The UK’s leading battle rap events company Don’t Flop (recently featured on Channel 4 News) is set to host a new monthly open mic and battle event in Manchester as a follow-up to its successful To The Test series.
The inaugural event of BLAM! will take place on March 20 between 8pm and 2am at the Drylive Arena on Oldham Street and will showcase not just battles but also wider aspects of hip-hop culture from various stalwarts within the Manchester independent artistic community. This will include eye-catching graffiti displays from the likes of Oh Aye Crew and The Rag & Bone Collective, masterful DJing and turntablism from the likes of Konny Kon and Taste The Difference, and an array of retro, vintage and customised hip-hop apparel from various local independent vendors on sale at the Don’t Flop Mini-Market.
An added feature of the event will be the new Don’t Hog open mic sessions which anyone with rap skills is welcome to enter and spit bars, while on the musical stage, leftfield Manchester super-group Mothership Connection will entertain the DF crowd with its unique funk-filled boom-bap sound.
Coordinated by Don’t Flop North head honcho ChroniKill, BLAM! promises to be a fresh, exciting spectacle and a clear sign the Don’t Flop brand is diversifying and ever-expanding its scope.
Unanymous vs Pedro
Both these emcees wear their hearts on their sleeve and show passion in abundance, so this contest promises to be heated; however I just feel Unanymous has the slight edge in terms of lyricism and will prevail over Pedro’s relentless syllabic onslaught. Unanymous.
Frisko vs Elz
This is going to be a funny one. Frisko has the sharper wit, while Elz’s blithe, dramatic pauses and incomparable swagger are sure to elicit a frenzy of hysterics from the Don’t Flop crowd. Based on Frisko’s strength for personals, I think he’ll take this, but it’ll be close. Frisko.
Bowski vs Eek
Eek delivered one of the most seamless performances I’ve ever seen in a tryout battle and thoroughly deserved to take the W in London with his well-structured verses and impactful delivery. Bowski has been consistently entertaining as a battler since joining the league, but I just feel Eek will outdo the Lancastrian both technically and performance-wise. Eek.
Micky Worthless/Jefferson Price vs Evila/Hydef
This promises to be a hotly contested two-on-two, with each side sure to go hard and prove their worth. While Micky and JP will probably be tipped as favourites, but their Warrington counterparts will be no pushovers. 17-year-old Hydef showed real potential in his tryout battle in Leeds last year, while Evila is an accomplished rhymer with clever wordplay and great structure in his verses. This could go either way, but based on stronger team dynamic I actually think the Lancashire lads will just edge this. Evila/Hydef.