As the Ground Zero Grand Prix heads into the quarter finals, the remaining MCs are a mix of seasoned veterans and impressive new arrivals. With only one or two GZGP battles going on in each city, the cards have opened up for some KOTD main event battles too. Here’s what you need to know for Round 3:
Luciano Crakk vs Step Easy
This is a championship-level match. Step Easy and Luciano Crakk competed in last year’s main channel Grand Prix, where both lost to Arcane, the eventual champion. Thus far, both battlers have brought their A-games to the Ground Zero tourney. Step made easy work of eMCeeBill in Round 2, as expected. The path to Round 3 has been a little tougher for Crakk. First he scored a debatable victory over Kinaze, and last round, he edged Made Wade on a three-two decision. Regardless, his writing has been top-notch and his performances well-executed. The winner of this match will be the odds-on favourite to win the $1,500 grand prize.
The Ground Zero Grand Prix is shaping up to be the hottest ticket in North American battle rap. Round 2 has a strong crop of hungry battlers with well-defined personas from all over the stylistic map. The best part though, is that there’s actually something at stake: wins and losses mean something.
If you’re not already familiar with the battlers competing in the $1500, winner-take-all Ground Zero tournament, check out our introductions for Toronto and the West Coast and our recap of the first round.
We were at the Toronto event last night, but we’ve also got recaps from Vancouver, California and Calgary from league presidents La Sparka, Aspect One and Sketch Menace. Scroll down for those, but read Toronto first.
A good recap is going to have some spoilers. Be warned.
This past Saturday night, King of the Dot launched its Ground Zero tournament with simultaneous events in Los Angeles and Toronto. Both events went smoothly and were packed with high-quality performances.
TOBattleBlog saw the Toronto event first-hand (and even judged three of the GP battles), but we also have exclusive notes from KOTD West Coast’s J-Pro, who was in L.A.
(If you’re not familiar with the battlers competing in the $1500, winner-take-all Ground Zero tournament, check out our introductions for Toronto and Los Angeles.)