Hollow Da Don, widely considered to be the best battler of all time, is making his KOTD debut against Pat Stay, the league's champ from 2013 to 2015, during which he defended the title three times, against Dizaster, Daylyt and Charron. Even before that record-setting run, Pat was considered the best battle MC to ever emerge from Canada.
It's a battle that KOTD founder Travis "Organik" Fleetwood has been trying to make happen since the earliest days of the league.
"I've worked on Pat Stay vs. Hollow for almost 7 years," he wrote in a recent Facebook post. "ANYTIME I had a budget to work with I was trying to make it happen. It's literally my 2 personal favourites and a match up that I've always said will [be] the best ever stylistically."
The key word to both Hollow and Pat's style is versatility. They mix aggression and comedy excellently, and are experts at creatively breaking down the style and personality of their opponents.
Fans got a preview of exactly how good the match-up could be last December when upstart U.K. league Battle Of The Brave popped up out of nowhere and booked the battle. It was a huge first move for the new league, although their inexperience showed when the event was plagued with long delays and last-minute changes. In front of a live pay-per-view audience, the host announced the battle was switching from the scheduled three rounds to one round from each emcee. Later reports revealed that it was payment issues behind-the-scenes that cut the battle short.
Even with all the drama, and in front of a crowd who'd been waiting all day, the two battlers put on one of the best clashes of the year.
Check out the trailer for the main event, and order the live pay-per-view here. The event is scheduled to go live around 2:00 p.m. EST. Check back with crackerzhood on Sunday for info on live updates from the event too.
The rest of the card features more big match-ups.
- Iron Solomon vs. B Magic
- Head I.C.E vs. Bigg K
- Math Hoffa vs. The Saurus
- Pass vs. Money Bagz
- Gjonaj vs. Danny Myers
- Bangz vs. DNA
- Shotti P vs. Xcel
At his best, Magic's flow and ability to punch in every line are amongst the top in battle rap, though some fans are wondering if he'll be on his game after a few recent lackluster performances where he didn't seen motivated. That said, this is one of his bigger match-ups in a while, and he seems confident.