Over the last few years, we have seen a steady rise in rap battle and cypher culture throughout India. Following a worldwide trend, emcees have been getting together to hold regular events where 2 (or more) battle it out in front of an audience.
If you are not familiar with the format, a rap battle is a contest in which two or more rappers compete or ‘battle’ each other using improvised lyrics. Each competitor’s goal is to ‘diss’ their opponent through clever lyrics. As hip-hop evolved in the early 1980s emcees gained their notoriety through live battles with other MCs.
Delhi based Spit Dope Inc has been holding battles and cypher events for over a year now, they have gained a steady following through their events and social media activities. Emcees (and friends) Kode, Encore ABJ, Abxom & Calm all started planning Spit dope in late 2014 and held their first ever event at a park in Hauz Khas Village (HKV), New Delhi in May of 2015, MC Kode won the first ever battle and Jaw Dropper won the first ever cypher – Spit Dope Inc was Born.
Over the course of 2015 and 2016 they held several more events including a full on battle tournament and a stand alone cypher tournament, gaining fans and followers along the way and eventually moved from a public space in HKV to a proper venue. 2016 was also the year that the team inducted new member, Youngsta, joined and the team felt that they were now complete.
Now is where things get serious though…!
The DesiHipHop.com team have been big fans of what the 5 Delhi based emcees have created, we’ve been following their journey with great interest as we’ve always felt that they are on to something special. Two weeks ago the Spit Dope team visited us at our Mohali offices and we laid out a plan to them in which we’ll take Spit Dope national, pan-india to all the major metros, using the DHH platform and audience to grow awareness and most importantly, find more battle rappers to join the league.
Spit Dope Inc Co-Founder, Aditya Tewari, released a statement on behalf of the team – “We at Spit Dope Inc believe that working with DHH will revolutionise the whole Cypher & Battle scene in India. We are really excited to have them on board and are looking forward to creating something special”. Mo Joshi, Desi Hip Hop Inc CMO said “What the Spit Dope team have achieved on their own is nothing short of remarkable, we’re looking forward to working with them and taking their vision that one step further”
The new look Spit Dope will kick off in a couple of months, but before they go in to the lab to prepare for the relaunch, there’s one last event in Delhi which is planned in for this Sunday (26th Sept.), again at HKV, but this time is at an incredible venue called Raasta.
The event this Sunday is more workshop based, inviting down aspiring artists to come and learn from some of the top Delhi battle rappers, freestylers and videographers. You can catch Youngsta & Raga giving a workshop on how to cypher, gain valuable battle tips from MC Kode, see how to gain stage presence from Delhi heavyweight Prabh Deep and watch Inflict while he gives you a crash course in videography and to top it all off, a live battle between MC Kode & Jay Sehgal to close the event. All for a tiny sum of ₹100 – now thats what we call VALUE FOR MONEY
SPACE FOR THE EVENT IS VERY LIMITED SO PLEASE REGISTER YOUR INTEREST ON THE FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE – HERE