lilD: Naul Spits takes on D. Cardi at Frontline BattlesWritten by lilD | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Nobody remembers who came in second place.
Hip-Hop was partially founded on the art of lyrical competition, whether it was debating where the art form started, defending one’s pride or simply deciding who the better MC was.
On Oct. 2, two Toledo rappers brought the art of battling to the forefront of the Hip-Hop community. Frontline Battles was conceptualized by Anthony “Chief” Turner and rapper Naul Spits. They’re hoping to make this a monthly event. It was sponsored by Toledo businesses The Fac Enterprises, LLC, iWax Magazine, iamsincere.com, and cuntryonline.com.
Trazon Harris, owner of JJ Express, was generous enough to allow two MCs and their supporters to gather in her building in anticipation of the best rapper battle in the city.
Toledoans from every part of the city hugged, exchanged salutations and took pictures, showing admiration and respect for one another. There were no arguments, no confrontations and no negativity.
An empty warehouse was transformed into a scene from Eminem’s movie “Eight Mile,” complete with a nonbiased host, two rappers and an honest crowd. Three three-minute rounds would determine whose lyrical abilities were supreme.
The first contender was Naul Spits. He’s known for his wordplay, and is no stranger to battling.
He definitely came to compete, throwing shots at his competition like, “I don’t care about my weight/Just make sure your dudes are in shape, to carry you at your wake.”
Then it was his competition’s turn. D Cardi, also no stranger to the Toledo Hip-Hop scene, came prepared as well. One of his best lines of the first round was “This bad boy will beat you with the Ciroc until you’re Puffy.”
The first round was a very close call, but Naul Spits had a slight edge over D Cardi. The crowd calmed down and prepared for the second round.
Naul Spits challenged D Cardi’s manhood in the second round, but forgot the rest of his lyrics. His rhymes weren’t as memorable as his first round, and when he “choked,” it was the nail in the coffin.
D Cardi took full advantage of Naul’s mistake. He spent the round making fun of Naul’s plus-size frame, saying “he’s mad because chicks have to wear blindfolds on his blind dates.” The round clearly went to D Cardi, who not only remembered all of his lyrics, but executed them perfectly.
It was time for the last round. The last three minutes to prove superiority. The last chance to sway the crowd’s opinion. Anticipation was at its peak.
Naul Spits started off … and then forgot his lyrics — again. He had almost hit his three-minute mark, and the crowd may not have noticed that he forgot his lyrics had he not announced it. But when the camera is on, along with immense pressure, the first reaction may not be the best reaction.
D Cardi was ready. He insulted every physical inch of Naul Spits, saying, “I will not lose to a dude who still drives his mom’s minivan.” But the nail in the coffin was when he said, “Your teeth look like gang signs/ [You don’t have friends]; your own dreads don’t give you any hang time.” The crowd went wild, and there wasn’t a question of which MC was crowned victorious.
To the victor goes the spoils, and D Cardi wasted no time boasting in front of any camera that was directed toward him. He only had a few words to say: “I told y’all, off with his head. No exceptions.”