Dynamic Duos –
Until the last year or so, two-on-two battles were largely a thing of the past that mostly still only existed within the fringes of battle rap, but by taking on countless teams and adding a high level of theatricality to the two-on-two scene, DNA and K-Shine have helped to reestablish an interest in this form of battling. Now, URL looks to take things to the next level for “doubles” battle rap with Double Impact, which is possibly the first major event to feature a card made up of all two-on-two battles. While some of the teams seem like obvious choices to include based on the teammates’ previous involvements with one another, a few of the other team come as a bit of a surprise. Still, despite the questionability regarding some of the pairings of battlers, the quality of people competing at Double Impact should help to ensure some amazing matchups for the event.
Surprisingly, at least half of the teams that will be battling at Double Impact are made up of two battlers who have previously faced each other in battles, and this is actually the case for both of the teams in the main event, which will feature DNA & K-Shine against Tsu Surf & Tay Roc. As I stated before, the former of these two teams are largely responsible for the current popularity of two-on-two battles, so they may be a tough team to compete against. However, it’s important to keep in mind that Tsu Surf and Tay Roc are two of the most popular battlers in URL, and their battle against one another is one of the most highly contested battles in recent history. Following their match with one another though, they seem to have become quite close as can be observed in a recent interview they gave alongside one another (INTERVIEW HERE). Overall, I think Roc and Surf have the potential to individually get the crowd behind him, but given that they are such large personalities on the URL stage, I’m doubtful that they can work cohesively as team to compete with the chemistry that DNA & K-Shine have, leading me to predict that DNA & K-Shine will likely walk away with the victory.
2 Unique Pairings
To me, the most unexpected team that will be at Double Impact would have to be the team of Charlie Clips & John John Da Don, who will be taking on Big T & Th3 Saga. While Big T and Th3 Saga don’t seem like a natural pairing on paper based on their very different styles, you could perhaps argue that it’s a good fit based on the fact that they are both members of NWX (alongside DNA & K-Shine of course). On the other hand, it’s hard to imagine how Clips & John John got paired up as a team, especially considering that they have already battled one another on two separate occasions, first in a Quiet Room battle (BATTLE HERE), and then in John John’s Bullpen Battle League (BATTLE HERE). Despite being caught off guard by their joining forces as a team, I think the styles of Clips & John John have the potential to complement each other well, so I’m picking them for the win in this match.
WB vs. NC
Another match involving two teams made up of former opponents will feature T-Top & Brizz Rawsteen (BATTLE HERE) taking on Chilla Jones & B-Magic (BATTLE HERE). When you consider that they are two members of Writers Bloque, I think it would be very difficult to face the combined writing of Chilla & B-Magic, but the difference in their flows and delivery seems like a very weird pairing. Also, B-Magic seems to have lost a lot of interest in battling lately, as evidenced by his increasingly common sloppy performances such as his recent battle with Brixx Belvy (BATTLE HERE), in addition to the fact that he has also expressed a desire in retiring from battle rap in the near future (INTERVIEW HERE). When you combine these obstacles with the fact that T-Top & Brizz Rawsteen have a long existing relationship with both of them coming from North Carolina, that will probably have a positive impact on their chemistry as a team, enabling them to get the win from Chilla Jones & B-Magic.
The Return of Legends
For the last two Double Impact battles, I’ve gone back and forth in my head on who I think will win, so I very likely may change my mind again. As it stands now though, I think Marvwon & Quest will beat Chess & Steams, while Math Hoffa & Cortez will lose to Aye Verb & Yung Ill. For the first one, I question whether Marvwon & Quest will be able to obtain the same reception on the URL stage that they have captured as a team in the past, but given that they have years of experience as a team and have really helped to father the two-on-two format, I think that experience will enable them to beat Chess & Steams. The last battle on the Double Impact card should be interesting too as it will allow fans to see the return of two battlers who have been absent from the URL stage for some time: Math Hoffa & Yung Ill. As these two haven’t been seen in the URL in a while, we can likely expect both of them to come with something to prove in order to reestablish themselves. If you then look at the individual chemistry of the two teams, it seems pretty even with both teams being based off of long existing relationships, so a deciding factor may be the other two people on the teams. Cortez has been doing pretty good lately with a bodybag against Uno Lavoz, followed by a strong showing against Chilla Jones (battle here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eu09g29tllM). In comparison, Aye Verb has been getting considerably less praise recently, but throughout the course of the last year, there has been a lot of talk about him trying to get a battle with Loaded Lux. With that lingering over his head, Aye Verb has a lot of motivation to prove himself worthy of such a high caliber opponent, so I think this battle offers a lot of incentive for him to come with a strong performance. When you combine that with the charisma and performance that Yung Ill brings to the table, I think there’s a good possibility of them leaving victorious. To view the full trailer and review the matchup card for the event (along with my predictions for the matches), check out the info below.
URL Double Impact matchup card (& predictions)
- DNA & K-Shine vs. Tsu Surf & Tay Roc (DNA & K-Shine)
- Big T & Th3 Saga vs. Charlie Clips & John John Da Don (Clips & JJDD)
- T-Top & Brizz Rawsteen vs. Chilla Jones & B-Magic (T-Top & Brizz)
- Chess & Steams vs. Marvwon & Quest Mcody (Marvwon & Quest)
- Math Hoffa & Cortez vs. Aye Verb & Yung Ill (Aye Verb & Yung Ill)