MC 's Battle for Supremacy
Media Release - 25th March 2004
The Boost Mobile NZ MC Battle for Supremacy National Final
This Saturday 27th March, 16 of the country’s top MC’s will battle it out for the Boost Mobile NZ MC Battle for Supremacy National title at Galatos in Auckland.
Finalists from the regional battles staged in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin will travel to Auckland to go mic-to-mic against each other in the toughest national MC battle the country has seen. It will be a no-holds-barred, 3 hour session of the most intense freestyle action from NZ’s finest up and coming MCs.
Organiser JC aka Wordperfect, said Tyna Keena’s demolishment of all MCs at the Auckland regional event was the most complete exhibition he'd ever seen in NZ. Wordperfect puts Tyna up as top seed for the National Title.
“We had an incredibly high standard in the Regionals this year,” said JC. “The National title is going to be a hard fought out battle. We can expect some awesome freestyle rap skills and an explosive atmosphere on Saturday night. Battles always get people’s emotions running high.”
MC Battles date back as far as the 70’s when hip hop evolved in the Bronx, New York. The thrill of the battle is in its humor, showmanship and risqué spontaneity. Off the top of the head, lyrical counter punches will be flying all night, with a no holds barred attitude. There can be only one winner!
As a further sign of their commitment to NZ Music, Boost Mobile is supporting the competition this year. Marketing Manager Tania Bui said “Boost Mobile is keen to support and foster emerging talent in New Zealand and we see the MC Battle for Supremacy as an ideal platform to do this. It is an art-form that allows free and spontaneous expression and Boost Mobile is all about hooking people up, giving them a voice and allowing them to express themselves freely.”
Don’t miss out on the toughest national final for the MC Battle For Supremacy New Zealand has ever seen.
The Boost Mobile MC Battle for Supremacy 2004 Regional Results
Auckland regional winner- Tyna keelan A Hamilton resident, ngati porou representer and MC for the Dubious bros. One of the true supporters of the freestyle scene running his own night, The Lyricist Lounge, on Thursdays in Hamilton.
Auckland beaten finalist- Elly A Samoan law student, a rep rugby and streetball player, he is the new blood in the Auckland scene. Having won local south Auckland battles with his racial and controversial lyrics he is a dark horse.
Wellington Regional winner- Juice 1 True B-boy Juice-1 represents hip-hop to the fullest with his artwork and with his voice. MC from the Wanderers and also a Time Bandits performer, Juice is the cream of the Wellington battle scene. A definite contender for the national semifinals.
Wellington beaten finalist- Karizma 1 Previously Christchurch’s hip-hop go-to guy. One to watch.
Christchurch Regional winner- Jabberwocky An MC from the 'league of Xtraordinary gentlemen' this kid has skills and a dry wit. His counter punches are a sign of a true battle MC and with little or no info out there for the national MCs about each other he will be right up there. Beware the ChCh MCs.
Christchurch beaten finalist- RMV Last year’s Christchurch champ and a representer for the rockafella bboy crew this guy’s hot! This MC has the skills to get to the top.
Dunedin regional winner- Budda B A consistent MC who has studied his craft and has excelled when it was necessary. Crisp punch-lines and multi-syllabic rhymes. Head to head with Tyna would be a battle royal.
Dunedin beaten finalist- Lowkey SAID MC Lowkey is a staunch supporter of the O3 scene. With an aggressive style and braggadocio lyrics he has come to make all MCs know he is ready for war.