This battle, beyond a reasonable doubt, rest in the upper echelon of quality battles. This is also an indicator that Grind Time is fighting back. As we all know, Grind Time has received much criticism for their lack of quality battles during the last several years. This battle definitely is an indicator that Grind Time does have worthy gladiators that can compete at a top tier level.
Strange definitely is a wordsmith. His ability to reverse sentences, use intricate wordplay and effectively punch after solid setups could present problems for many battle emcees. In contrast, Ivan Da Great’s ability to quickly scheme, minimize filler and land heavyweight punches also had the stench of top tier material. It’s evident that both of these emcees are experienced in the Battlescene.
Moreover, it’s also evident from Ivan’s first and third round personal attacks that this bout is an upstate New York rivalry and the contrast of both of these emcees styles makes for a near classic matchup.
This battle is debatable since both emcees brought an assortment of bars to the arena. However, Ivan clearly won the third with a host of personal attacks that centered around Ivan’s encounter with T-Rex and Chilla Jones.
Grind Time was known for being the most respected battle rap league at one point and we know S.M.A.C.K has taken that spot. However, any league that can produce quality battles consistently is what this culture needs to thrive and progress.
I should also point out that this battle beats out the majority of bouts on SM3 and could easily maintain the quality of most of the good bouts on KOTD’s last Battle of the Bay. For that, I tip my hat off to Grind Time. Keep the great battles coming and this one rightfully deserves to be placed in Bars on Deck! Respect!