Ground Zero Grand Prix Round 3 Recap Got to the event at 8:30 p.m, which was way too early, the battles didn’t actually start till 10:30. Ran into some familiar faces (GZ events usually have the same people) and some respected Toronto veterans like D Brown, Frankie Payne and Bishop Brigante. More and more Toronto rappers are starting to notice the scene and come to support and co-host which is a great look. Talked to Mr. Conspiracy, Chris from Toronto Battle Blog (TOBB) and Bulletz, all cool peoples. Bulle vs Spook One Bulle came through with that street shit and with some funny paki jokes. Also had tons of basketball references in this one, all done really well. Bulle was on his A game in this one. Spook One came with strictly jokes in this one, most of them fell flat, only thing that made me laugh is when he said that Bulle’s face looks like his bredren is fucking him, one of those things that’s funny live at the venue, but probably won’t be funny on footage. Easy decision here for the judges so they managed to get this one right. Note: During this battle there was a random white guy covered with tats who made his way inside the ring jumping in front of the cam during the intro, talking to the hosts, commenting on the battle, and etc. This lasted for one battle, he then got kicked out of the venue. Note: Bulle tapped Spook One’s pockets, Spook One didn’t do nothing, looked like it was just an ordinary thing for him. Twizzie vs Kinaze Twizzie didn’t really say anything to get a reaction, at least in my opinion. Kinaze was his usual self, which is funny and had some good lines. Wasn’t really interested in this tbh but another easy decision here. The man improves every battle. HFK vs Kaliente Kalliente was good in this one, had a polished performance, even though his rounds were short. HFK started off his battle by addressing his critics, basically saying they loved him for the jokes, he then tried something different and it didn’t work, so he’s going back to what he’s good at, which is – Jokes. So basically he gave the crowd 3 rounds off jokes, some of which were funny, others fell flat. He then proceeded to say the gayest shit I heard in battle rap in a while. I stopped listening right after that, so I can’t call a winner in this one. Young Casper vs N Pose Good battle. N Pose is becoming a crowd favourite and Casper has great presence and delivery. I agree with the decision for this one, have to watch it again though. N Pose loves it out here. Notez vs Wize Guy Wize Guy came in wearing a Notez is Wack shirt. Notez had on a prison jump suit, the crowd loved that shit, he had a crazzy intro. The battle had a typical Wize Guy vs typical Notez, and was a style clash as expected. Wize Guy had jokes, Notez had Goodfella, Casino and Donnie Brasco bars along with other wordplay and bars talking about his lifestyle. During the battle Notez’s crew ran up on Wize Guy and pushed him LOL Notez’s battles always has some weird shit going on. Personally I think that was a bad look. Organik’s face said it all haha Unhappy is not even the word to describe it. LOL There was a clear win in the 1st round, a loss in the 2nd, and a body bag in the 3rd in the battle that resulted in a huge ROBERRY and left everyone shaking their heads. Hearing now that it was a 4-1 decision. WOW. Needless to say the man was unhappy with the decision, stormed out the venue and wasn’t there for the sportsmanship handshake. This battle was for $ 500. As one known battle rapper told me at the venue, that’s why he never battles for money. Lucianno Crakk vs Step Easy Yeah you can choke 1.5 times and win the battle. Another Robbery. Someone give a more detailed recap of this one. Tycoon Tax vs Scandalis This was the best battle of the night. Tycoon Tax hit him with personals talking about Empire (Scandalis’s old crew) breaking a bar stool off his head and other shit. Def collected a ton of dirt on the man, but it didn’t really affect Scandalis. This beef shit is well known in Toronto circles and has gotten old by now. Tax didn’t say anything beyond that, so it wasn’t as effective. Scandalis surprised me, I didn’t expect him to adapt to this format so well. He slipped up a lil but quickly got back on track. Came through with that multi syllable rhyming style that he’s known for, there wasn’t much filler, he mixed in personals, basically styling on Tax at times. The 3rd round was total domination. Apparently the man was on house arrest during the battle and had special permission to attend the event. Just too real for his opponent in this one. Sealed the deal. The battle was promo anyways. Saukrates was standing there waiting for the decision and was like “So who won?” LOL Had no idea it was Promo. I am not sure if the decision to make it Promo was made on the spot. Realiztic vs Jesblaze didn’t go down cause Jesblaze no showed. Felt bad for Real cause he def would have won that. All in all it was a great event. This event definitely lived up to the hype and I was really happy to see the main event not disappoint. Someone at the venue told me that this can open doors for other T.O. rappers if Scandalis does good, so don’t be surprised if more T.O. rappers step up to the plate in the near future.