Tonights battle, taking place at OMalleys Sports Bar and Grill, is actually a preliminary competition to the annual mega-battle going down in Orlando on March 6,7, and 8. Five insider judges will select the winners of each heat, but the crowd reaction obviously plays a big factor. Anyone can come down and compete, but according to the events coordinator, Dirt Daniels, it takes a certain set of skills to rock a mic: You gotta come with the funny, something clever, or maybe something real personal that people can relate with. And you definitely have to be able to freestyle. The lucky winner is guaranteed a spot in the finals, and a hefty share of street cred to boot. Or, if you want to come just to watch someone get riffed on in front of a live audience, you can do just that; in addition to watching live performances by Mad Illz, Parable, My Verse, Lex One, A1pha Num3ric5, and Dirt himself.
The throwdown takes place at 10 p.m. at 1388 State Rd. 7 in Margate. Theres a $5 cover after 11. Visit myspace.com/loungebattles. You can also check out the newly organized national rap battle league, A Grind Time, which keeps win/loss records and organizes events from here to San Francisco, at grindtimenow.com.
Sat., Feb. 21, 10 p.m., 2009