War: A consequence of our natural tendency to dominate. A physical manifestation of our innate desire to crush the competition. An evolutionary examination intended to single out “The Best”. On June 9th 2012 war will be waged and history will be made.
In the Hip-Hop world, battling is perceived to be the rawest form of the culture; after all, it is one of the foundations on which the art was formed. Two rappers go head to head with each other and come up with their best insults, while flexing their lyrical, rhythmic, and artistic muscles in an attempt to discredit the artist opposing them. Over the years, battling has moved away from the streets into the mainstream; moving to larger venues with larger crowds packed around the "ring" to see their favorite artists perform. The atmosphere at these larger venues is similar to that of MMA matches: the crowd reacts and feeds off the hard hitting punch lines, as laughter ricochets off the walls when the crowd roars with approval after a joke is used to embarrass a participating emcee. The larger venues have also helped expand the popularity of battling, as it is not strictly an underground event anymore. With the rising popularity of Youtube (KOTD now has over 60,000 subscribers that have generated over 22 million total views) and online Pay Per View outlets, battling has grown into a sizable and prospering entity, with organized events run by sponsored leagues all over the world.
"King of the Dot" is one of the most recognizable leagues in the entire world. It's creator and President Organik, along with his partner and current CEO Avi Rex, has lead the Toronto based organization from obscurity into an internationally acclaimed force that has seen artists from over a half dozen countries – ranging from Norway, to the UK to Australia – compete under its banner. Using a written a cappella format, the league received some of its biggest endorsement in November of 2011 and Jan 2012, as Drake co-hosted a battle between bitter rivals DNA and Dizaster, and Reakwon hosted a battle between Hollohan and Cortez. Now, King of the Dot is set to have one of the most accomplished battle artists in the world grace its stage: Canibus.
Canibus and battling go hand in hand! He is best known for his feud with LL Cool J that began in 1997 and reached its zenith when Canibus released the song "Second Round K.O." Fittingly, former heavyweight champion boxer of the world Mike Tyson appeared in the video for Canibus’ “Second Round K.O.” Canibus and Tyson both possess a brute earnestness and world-weary sincerity, and the expansive gap between their “rise” and “fall” has allowed each to be truly honest in regards to their statuses as individuals and celebrities. Tyson once said of Canibus to the New York Times: “He’s so intelligent, that’s the reason I like him. He’s fresh, he’s new, and his delivery is perfect. He never makes mistakes.”
Presented by King of the Dot Entertainment, Dizaster and Canibus are set to battle on June 9th 2012 in Los Angeles. This will be the first time Canibus has taken to the stage for a one-on-one battle; while Dizaster, who has flown all over the world performing and perfecting his craft, is one of the most well-respected battle emcees of his respective era. These men will have three rounds (with no time limits) to claim and demonstrate their superiority, while exhibiting the skills that made them legends in their fields.
The outcome of this epic battle is anyone’s guess, but one thing is for certain: on June 9th 2012, fans worldwide will be tuning in to KOTD's Ustream page (http://www.ustream.tv/kingofthedot) to witness a very historic event in Hip-Hop!