KOTD has come a long way since hosting its first event in an alley behind Toronto’s Eaton Centre in 2008. Seven years and 100 million YouTube views later, the Toronto-based league is now a leader in a vibrant scene that has taken off all over the world. This August marks the fifth edition of the “World Domination” series, which features three days of clashes between some of the globe’s top battle emcees.
Of the 19 battles at the event, there are four massive headliners. The first pits KOTD champion Pat Stay against challenger Illmaculate. Pat Stay was long considered Canada’s best battler before he won the title in 2014, and his three defences have only strengthened that reputation. But seasoned veteran Illmaculate could be the toughest challenge yet for the Nova Scotian giant.
All eyes will be on New York battle legend Iron Solomon on Saturday as he returns to the ring for the first time since 2012, putting his legacy up against Daylyt, the most unpredictable and controversial emcee in the game right now. Los Angeles battle superstar Dizaster also makes his return to Toronto in Friday’s main event against the hugely popular Dumbfoundead, whose previous KOTD battle from 2015 has already become the most-viewed battle rap YouTube release this year.
The final main event is a rematch of the most-viewed English-language battle ever, between Arsonal and Shotty Horroh. The original video has amassed more than seven million views since 2012. But the week kicks off at the New Era store (202 Queen St. W) on Thursday, Aug. 20 at 11:00 a.m. It will launch the release of a red KOTD hat that will be limited to 72 snapbacks and 72 fullbacks. KOTD battlers and personalities will be in the building to greet fans and sign autographs. Thursday will also feature a press conference where the emcees will get a chance to face off before their battles. These always provide lots of fireworks and shouldn’t be missed.
Location: The Mod Club, 722 College St. Toronto, Ontario M6G 1C5
Dates/Times: August 20-23, 2015
• Thursday, Aug. 20 – 11:00 a.m. – New Era/KOTD hat launch
• Thursday, Aug. 20 – 7:00 p.m. – Press Conference
• Friday, Aug. 21 – 7:00 p.m. – Day 1 Battles
• Saturday, Aug. 22 – 7:00 p.m. – Day 2 Battles
• Sunday, Aug. 23 – 4:00 – 9:00 p.m. – GZ Battles
• Sunday, Aug. 23 – 10:30 p.m. – KOTD 7th Anniversary Celebration
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