Drake Co-Hosts KOTD Battle, Lush One & Caustic Discuss Dizaster & "Blackout 3"

Exclusive: King of the Dot's Lush One talks with HipHopDX about Drake's appearance at KOTD's "Blackout 3" event and discusses Dizaster being booed. Caustic also provides his take on the event.

On Saturday night, Drake attended King of the Dot's latest Battle Rap event, Blackout 3, in Toronto. The Young Money emcee co-hosted the night's main event match-up between California's Dizaster and Canada's Arcane. Outside of Drake's appearance, the night also included some controversy surrounding the main event and an intriguing new match-up announcement for Battle Rap fans. King of the Dot host Lush One spoke with HipHopDX about the event, Drake's passion for Battle Rap and more on the KOTD title match. Battler Caustic also discussed his take on the controversy surrounding Blackout 3.

Lush One Discusses Drake's Love For Battle Rap, Says He Considers KOTD The Greatest Battle League

According to Lush One, Drake's appearance was one that he made because he has great appreciation for Battle Rap. Lush likened him to a "die-hard" fan. 

"Drake is an active follower and supporter of the scene," Lush told HipHopDX shortly after the event ended. "The type of conversations we have are very similar to the type of genuine curious and opinionated banter I exchange with the typical die-hard fans. It reminds me of sports fans discussing a game. He knows what's up." 

Lush went on to add that Drake has gone to great lengths to show his support for the King of the Dot movement.

"[Drake] even openly said on camera [that] he basically considers himself KOTD staff and that KOTD is the greatest league in the world. He clearly has hometown pride and is just a fan of emceeing and lyricism in general. It's obvious in his music, but the extent at which he rocks with it is staggering," Lush continued. "His manager Hush is the same way."

Lush One Describes Dizaster's Battle Against Arcane For KOTD's Championship

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Of course, talk of the night also surrounded the main event battle. The title was on the line as Arcane challenged Dizaster for the King of the Dot championship. Dizaster earned the title after defeating Canibus in the much-discussed notebook battle. Diz later faced former champion Po Rich for the championship chain, which he won last year. Arcane earned his title shot after defeating opponents during last year's Grand Prix tournament of battles. With Drake co-hosting, the match-up took place in what many are calling a controversial battle. It has been reported that Arcane won the match and KOTD chain but controversy surrounds the battle for other reasons. 

Reports indicate that Dizaster printed and passed out copies of a conversation log between fellow battlers Caustic and Arcane. The contents of the chat indicate that Arcane purchased bars from Caustic for a crucial battle in the Grand Prix tournament. However, Dizaster acknowledged on Twitter that he was not favored by the crowd and that he was booed, something Lush confirmed. 

"[Dizaster] seemed pretty upset after the battle but hopefully that subsides," Lush said, when asked about the battle. "Diz takes his battle more serious than one can imagine and tends to react in an emotional manner when unfavorable outcomes occur. I do understand his frustration and at the same time I think he was happy that he exposed Arcane for stealing bars. That was [his] ultimate goal. I just know that he could have won that crowd over and really overcome the situation." 

Lush added more about the battle, explaining how he saw the match-up and the judge's decision.

"It was an effective angle but it became redundant and Arcane had a consistent, damn near flawless performance for three rounds. Even though Diz had the hardest hits of the battle, he was much more erratic." 

Caustic Talks About Ghostwriting, Dizaster & Blackout 3 

Caustic also spoke exclusively with HipHopDX about the situation. While he was not at the event to witness it live, he talked about how he felt upon hearing the news that his name was brought up in the battle. 

"From what I'm hearing, it seems like no one really believes Diz and [fans] dismissed his angle immediately. Whatever 'information' Diz thought he had wasn't voluntarily given," he explained. "Even if you stumbled upon this gold mine of supposed ammo, why would that be the only thing you rap about the entire battle?" 

Caustic went on to share a bit of his own frustration with the situation.

"I've sold verses to a few bigger name battle rappers and trust me, they are worth a lot more than you think. So the real tragedy here is someone fucking with my hustle."

"If I found a way to get a drop on someone I was battling," he continued, "I'd probably take it but I'd be damn sure it was accurate information first."

When pressed about the accuracy of Dizaster's allegations, Caustic did not confirm or deny. When asked if he was saying the information was not accurate, he replied, "I'm saying I'd make sure I utilized that kind of angle correctly whether it's true or false. Personally, I won't say it if it ain't 100 percent." 

Dizaster agreed to speak with HipHopDX about this battle but has not released a statement as of press time. He has posted Twitter messages about the event, saying that he is not mad.


King of the Dot Announces Charlie Clips Vs. Hollohan Battle In March

This wasn't the only news that dropped this evening. King of the Dot also announced a match-up that Battle Rap fans can anticipate in 2013. Charlie Clips, a respected battler who has faced off on the Ultimate Rap League stage is now entering KOTD waters. His next opponent is a King of the Dot veteran, Hollohan. Their battle is currently scheduled for KOTD's Vengeance event in March. 

This weekend's Drake appearance at a King of the Dot event was not his first. Drake has also supported the KOTD movement in the past, including an appearance co-hosting the battle between Dizaster and New York's DNA. Other established emcees have also been a part of King of the Dot over the years. Madchild has battled on the KOTD stage and Raekwon has co-hosted as well. 

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36 Comments

  • CAUSTIC

    DIZ IS THE BIGGEST FAG

  • annarbour

    drake sucks, arcane sucks, diz for alltyme king of battlerap. KOTD slipped

  • Anonymous

    drake is a foony that clown wriths his freestyles fuck him

  • Mylie

    I heard from Rapmusic Drakes cornball ass got booed in his own city. The fans don't like him nobody wants to see drake for christ sake.we here for the battles.

  • Soul Khan

    Lush One is by far the biggest, fakest fucking clown I have ever seen, this fool needs to be dangled over the edge of a building and taught a fucking lesson, he is part of what's ruining the scene.

  • gay and proud

    love drake his so street, love this niggas fine ass

  • Mortis

    drake tucks his cock between his legs like buffalo bill long live diabolic freestyle rapper

  • SCHWARZ

    WHAT'S WRONG WITH BATTLE RAP? I WAS TELLIN THAT FCUKBOI "QUOTEMAN" A WHILE AGO RAPPERS CHECK FOR THAT BATTLE RAP WHEN I SAID JIGGA CHECKED OUT LOADED LUX' BATTLE & PUFF & BUSTA WERE THERE IN ATTENDANCE Y'ALL 2 BUSY WAITING FOR THAT EPIC, CHART TOPPING, CHANGE THE WHOLE GAME SONG U MISSING OUT ON THE HIP HOP CULTURE BEING ALL CAUGHT UP IN THE CELEBRITY/MEDIA INTERNET SWOON CASSIDY V MEEK MILL WOULD HAVE BEEN A GREAT DAY IN HIP HOP WHOEVER WON OR LOST

  • Sweden

    I think diz should demand rematch

  • -

    everyone posting there lame negative opinions on here are such nerd. the worst thing about the internet is it gives idiots a platform to spread there stupidity from there moms macbooks

  • otbva

    real shit arcane we knew you bought bars off caustic when you battled for the grand prix finals, its a chicken shit thing to do and we knew months before this title match happened when caustic spit the same line against Jefferson price which happened before you and the grand prix finals. shout to kotd and URL for making moves though.

  • Flamez

    Why people say Dizaster is overated when he dont even get the respect he deserve??All of yall talking about Diz needs to get a job is the same ones who probably not living as half as good as him,real talk.Nobody can match Dizaster's aggression,freestyle and evilness lol and thats real talk.

    • Anon

      @BigBangTheory I don't know if you checked the "Related" article about Smack and them at the end of the article, but these cats can earn a living battling alone. Would you rather be at work, or getting paid to battle rap?

    • Big Bang Theory

      Wow living half as good as Dizaster. Who still do battles for chump change. Im really over here at my desk laughing at this one. Really we are talking about battle rappers. Not Jay-Z. Nerd niggas man.

    • Anonymous

      Everyone does give him respect. He is a good battle rapper. But he is mostly style. That battle with DNA was a perfect example. He just wrote a bunch of over-the-top threats and screamed really fast about some irrelevant shit. He picks one theme and sticks with it for three rounds and fills the gaps with flashy bullshit.

  • 5d2w6z6t

    DNA bodied Dizaster

  • Anonymous

    Used to be a fan of Dizaster until he started bawling his fucking eyes out at every decision that didn't go his way and kept recycling his old rhymes. He is all style over substance. He just gets in peoples' faces and screams. He says racist shit all the time and freaks the fuck out when people flip it on him.

    • Anonymous

      Oh yeah? Check his Twitter after people were saying how poRICH won (poRICH sucks but Dizaster did one of his worst battles ever and didn't deserve to win) and see how he calls out EVERY SINGLE person on Twitter who isn't sucking his dick. Even talk about how "man he was off his game" and he will reply with some bullshit about "haters" and "whatever faggot I'm the champ" (I guess he's not doing that now, though.) Oh, and for anyone who wants to go see how fucking racist Diz is (while crying foul about the terrorist jokes people make about him) go look up his feud with Jin. He's a total bitch who lives with his parents and talks about how the scene is shit every time something bad happens in his life.

    • crescent

      bawling his eyes out after every decision . when has that happened hes one all his battles in the last 2 years that were judged ...so your straight talkin out your ass

  • dentaldamboy

    Drake is an international superstar AND one of the world's best battle rappers. Drake has challenged Pusha T, Common and Hov to battle rap before, but those old ass dudes are way too pussy to go toe to toe with Drake. When all is set and done, Drake will have made more money than Hov. YMCMB 4 life!

    • allyallstupid

      yo u lost ya mind homie...go to a drake fansite with your stanlike behavior on here.

    • SEK2NUN

      This isnt a gay porn site this is a hiphop site, I think ur lost

    • YESSIR

      you out ur rabbit mind. Drake couldnt stand a chance in a battle rap with those guys. it's laughable at best that you even suggested it. however, I will say that Drake is prolly the realest rapper alive and is signed to the best hip hop label ever in YMCMB. if drake had any problems with those guys, he would have ended them ages ago.

    • Anonymous

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    • Crescent

      Drake has said many time in multible intreviews that he doesnt battle rap .. your on some female drake fan type shit..hypin him up as the greatest of something hes repeatably said he doesnt do , ahahah

  • Anonymous

    All these battle rapping nobodies making allegations instead of trying to land a record deal and make ummm I don't know... REAL MUSIC.

  • Ray

    It's dumb as fuck to say someone is overrated when they've done nothing but win these past few years and I'm not even a Dizaster fan but this is the reality... LOL @ "get a job".... Diz is in all you guy's favorite battles rappers top 5 yet he needs to get a job LMAO battle rap fans are the most delusional fucks in history...

  • dumb dumbs

    diz is about as annoying as they come and has always thought himself better than he actually is. Get a job.

  • BOLDDEBAUCHERY

    dizaster's always been overrated

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