Friday, December 26, 2014

Stuey Newton VS Young Nate

Two words best sum up the battle between Northwest battle rap heavy weights Stuey Newton (haling from the greater Seattle area) and Young Nate  (representing Portland, OR); personal and disrespectful.  There were no passes or taboo subjects in this battle; family, religion, league alliances, street affiliations and battle rap credentials were all brought into question throughout the duration of the battle. Stuey took his time to set up some crazy angles and build ups to break down Young Nate's battle rap and street status while Nate took a more simpler yet consistent bar for bar punchline style approach to do the same to Stuey.

Both Stuey Newton and Young Nate are viewed as two of the biggest threats in the Northwest regions battle scene right now and are also known to be two of the more street oriented MCs in the area too. This made for an interesting match that was very heated and personal yet remained strictly battle rap.  Everyone in the room could feel the tension in the air and when you watch the battle on video you can feel that coming through the screen. In a time when battle rap is saturated with dull match ups and where the level of lyrical complexity sometimes kills the raw passion the culture was founded on, battles like this remind us why battle rap was created in the first place; to solve disputes non-violently by using the art of hip hop. Which also happens to be a great recipe for a classic match. 

The Northwest battle scene is alive with debate over who won this battle. To voice your opinion make sure to leave a comment on the YouTube feed. At the end of the day when two MCs put on a match like this no one really looses and the fans get one more classic battle to remind them the Northwest battle rap scene is nothing to sleep on. Both Stuey Netwon and Young Nate are doing some big things in 2015 so make sure to stay on the look out for more battles from both MCs. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Some threats remain dormant for a long, long time before they make their wrath felt. But once they do erupt the scene is left forever changed. One threat of this nature that comes to mind is the super volcano underneath Yellow Stone National Park. Another is the return of the MC that is AKA
to battle rap. Tomorrow night at the Olympia Ballroom as part of the All Your Friend's Friends album release party bars will once agin flow like hot magma when AKA battles S.O.S. to settle a 4 year plus old dispute over a battle from the distant past.

It all started back in the freestyle era of Olympia battle rap, when AKA was the undefeated reigning champion besides one fateful battle with S.O.S. at the now defunct Vault as part of the historical We Out Here battles S.P. used to throw.  AKA claims the loss was due to a crowd vote by "teenagers who were eating up S.O.S.'s ABC rhyme style". To settle the record once and for all AKA challenged S.O.S. to settle the dispute via the time tested hip hop tradition of battle rap. S.O.S. being a man that strives to constantly "raise the bar" in his hip hop pursuits accepted without hesitation. The town is alive with talk of AKA's return to battle rap and debut in the prewritten format and if S.O.S. stands a chance against such a potential, high caliber threat in the battle world.

S.O.S. is in a tight spot after multiple losses and chokes in previous battles. But word on the street is he has been working extra hard for this battle so he can show the For MCs By MCs followers why those losses were flukes and that he is not an MC to be slept on or snickered at. In the past S.O.S. has defeated worthy opponents like DL Murray and Patron so the fate of this battle is definitely in the air.

Will AKA make his return to battle rap by bull dozing over an unprepared S.O.S.? Or will S.O.S. surprise the masses by showing his full potential as an MC and beating a seemingly invincible MC? That is the question on many peoples minds on the eve of a potential classic in For MCs By MCs Battle League. Tomorrow night at the Olympia Ballroom located at 116 Legion Way Olympia, WA 98501 our questions will be answered and a victor will be crowned. Don't miss out on this historical night in Olympia hip hop. Between this battle and the All Your Friend's Friends compilation Olympia is setting precedent on what Northwest hip hop culture can be when pushed to its fullest potential. Be there or feel regretful when all your friend's friends talk about how awesome the night was.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Steez VS The Truth

Another classic battle brought to you by For MCs By MCs. This go around reigning champ Steez, 6-0, battles it out with hot undefeated newcomer The Truth, 3-0, at Real Life Click's "SANGVIS REGVM: Blood of Kings" album release party in Lacey, WA. Once again Steez comes with his signature mix of delivery and energy to give a flawless  performance but also steps up his bar game to match Truth's lyric heavy approach to battling. The Truth approaches the battle with complex, over your head bars but also makes sure to step up his presence and energy to match Steez's crowd captivating performance  and shows us that he isn't afraid to get in an MCs face. The two battlers go bar for bar until the last round so you will have to just watch the video to find out who takes the win but I can promise you won't be bored for one second of this battle. Please give it a watch, share, comment, and like if you want to help support the movement.

Monday, August 18, 2014


Steez VS Patron was the main card battle on For MCs By MCs Battle Leagues July 19th, 2014 event "The Foundation" at the Olympia Ballroom. Throughout the past year both battlers have garnered attention as major contenders in the Northwest battle rap world. Patron spent 2013-2014 battling in For MCs By MCs, Alliance Battle League, a try out battle for KOTD, in the newly formed AHAT WA division and even caught a battle in Virginia this June. Steez has mainly battled in For MCs By MCs but has earned himself the unofficial rookie of the year title with an undefeated record of 6-0. The Steez VS Patron match was seen as the battle to determine the champion of For MCs By MCs by many in the Northwest battle scene. Steez came with his usual mix of aggression and personals but also stepped up his schemes, multiples and build ups to put on a solid, well rounded performance. Patron's lyricism, angles and stage presence were on point as always and the way he made the crowd question Steez's commitment to battle rap culture in the first round was classic. The judges ended up giving the battle to Steez, 2-1, but the online battle rap community has debated the outcome of this battle quite a bit with some saying Steez 2-1 or even 3-0 while others are saying Patron took it 2-1. Who do you think won? Please leave a comment.