crowd’s reaction during a battle, especially when they are really feeling you; it’s probably the biggest rush I have ever felt and I think I may be addicted now. I have been battling for years in the freestyle world, but to do it on the KOTD stage is ten times more gratifying. I will always be recording songs and enjoy making music, but deep down I believe I was made for battling.
HipHopCanada: Are you working on any new projects – an album or mixtape?
Prehistoric: I am currently working on my album entitled Walking Backwards on an Escalator. It will drop sometime later in 2013. I feel as if preparing for my last battle actually helped me develop so much as a writer. I see it as a consistent benefit for my future. I am constantly trying to improve in all aspects of the game and this upcoming record will definitely be a compilation of the best songs I’ve ever made. I am very excited for my album to drop and for my battle to be released later this fall.
Introduction written by Zack Noureddine (@zacknoureddine) for HipHopCanada
Tags: Andrew Lewis, Arcane, Black Jesus, Bugz Bryant, Cancer the Crab, Charron, EN-V, Gravity, Gully TK, Infratic, Jack Mccrack, Jay Dubz, King Of The Dot, Loe Pesci, Louis Cypher, Medusa, OMH, Organik, Prehistoric, Swisha Swish, Unanimous, Venable, Wittyword