To The Test, Don’t Flop North’s premier battle event returns for its 7th installment this weekend. Featuring an array of emcees eager to seize the opportunity to prove their worth in the league, TTT#7 is set to be an action-packed competitive fixture despite an absence of top-tier competitors.
A special shout out goes to Chronicle for setting up this event and for his continued commitment to the Don’t Flop movement.
TIMES CHANGE: NORTH QUARTER FINALS
CHRIS LEESE VS RO JISTA
Maxonian funnyman Chris Leese never ceases to amaze, and occasionally even bewilder us with his sheer flamboyancy and presence, and his defeat of Matter will no doubt stand him in great stead to take the W from this one. However, Ro Jista has equally proven himself as a firm fan favourite, and ably straddles that fine gap between being both entertaining and technical. This should be an extremely close battle, but I’m going to be bold and take a punt on the honorary Scouser. RO JISTA.
SUUS VS JEFFERSON PRICE
This promises to be a very even contest. Newcastle-based Suus has held his own against some stern competition in recent battles, and has duly proven to have ability and maturity beyond his tender years. The ascent of Brown Bag AllStars affiliate Jefferson Price in the battle scene has been just as impressive, and I think both stand on a pretty equal footing in terms of DF ranking. That said, I still feel Jefferson’s charisma and wry comedic sensibilities will ultimately give him the edge on Saturday. JP.
FRISKO/EDDIE P VS MATTER/LUNAR C
Despite being a recent addition to the Don’t Flop family, having hitherto only competed in two battles, YouTube commenters are already calling for Bradford-based Sinoptic member Lunar C to face off against some of the league’s most established vets. Testament to his skills, he’s now pairing up with one of Don’t Flop’s other up-and-comers out of the Leeds/Bradford conurbation, Matter. The pairing is a tantalizing one, and undeniably they’ll each deliver on wordplay, lyricism and humour and combine to potentially lethal effect. Manchester drum and bass emcee duo Frisko and Eddie P deliver on character and comedy, but they have their work cut out if they’re to stand a chance against these two. MATTER/LUNAR C.
ELZ VS MICKY WORTHLESS
I predict this one to be the fan favourite of the day. Traveling with a bummy swagger, but infinitely charming with it, Micky Worthless is an excellent showman in his battles, despite occasionally lacking poise and consistency. Similarly, Elz elicits frenzied crowd reactions with his dramatic pauses and farcical imagery, but on the day, I think it could really go either way. Seen as his pedigree has been somewhat boosted by his recent participation in JumpOff’s recent 2-on-2 battle competition, which saw him team up with LNC and beat WRC veterans Arkaic and Eurgh, I’m playing it safe and opting for Elz.
BLIZZARD VS H-BOMB
Having been working tirelessly to forge a potentially huge career in the music industry, whilst recently appearing on several high-profile freestyle videos (most notably for Word on Road TV), and simultaneously receiving daps from some of the grime scene’s biggest stars, it’s remarkable how Mancunian emcee/producer Blizzard manages to squeeze in the odd Don’t Flop battle to his busy schedule; but lo and behold, he’s diving head first into the arena, this time to square off against one of Don’t Flop’s two resident female emcees, H-Bomb. Despite a shaky start to his battling career, in addition to enduring a vile and crass hate campaign on YouTube, Blizzard still managed to keep a level head and was vindicated in his last performance against Decoy earlier this year. That said, I still think Aussie emcee H-Bomb will ultimately prevail simply based on her previous performances and her stronger presence overall .H-Bomb.
PAMFLIT VS PHIZZLE
Though it’s technically a male vs female match-up, this one’s perhaps less a battle of the sexes, and more a battle of effeminacy. But don’t be fooled by these two; they are more than certain to combine with such lyrical fury to leave any robust alpha male whimpering in a corner. Indeed, Pamflit has been prolific in Don’t Flop and has built substantial momentum with a string of W’s to his name, and despite being out-classed by Deffinition at the recent North vs South event, I still think he’ll be able to show to us just why he has enjoyed such a flying start to his battling career. Pamflit.
K-SNATCH VS FAME
Cork emcee K-Snatch debuted at To The Test’s first event in Manchester earlier this year where he battled the aforementioned Pamflit, and put in a credible performance despite taking the L. He’ll return to the UK with a renewed sense of confidence and purpose, having been pro-active in DFI and having ascended its ranks with his superb flows and delivery earning him multiple wins in recent battles. Fame’s debut at TTT5 was disappointing in terms of crowd engagement, though not without promise, but he’ll have to improve upon his delivery and style to prevail in this. K-Snatch.
THE CALCIUM KID VS EVILA
Although Evila’s latest performance at Nottingham’s North vs South event was a little below par by his own avowed high standards, the Warrington rhymer still took the W – testament to his persistence and raw talent. He’ll no doubt be eager to redeem himself by winning this one, and I can’t see The Calcium Kid really standing in his way either. EVILA (easily).
J TOKER VS ANALYST
The last time Manchester-based emcee and Tactical Thinking member Analyst appeared in a Don’t Flop battle was back when Oshea was deriding Lego for wearing red shoes. Having both worked with Manchester producer/beatmaker extraordinaire Pro P, both Analyst and his opponent, NSR’s J Toker, will have some interesting words to exchange with one another. However the latter has far the greater experience under his belt in Don’t Flop, and for that reason I can’t see him losing this one with impunity. J Toker.
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TIME & DATE
Saturday 13th August
Doors open: 1-7pm
Battles start: 1:30 pm
2 Wilmslow Rd
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