THE NEW TRIBUNE Sweet 16 and the League INTRO RANKING THE FIFTEEN THE LEAGUE THE ELITE 8 +1 OUTRO INTRO ok, welcome back to another edition of TNT, the new tribune if you dont know what the abbreviation stands for, first i wan to say last week sweet 16 was a huge success, voting went well, and all but 2 of the projected 17 participants showed, in this weeks mag tha talent is breaking down all 15 verses and ranking them from top to bottom, thank him for that, i will, talk about the league, and talk of some issues around the league, this week will be a short mag considering there isn’t a lot to talk about, due to the weeks off for the league, so just sit back and enjoy RANKING THE FIFTEEN Rather than simply doing a top 10, since there were only 15 verses this week, I decided to rank them all. Enjoy. Peace - Talent 15. Harlequin - "War" ...why waste the time, he couldn't try, he was in pain...that's all i need to say. 14. Ill-Logic - "Beauty and the Beast" ...i can tell you right now, i know Nebzer didn't try...i've seen way better than this from him, and there were all the signs of a verse that didn't have any effort behind it...take for instance, the decent plot line was totally unexecuted via somewhat sloppy word choice and extremely simplistic flow, both signs of quick writing after debating what to write about before seeing his opponent not try...so really, this was an alright verse, but its not a measure of his talent, and i really hope he puts effort in this week against namix, because that could be a dope battle. 13. trap - "The Extinction Agenda" ...some of you, such as Desenuts, know that I am not a big fan of pieces based in personal experience if it gets in the way of quality writing...i feel that this was the ordeal that trap went through this week, and that that is the reason he is no longer in the tournament...trap has written great personal experience verses, but this one was not one of them...he allowed his emotions to take control, and suffered from sloppy and at times almost insincere wording, which made the emotion seem insincere as well...and he ended it with a suicide, which is never good, especially not when approached like trap chose to this week, the never-should-have-become-a-classic "my life sucks so i'll just kill myself" method. 12. DMeTRiUS - "Beef" ...so Biggie made a song called "What's Beef," which Mos Def turned into a song called "Beef," which was then remade to feature Talib Kweli also, making it a Black Star track, and now DMeTRiUS remakes it...what he did to my custom title was somewhat original, especially considering what i had said about him in last weeks mag, but this verse was not....not taking anything away from D, of course, because his flow worked well over the "Beef" beat, and his verse would have fit in fairly well with Mos Def's...the problem was simply that, he didn't say anything new really...he just reiterated what Mos had said...and that was the problem...pretty much the only problem...there's no point in really talking much more about this piece. 11. Formal Logic - "Graduation Day" ...maybe it's me, but i feel that if you are going to do a topic like drunk driving and high school, you should use imagery to set it off and give it a more original feel...originality was, truth be told, the main thing lacking from Formal's piece...it was fairly well written, though, as i previously stated, the imagery lacked a little, and the flow was smooth...the story even managed to put a somewhat original twist on the concept...though his attempt at irony didn't really hit me like it could have...still, it was by no means a bad verse, but Formal still has a little ways to go, assuming this is his best work, before he can compete with a guy like Omen. 10. Half N Half - "Wings - Heavenly Offering" ...i could be wrong, but i really think Half N Half was inspired by an old verse of mine this week...he had, a few weeks ago, commented on reading the verse at the RnR Archives, and his verse was a fairly similar concept...but that's not important...what is important is that Half really showed us what he has to offer...his style is both poetic and very lyrical at the same time...he manages to blend the smooth word choice and vivid descriptions with a well told story like a true storyteller, much more efficiently than the average RSTL-er...in my opinion, he took a strong stand against Sequel this week, and he made his case, and got a top 10 verse of the week. 9. Omen - "Watching the Paint Dry" ...although he admitted to not having any time because he was doing more important things in Bosnia, Omen still pulled off a top 10 verse, albeit much lower than he is used to...his verse this week was a topical, not a typical omen story, but i'm kind of glad that he chose to go the topical route...he delved into the well charted world of finding an identity, among other concepts...what he came out with is a mesh of incredible metaphors and some nice images, to go along with a solid-enough flow...sure there were numerous typos and some spots where the word choice could have been SLIGHTLY better, but for the most part, he held it down...hopefully he'll have more time this week.