Notez is one of the most divisive figures in battle rap. The Toronto MC’s hood lyrics, in-battle theatrics and raspy patois energize live crowds while often offending online audiences. Take a look through the YouTube comments on any of his battles and you’ll find both derision and praise.
Notez too street for any URL cats -snwoodstock13
Trash!!! Notez fake ass is going to get bodied -EpicFreestyleKing
notez’ bars were so gutter, my speakers got stolen in the middle of his verse. -emceekinaze
First time I’ve heard Notez, hopefully it’ll be the last. -Jeremy Liu
But you can’t argue with his record: 13-2, with no losses since early 2011. True, most of his wins have been over unknowns, but he’s also beat some established up-and-comers like Yung Casper and Tycoon Tax.
We met up with Notez at his Teesdale housing project to get a sense of who he is outside of a rap battle.