Recap: King of the Dot makes history with Blackout 4 [Article]
Toronto, ON – On January 24 and 25, King of the Dot set out to make history with Blackout 4. It was the first time a full card was announced with only 3 battles confirmed. Two title matches, two main events, and, for the first time ever, a female vs. male battle.
These were just a couple of the things that led King of the Dot’s president Organik to confidently state that history would be made. The first main event battle was the highly anticipated title match between Dizaster and Pat Stay [watch it here], the second main event battle was that of Bender vs. Big T (Big T was unable to make it across the border), while the second title match stemmed from the Ground Zero Grand Prix tournament and that saw Step Easy go at DDSS.
They kicked off the weekend at the Aria Night club on the Thursday with a press conference and something new called Quiet Room Battles. In the Blackout 4 Quiet Room Battles, we saw Lotta Zay vs. Yung Casper and Be Realiztic vs. Merrick City. For those who are new to Quiet Room Battles format, it is not a battle league but a battle setting. The first two rounds take place in a room with no audience and for the third round, everyone is brought in but only if the two battlers agree to it. It might sound a bit confusing but it worked.
By Friday, rumours began circulating that the legendary Method Man would be co-hosting the title match. However, Meth had been booked with Redman last minute for an appearance at a Dr. Dre party and could not make the Toronto based event. But Canadian progressive-house music producer and performer Deadmau5 was in the building (minus his trademark mau5head), as well as Raekwon’s artist JD Era, Toronto producer Rich Kidd, and many other notable mentions.
At the Opera House on Friday night, the opening battle featured Step Easy vs. DDSS in the first ever Ground Zero title match, followed by 100 Bulletz vs. J-Pro, Bonnie Godiva vs. Uno Lavoz, Arcane vs. DNA, Charron vs. TheSaurus, Arsonal vs. Swave Sevah, and a performance by Toronto supergroup, The Freedom Writers.
Unfortunately there were a couple battle cancellations but King of the Dot being the seasoned professionals they are, made the best of a bad situation. Big T, AyeVerb, JC, Ill Will, Remy D, and Rich Dolarz were the 6 battlers that could not make the trip to Toronto and that led Real Deal, Rone, Osa, Bender, Shotty Horroh and Loe Pesci`s battles to be postponed.
Despite some unforeseen obstacles, Blackout 4 was a success and made rap battle history on many levels. The first was the fact that there were 2 main events, 2 title matches, and 1 Ground Zero title match announced, all on the same card. The second was the first ever King of the Dot female vs. male battle (Bonnie Godiva vs. Uno Lavoz), along with the the fact that URL (Ultimate Rap League) president Smack was in the building and was brought out on stage by Organik to co-host the Charlie Clips vs. Conceited battle.
It’s understandable that as trendsetters in the culture King of the Dot at times have been compared to the UFC and WWE in their format and way they do business. The only differences are that one is based in the realm of physical contact and the other on lyrical contact.
To break it down, they both have fighters that go to war in the ring and those fighters have personas, ‘trademarked’ moves, slogans and fan bases that viewers on both ends can identify with. Some of those personas are more believable than others, some slogans are better than others and some MCs don’t believe in slogans at all – but those are some of things that make the clash of these titans what they are.
Keep in mind, not everything said in a battle should be taken seriously and at the end of the day it’s all about good entertainment, winning and giving the fans what they want. When a good battle happens, the true winners are the fans who have dedicated themselves to supporting the league and it’s growth. The pay-per-view option is something new to battle rap and something the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) is big on as well. It is definitely the wave of the future because it gives fans that are unable to attend events a chance to experience the battles in real time as well as the opportunity to watch it all over again.
As HipHopCanada’s Battle Editor, on hand to cover King of the Dot’s Blackout 4, I wanted to keep things light by not doing long interviews with the MCs, but instead having a series of conversations with them to get a sense of who they are away from the lights, cameras, and action. In this interview with 100 Bulletz, the MC drops his views on the battle scene and also the details behind his long-awaited album debut. Punchlines and metaphors aside, each of the MCs taking part in the event has a story to tell.
Blackout 4 was the first of its kind and the first event for King of the Dot in 2014. After speaking with key members of the KOTD team I can say with full confidence that they are just getting started. They will continue to grow and do great things for the Canadian and International battle scene.
One thing fans and followers can look forward to in the future is another King of the Dot Canada-wide Squad tour, a potential KOTD record label, bigger celebrity sponsors and many more game changing events from their Calgary, Vancouver and LA divisions.
Check out the official Blackout 4 video release schedule below along with more photos from the event.
Blackout 4 Photos
Written by 9_4 The ComicBook Rapper for HipHopCanada
Photography courtesy of D.Gibson Photography and Macphoto
Tags: 100 Bulletz, Aye Verb, Be Realiztic, Bender, Big T, Bishop Brigante, Bonnie Godiva, Charlie Clips, Charron, Conceited, DDSS, Deadmau5, Dizaster, DNA, Dr. Dre, Freedom Writers, Fresco, Gully Tha Kid, Gully TK, Ill Will, JC, King Of The Dot, Loe Pesci, Lotta Zay, Merrick City, Method Man, Organik, Osa, Pat Stay, Real Deal, Remy D, Rich Dolarz, Rone, Rum Nitty, Shotty Horroh, Step Easy, TheSaurus, Tycoon Tax, Yung Casper, Yung Ill