Hollow Da Don, one of the most acclaimed Battle Rap performers from the Ultimate Rap League (URL), recently spoke about "Summer Madness 3," Loaded Lux and his friendship with Drake in an exclusive interview with HipHopDX.
"Yeah, [Drake’s] the homie," Hollow Da Don said. "Some shorty on Twitter was like, ‘How’d you get Drake to follow you?' I didn’t even know he was following me." The two interacted on the social networking website and met soon after. "I seen him at Summer Jam a few days later so we linked up at the Summer Jam and kicked it," Hollow continued. "Yeah, we got to kick it and he’s really into this shit. You know what I’m saying? We were chopping it up and tearing shit up."
Hollow isn't the only Battle Rap artist who considers Drake a friend. Dizaster also told HipHopDX that he and Drake are"super close." Drake's OVO is set to sponsor King of the Dot's next event, "World Domination 4."
Drake recently debated with Kevin Durant about Hollow Da Don's match versus Tsu Surf. Drake said Da Don won the exchange while Kevin Durant sided with Surf. Hollow addressed the debate and explained what he felt it meant for Battle Rap.
"I just appreciated them shining the light on the culture," Hollow said. "I appreciated that, first and foremost. Kevin Durant [was] talking about 3-0. He stated a bias opinion and Drake was just like, ‘He won.’ I would have respected if KD was like, ‘I think Surf won.’ [But], he was like ‘3-0.’ Come on. Even Surf said I got the third round and Joe Budden said I got the second [round] off the Chris Webber bar."
The "Chris Webber bar" refers to a line in Hollow Da Don's second round against Surf. The bar discussed Tsu Surf's legal woes in Detroit, Michigan and Chris Webber's infamous "timeout" call when he played for the Michigan Wolverines, as reported when the debate took place. The face-off between Surf and Hollow can be seen below.
Hollow Da Don Explains Why He Won't Battle Loaded Lux At "Summer Madness 3"
Drake recently debated with Kevin Durant about Hollow Da Don's battle against Tsu Surf. Drake said Da Don won the match-up while Kevin Durant sided with Surf. Hollow addressed the debate and explained what he felt it meant for Battle Rap
“As far as 'Summer Madness 3,' I don’t think I’m on that card," Hollow said, before the card was announced. "I don’t know if they're still doing it or whatever. Even if they did, they couldn’t get the Lux battle put together because the paperwork he wants on his side...I told them, if anything, I’d do the card after 'Summer Madness .'”
While he may still battle on the URL stage, Hollow also said he hopes to expand his reach beyond the States.
“I definitely would want to do another league," Hollow said, speaking about potential battles in leagues like Canada's King of the Dot and England's Don't Flop. "I’m interested in traveling overseas and doing something in another country for sure. It’s gotta be the right opponent... I’m kind of more strategic with my moves. I won’t be just like, ‘I want a trip to London. Let me book a battle.’”