When Drake announced that he was co-hosting King of the Dot's matchup between Dizaster and Arcane, fans flocked to buy tickets for the venue. Perhaps much of the interest was generated by Drake's involvement but the Battle Rap world knew that a championship chain was hanging in the balance. Dizaster was the reigning champion, holding onto the chain after a battle with Po Rich and Arcane was the challenger who survived Grand Prix tournament battles. While the battle was meant to become a headline item for King of the Dot's Blackout 3 event, it quickly became the cause of controversy. Dizaster recently spoke with HipHopDX about the battle, the controversial outcome and how he rolled to the match-up with Drake and his friends.
The source of some of the controversy surrounding the battle stems from allegations of ghostwriting. Dizaster revealed that fellow rapper Caustic had written verses for Arcane. He had Facebook conversations and PayPal statements to prove that Arcane purchased bars from Caustic to win Grand Prix battles. However, the crowd booed Dizaster and confused by the moment, Diz says he lost it.
"I was shocked," Dizaster explained to HipHopDX after the battle took place. "I was confused. I was startled. I never get thrown off. I can hang with any crowd in the world. Everybody knows. It doesn’t matter if someone boos me. So to get thrown off that hard...I was thinking in two different places. I wasn’t there rapping anymore. I was rapping so I didn’t choke. I continued rapping but my brain was somewhere else. I was asking myself questions like, How is this happening? What did he do? Why is this going down? I didn’t get it. It was really confusing."
Still, Dizaster says that he went into the battle with confidence. Drake accompanied him to the venue and they were all excited about what was going to take place.
"We actually showed up together," he said. "[Drake] came and swooped me up from my spot. Then we hit the venue together and then a lot of shit happened at the venue so we went separate ways and I didn’t get to talk to him. But I’m pretty sure he didn’t care much about the outcome. It didn’t really phase him. He knew what I was going to do. On the way there, I showed him and his boys all the Facebook messages and the PayPal statements. Everyone was super excited. It was supposed to go a certain way and it went the complete opposite. It’s pretty shocking for everybody. I’m pretty sure he was uncomfortable during the battle, which sucks."
This wasn't the first King of the Dot battle Drake attended. He previously co-hosted another Dizaster battle, one against New York's DNA. Since then, Dizaster says they have become "friends," adding that they have "mutual respect."
"Drake is really supportive of what we do," Dizaster continued. "He’s very in tune with real lyricism, on the contrary to what is projected and what people may think of him as a mainstream dude. He really has his roots stuck to that and he really cares about where lyrics come from. I’d say me and him are super close friends. He’s a good dude...There’s definitely a mutual respect level between us."
Expect more from HipHopDX's interview with Dizaster later this month. His battle versus Arcane can be viewed below, courtesy of King of the Dot.
The evening the battle took place, HipHopDX spoke with Lush One and Caustic about the event, the controversy and Drake's passion for Battle Rap.