Toronto, ON – Battle rap is getting showcased next month at the Toronto International Film Festival with the premiere of Bodied, the upcoming satirical film produced by Eminem and directed by Joseph Khan. As part of the festivities, a major street in the city will be partially closed from September 7-10 to accommodate pedestrians, performances and screenings. And among those performances will be a rap battle to help promote the movie.
Kid Twist, the film’s screenwriter and a former King Of The Dot battle rap champion, will be going toe-to-toe with fellow veteran Madness, who is one of the many battle rappers that appears in the film.
The battle is actually a rematch of their clash from Grind Time’s legendary Battle Of The Bay 5 event in 2009.
Following the battle’s announcement, both Kid Twist and Madness took to social media to offer their reaction to the news.
REMATCH ALERT https://t.co/fbHtySrkmm
— Twist (@alexktwist) August 22, 2017
— Tony Madness (@MrMadness) August 22, 2017
The rap battle will take place on King Street, somewhere between Peter Street and University Avenue. The section closed will become known as Festival Street, a “cars-free area for activations, performances, screenings, and more.”
Bodied is set in Oakland, California and is described on TIFF’s website as “a satirical exploration of the world’s most artistically brutal sport — battle rapping.” It features battle rap mainstays like Dizaster, Dumbfounded, Loaded Lux and Hollow Da Don, as well as actors Anthony Michael Hall, Charlamagne Tha God, Callum Worthy, Debra Wilson, and Rory Uphold.