In the world of hip-hop, there is an underground phenomenon that has generated much buzz over the years. That phenomenon is battle rap. Whenever a new battle is broadcast online, millions tune in to view combatants throw lyrical combinations at each other for multiple rounds until one is dubbed the winner. One of the premier names in the sport of battle rap is Harlem emcee K-Shine. According to VerseTracker, K-Shine has 60 battles in the books which have garnered close to 50 million views altogether.
K-Shine’s most recent battle came against underground veteran and fellow-Harlemite Jae Millz at for Rare Breed Entertainment’s Lift His Soul 5. K-Shine vs. Jae Millz was the top card of the night and many were wondering if Jae Millz, who has a storied battle record, still had the chops for today’s battle rap. During the press conference for the event, Millz is on record declaring, “After I show y’all I can do it in this era, what’s the conversation? I’m back, battle rap ain’t safe!”
Things didn’t go Jae Millz way, and it was evident that his opponent had the upper-hand from the start of the competition. The Source reports:
Describing this verbal fight like a boxing match: Shine was throwing haymakers, uppercuts and sticking the jab, mixing up the combos. His delivery won the crowd. Though the first round was his best round, Millz seemed to be limited in what he could do in this era of clever spit kickers. Shine locked up the momentum, tapping into his well-seasoned arsenal of battle tricks. Pulling charisma and punching out of the bag (time and time again), he made Millz seem old and out of date. It did not help that Millz kept saying, “Y’all sleep,” further dismissing the crowd for not getting his rhymes.
The crowd in Club Drom was behind K-Shine and made it known with chants of “3-0!” After the three rounds were finished, K-Shine emerged victorious.
K-Shine celebrated his win by stopping through Hot 97 studios and freestyling for Funkmaster Flex. He proved a contender outside of the battle rap arena, spitting hard bars over G-Dep’s classic “Child of the Ghetto” instrumental. Check out what he had in the bag for Flex below. Look out for his next single, “Word2ThaBlock,” which is coming soon.