Billy Shakes here. Go Fuck Yourself was a blast. I somehow have signed up to edit the footage so I’ll be able to do some battle breakdowns as they’re released, but in the meantime here’s some quick deetz on the event:
Battle of the Night: Nekkbone vs Bannock Kardinal
The 2 on 2 was a close contender for battle of the night but it went kinda flaccid in the 3rd.
Nekkbone has ridiculous charisma and crowd control. He’s fucking huge, he’s loud, and the crowd kept breaking into chants of “NEKKBONE… NEKKBONE… NEKKBONE”. Though Nekkbone hadn’t battled in for-fucking-ever, he looked totally comfortable against Bannock. Bannock, meanwhile, had a super tight performance in a 2 on 2 to kick the night off, and was on point again with Nekkbone. They both had jokes, punches and disrespect that complement their styles. You can tell these two had been thinking of how to approach each other for a long time.
Bodybag of the Night: Kid Franklin made a VERY impressive debut, with all the confidence a tall white dude from rural Alberta combined with some very clever punches and some nasty hurtful bars. He set out to finish Konee’s career and after a brutal match, Konee’s going to have to take a long hard look in the mirror and see if he has it in him to go through that ever again.
Disappointment of the Night: After Kid Savage canceled his battle with Ali B, Wize Guy offered to do a one-round battle as a fill in. Wize Guy then no-showed… meaning Ali B wrote four rounds that he didn’t get to fire off. He’s probably got Battle Balls right now.
Mystery of the Night: Wize Guy was last seen off his medication, on day 3 of no sleep, wearing Billy Shakes’ socks. Where he went between missing his battle and turning up at the hospital is anyone’s guess.
Most Number of Assists: Jesse Jacobsen rolled up with a squad from Medicine Hat and was wrangled into co-hosting battles as well as picking judges. He woke up passed out rappers before their battles; he also escorted an obnoxious drunk out of the venue mid-battle. He defused a scuffle before it turned into a brawl – security found me to tell me specifically that he was a G.
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED MAKE THIS HAPPEN:
Rappers y’all crushed it. Thanks for bringing your A-game.
Ali B, Bannock Kardinal, Cue the Knucklehead, Explicit E (IOU!), Filly, JF, Johnny Knoxx, Guillotine, Kamikaze, Kid Franklin, Konee, Mad Kardinal, Nekkbone and Wheelz
Thanks to Komrade from Brothers Grim and the Battleaxe Warriors (seriously).
Long Distance Artillery Support: Kurtis King, Vokab, Dolla $ign Gang, Stevie P
Hospitality: www.cannabiscanada.today covered dabs, doobies, and airport pick-ups.
Out of Towners here for the Culture: Jesse Jacobsen, Sarah, Kelson, Thomas, Neal, (tall blond kid), J Fuller, Lindsay Fuller, JF and Filly.
A/V Heroes: Sonik Hip Hop, Raven’s Eye Photography, Royal Thieves, “Peewee” James for the livestream.
Logistics: Madi and Sarah, J Reds at the Forge, Damon & the Security Team
Smoked Out Battles Alberta will be back in Edmonton this spring. Holler atchya boy if you want on the card and join us on Facebook to get in on the shit-talking in real time.