Rap Battles Happen In Hot-Air Balloons Now
For the culture.
Throughout his decades-long history, battle rap has undergone some pretty serious changes. Rapping over a beat spun by a DJ, improvising to the bars of the top of the head, to the writing and meticulously rehearsing 15 minutes of content and the realization of a large online audience, the art form has evolved.
The next step in the chain of evolution? Hot. Air. The balloons.
Los Angeles-based entertainment channel Ruin Your Day, started by veterans of the rap battle cameraman/editor/organizer Kyle "Avocado" Gray, put all-around the battle of the legend of The Saurus against Laugh 'N Stem hundreds of feet above the ground in a never-before-seen format in the culture.
Both competitors draw ample material of the strange circumstances, with Laugh N' Stalk saying The Saurus's going to end up blaming his loss in the cloud, "bias" (a play on "a multitude of prejudices.") Saurus is back with jokes about Laugh N' Stalk less well-known reputation, saying: "we are in one of four people in the basket because he can't pack an audience."
Watch the full battle below.
While the location of a hot-air balloon may sound like a bit of a head-scratcher, there is actually a logic as to Ruin Your Day chief of Avocado is explained in the behind-the-scenes footage.
"The idea for the hot air balloon of the battle came about when me and Laugh N' Stalk in the Battle Of The Zae... brought Us the joke of the hot air balloon, how Madd Illz [former owner of GrindTime battle league] I thought it would be fun to do — not even funny, thought it would be okay to do a hot air balloon of the battle."
"Everyone was like, 'Why do you think that would be great? This is ridiculous.' And I was talking to Laugh N' Stalk and I was like, 'Why not do it? Wouldn't it be funny if what we have done?', and he was totally on board."
It turns out that there was no problem to get The Saurus to join in the project: "I wrote to Pete and I was like, 'Yo, I'd be down to b