It has been a busy year for Queens, New York's DNA thus far. He has already had two high-profile battles in two of the world's most recognized Battle Rap leagues. In March, DNA battled Harlem, New York's K-Shine at SMACK/URL's "Unfinished Business" event. Soon after, he wrapped up his March by taking on Monterey, California's The Saurus at King of the Dot's "Vengeance 2." Recently, DNA spoke with HipHopDX about both of these battles and explained the difference between SMACK/URL and KOTD.
While speaking about his battle against K-Shine, DNA noted that Shine's third was so impressive, it was nearly impossible to defeat. He added that the props that were used in the battle may have helped Shine.
"My thoughts on K-Shine bringing out the props during our battle were like, 'Wow, this guy just took it to the next level with this move. How can I rebuttle it or make it seem like it didnt matter?' Honestly, it was no way to beat that round at that point. So, I have to give credit where it's due," he acknowledged.
The props that DNA is referring to appear in the recently released footage from SMACK/URL. In the battle, K-Shine ends his third round by bringing out a tri-fold poster board decorated with images and information about Deoxyribonucleic acid (D.N.A.). Shine also changed into a lab coat and wore safety goggles while using this information to diss DNA. That battle can be seen below and features an appearance from Wyclef and Lil Cease.
As mentioned, this wasn't DNA's only battle in March. DNA also took a battle in Toronto, Canada against The Saurus for KOTD's "Vengeance 2" event. The battle footage for this battle has yet to be released but DNA shared that he feels he won.
"I feel like I beat The Saurus [two rounds to one]," he told us. "I feel like, even though he predicted two lines I had in the first, I recovered from it by spitting a rebuttle and clearly took the third. The only round I feel like he won was the second and that was debatable too. I think The Saurus is an incredible battle rapper. I just feel like I had his number that night."
After having experience in both Battle Rap leagues, DNA said there is a difference between KOTD and URL.
"The biggest difference between URL and King of the Dot is [that] URL is more of a street crowd and King of the Dot is more of a college crowd. With that being so, it causes for the two to have two different fan bases but they're still effective in their own right."
KOTD's Lush One recently spoke with HipHopDX about DNA's battle with The Saurus and shared that both emcees would challenge one another. Lush referred to DNA as an "incredibly dangerous spitter" and said he was "the embodiment of this new era and the prototype of the new era Battle emcee and what it takes to be a well-rounded spitter." DNA's battle against The Saurus is presently scheduled to be released on April 15 by KOTD.
KOTD and URL also have upcoming battle events on April 20. URL has Bill Collector vs. Shotgun Suge at SOB's in New York, New York. According to Smack, other battles are still being organized for the event. A brief preview of the battle appears at the start of the K-Shine vs. DNA video above. KOTD also has an event on April 20 in the West Coast. Their event, "Alcatraz," will feature battles like Remy D vs. Pass, Dirtbag Dan vs. 100 Bulletz and Caustic vs. JC in an event that will take place in Oakland, California. An updated video flyer for the event can be viewed below.
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