The more time I spend stopping around downtown San Diego the more I realize how much talent our community truly breeds, especially in the hip-hop scene.
Just last Saturday I attended Biggie & Tupac Tribute Exhibit + Rap Battle at Just Another Gallery – a high end art gallery and glass art exhibition. The battle was hosted by Ramel J. Wallace, and was by far one of the most unique hip-hop events I have had the pleasure to be a part of. The energy in the room was unlike anything I’ve ever felt. Even though the venue was jam-packed with attendees (of all types of age, race and cultural backgrounds), the atmosphere felt intimate. Furthermore, the intimacy between the audience and battlers and the lack of stage catalyzed a very competitive dynamic between participant emcees.
There were several battles that took place at the gallery. Each and every one of the emcees radiated undeniable charisma and the bars that came with it were fire.
One particular battle that stood out the most to me was between Ric Scales and Knox Overstreet. It was the only battle that ended in a tie, but was then resolved in Ric Scales going to the finals in the second round. However I will keep it real, as much as I am a fan of Ric Scales, whose EP “Leave It All Behind” I am in awe of, I thought Knox Overstreet deserved championship. That kid had the wittiest bars and comebacks; not to mention his confidence was like a centripetal force – aspiring and magnetic. Nonetheless, Ric Scales did much better in the second round, hence it was a fair game.
Just Another Gallery is planning to hold these types of events once a month so if you’re in San Diego and would like to be part of the scene, come down to Barrio Logan and have a good ol’ time appreciating the arts and the culture.
Watch the full battle below.