John John Da Don vs. X-Factor

X-Factor has home field advantage as he takes on John John Da Don in Detroit, Michigan.

Who will reign as the victor?

Battle rapping, which can be freestyled, is the competition between two or more rappers in front of an audience. The tradition of insulting one’s friends or acquaintances in rhyme goes back to the dozens, and was portrayed famously by Muhammad Ali in his boxing matches. The winner of a battle is decided by the crowd and/or preselected judges. According to Kool Moe Dee, a successful battle rap focuses on an opponent’s weaknesses, rather than one’s own strengths.

freestyle battle is a contest in which two or more rappers compete or “battle” each other using improvised lyrics. It is a prominent part of hip hop culture.

In a freestyle battle, each competitor’s goal is to “diss” their opponent through clever lyrics and wordplay, with heavy emphasis being placed upon the rapper’s improvisational ability. Many battles also include metaphorically violent imagery, complementing the “battling” atmosphere. It is considered dishonorable or shameful to recite pre-written or memorized raps during a freestyle battle, because it shows the rapper to be incapable of “spitting” spur-of-the-moment lyrics. A live audience is key, as a large part of “winning” a battle is how an audience responds to each rapper. Appointed judges may be used in formal contests, but in most cases the rapper who receives the largest audience response is viewed as the victor.

In modern times, with the rise of leagues such as King of the Dot and Ultimate Rap League, most battles are written with some freestyling incorporated into the verses. This allows for more intricate rhymes and insults.

The idea of such poetic battles has a long history that can be found in genres of poetry such as Haikai and flyting.As hip-hop evolved in the early 1980s, many rappers gained their fame through freestyle battles. Battles can take place anywhere: informally on street corners, on stage at a concert, at a school, or at event specifically meant for battling (such as Scribble Jam or the Blaze Battle).


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  • Δη!mαℓ Kιηςdσm♛ (@AnimalKingd0m)

    JJDD is too dope. x-factor is dope too, but he fell off so far in 2013. There is something that X-factor used to do that he stopped doin in 2013 that made his matches classic. X-factor bars were all good & solid tho, but JJDD edged him every round.
    JJDD won 3-0

  • RBG

    X factor is the Jason Collins of battle rap… The way he ended his second round was mighty brokeback. He even knew it when he said it.