literally just got back. I think this might have been a better battle than scribble, if not as ill. I didn't want to make judgements on a good portion of the battles (even though I was judging) because so many people were SOOOO ill. Nocando won against Ex-I in the finals, btw, they were both really ill. Franco won the iron man and made it to the semis of the 24 man where he lost to nocando (it was really close IMO, but nocando was on fire!!! congrats to him) Unfortunately about 5 people who were signed up to battle didn't show (truine, and a bunch of other people I hadn't heard of before) but some people just came out the crowd and battled, which was really dope of them. This dude Dirt came out of no where and was ill, I thought he was gonna be so so but he was ill. He beat white mike who was coming really nice, too, I thought that was a pretty even battle, one of those hard to call ones. Bo-rat lost to Nocando in the semis but repped really hard against him, again, another great battle that I thought, at least for the first two rounds, was even and hard to call. Stratus didn't battle in the 24 man and I don't recall seeing him in the iron man, which disappointed me, but I got his cd and it's ill!!! the beats on it are tight, too, cop that and customer service and white mike and okwerdz and franco's shit, these kids are ill and deserve to be supported. Bo-rat beat vix freon in the quarter finals, I believe, which was a pretty tight battle, vix was wowing the crowd with his cadence... ex-i had a sick cadence and so did nocando, which was one reason they made for such a sick final round. Okwerdz served some dudes outside (pseudo thug types) who were all angry he was spitting "some alphabet type shit" but I didn't catch it, ex-i just told me about it. Props to AOK who did a good job, just jumping in the battle because other emcees flaked. I think franco beat him, not sure though. I might be forgetting some people, but that was a really goddam ill battle. I got some footage and alexis has it all. Props to cipher1 for coming up from diego, that's a long journey...same for xover and white mike. I was really happy with the other judges, I think they did a great job, but some of those battles were so hard to call and I just wanted to see them go on battling more and more rounds... all in all, that was the battle that I've left feeling the best and being like "damn, that was fucking ill battle," I hope I can put on a battle to match that!!!