Ok, we’re cheating a bit here to fit in another bunch of names.
England’s Don’t Flop league has a deep roster of slept-on battlers. They might not get as many views as KOTD or URL, but they have a lock on U.K. battling, which makes for loyal fans and a tight-knit scene.
Taking the lead from KOTD, Don’t Flop has successfully established its own champion, Grand Prix-style tournaments and a promising try-out league. The filming and editing is almost always high quality too.
Gun bars don’t resonate in a country where only 41 people died in firearm homicides in 2012 (the U.S. had 9,146 and Canada, 173) so angles tend to focus on personals, jokes and clever wordplay. The rapid-fire delivery of Grime music has also inspired a distinct style in a lot of the young battlers.
The last few years have seen Eurgh, Oshea, Deffinition, and Sensa being rated by North American fans in the international events KOTD puts on every summer. But the league has made huge moves in the last few months with visits from Arsonal and DNA. Shotty Horrah, a hood rapper from Manchester, has blown up in Canada and the U.S., battling Daylyt for UW and Ness Lee for KOTD.
The video of Blizzard vs. Mark Grist, billed everywhere as “teacher battles drop-out student” went viral at the end of 2011, and now has more than three million views – that’s almost 1,000,000 more than URL’s hit, Loaded Lux vs. Calicoe.