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Win pay-per-view access to #OVOKOTD Blackout 5 [Contest]

Toronto, ON – This weekend marks the biggest battle event of 2015. Our fam over at KOTD have teamed up with Drake and OVO to bring us Blackout 5.

Here’s how it’s all going down: the weekend’s main events are the Hitman Holla vs. Shotty Horroh battle on Saturday, as well as the Pat Stay vs. Charron KOTD Title Match battle on Sunday. The rest of the competitors have been revealed, but the match-ups have not yet been announced. So you won’t know who’s up against whom until the MCs take the stage at the event.

The event takes place on Feb. 7 and Feb. 8 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre (190 Princes’ Boulevard) with doors opening at 3:30 p.m. Tickets and pay-per-view access are available for purchase online. Members of the media are also invited to attend a press conference on Friday, Feb. 6 at the Eaton Chelsea (33 Gerrard Street West) with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

And since we like to deliver the goods, HipHopCanada is giving away free PPV (pay-per-view) access to one lucky winner. Access includes Friday’s press conference (at 7 p.m. EST), as well as both days of battles (beginning at 4 p.m. EST). This contest is open internationally so anyone anywhere in the world can win. Peep contest entry details after the jump.

Win pay-per-view access to #OVOKOTD Blackout 5 [Contest] -

Win pay-per-view access to #OVOKOTD Blackout 5 [Contest] -

Win pay-per-view access to #OVOKOTD Blackout 5 [Contest] -

Contest Entry Details

1. Follow @HipHopCanada and @KingOfTheDot on Twitter
2. Tweet at us to let us know which match-up you’d like to see happen at the event
3. Include the hashtags #BO5 and #OVOKOTD

We’ll announce the winner first thing on Friday morning. So you’ll want to enter in on this ASAP!

Main Events

Saturday, Feb. 7: Hitman Holla vs. Shotty Horroh
Sunday, Feb. 8: Pat Stay vs. Charron (KOTD Title Match)


Bishop Brigante
Kid Twist
Serius Jones
100 Bulletz
Tycoon Tax
Marv Won
Big T
Head ICE
Rich Dolarz
Chilla Jones

About: OVOKOTD Blackout 5

North America’s premier battle rap league is teaming up with local hip-hop mega-star Drake, to bring their common hometown of Toronto two nights of the biggest Rap Battles the world has ever seen.

Blackout’s concept is simple but innovative: the names of the competitors are revealed, but the match-ups are not. The crowd won’t know who’s facing off until the two emcees are announced and take the stage at the event. The card features some of the biggest names in the scene, including Conceited (from MTV’s “Wild ’N Out”), Dumbfoundead (making his return to battle rap after a five-year retirement), Madchild (of Canadian rap group Swollen Members), Toronto battle legend Bishop Brigante will make his debut in our written format after dominating in the freestyle era, Serius Jones, Big T, Arsonal, Marv Won, Daylyt, DNA & dozens more vetted MC’s will participate over the weekend.

Two main events have been announced — the title match between Nova Scotia titan/KOTD champ Pat Stay and freestyle phenom Charron. The 23-year-old challenger has been chasing the champion for years and finally has his chance to prove that he’s Canada’s best battle emcee. Also one of the most recognizable names in battle rap, Hitman Holla, will go toe-to-toe with the lyrical beast out of Manchester, Shotty Horroh.

Battle rap has had several elite industry rappers co-sign the culture recently, from Eminem’s “Total Slaughter” event to Snoop Dogg’s “Gladiator School,” with varying results. But Blackout 5 is the first time a famous rapper has worked directly with an established league that has years of experience putting on this kind of event. Combining KOTD’s know-how with Drake’s mainstream credibility will create the perfect synergy for battle rap fans new and old alike.

Twitter: @KingOfTheDot | @welcomeOVO

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Sarah Jay

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Sarah Jay is based in Calgary and works as a freelance journalist and photographer. Sarah is also a former A&R talent scout for the Universal Music Scouting Program, and runs a vintage store during the day. Sarah has juried the JUNO Awards, The Polaris Music Prize, and The Prism Prize. She has been fortunate enough to interview and photograph some of hip-hop's greatest influencers including Future, ScHoolboy Q, Ghostface Killah, Moka Only, Maestro Fresh Wes, Shad, Joey Bada$$, Mac Miller, and more. Follow Sarah on Twitter: @ThisIsSarahJay

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