(AllHipHop Features) A battle rapper’s status as an icon in the game is undeniable when even his rap peers name him as one of the greatest to ever do it. That's the case for veteran battler Illmaculate.
The rhyme spitter has been winning rap competitions since he was a teenager. At just 17, Ill took home the title at the 2004 Scribble Jam emcee battle event. He later won the Spin The Mic New York finals in 2006 and then teamed with The Saurus to win the World Rap Championships that same year.
It was these triumphs that helped Illmaculate make the G.O.A.T. lists of fellow prominent battle rappers Hollow Da Don, Dizaster, and Okwerdz. With co-signs from some of the top-tier battlers, it was only right to find out who Ill would put on his own Mt. Rushmore of battle emcees.
Accordingly, the Pacific Northwest native is the latest subject in AllHipHop.com’s “Profiles In Battle Rap” series. Besides listing his top 4 battlers in history, Illmaculate also shares his favorite battles and which two Interscope artists he would go head-to-head-with.
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Battling since 2001
Style Known For (ie aggression, wordplay, punchlines, freestyle)
Leagues Competed In
KOTD, Don't Flop, Got Beef?, Grind Time, Jumpoff, Ozone
Clay Pigeons, Skrill Talk, Green Tape
Favorite Battle (Participant)
Me vs Bender or Me vs Bigg K (both KOTD)
Favorite Battle (Non-Participant)
Loaded Lux vs Hollow Da Don
One Of Your All Time Hottest Lines
"I’m on my Kill Bill sh*t/Try to use that same 'Sorry player' corny combo/I'll put your DNA on display like the Maury talk show with a blade that was made by Hattori Hanzō."
Your Battle Rap Mount Rushmore
Eyedea, Murda Mook, Loaded Lux, The Saurus
One Mainstream Rapper You'd Like To Battle
Em or Kendrick.
Name One Battler You Think Could Possibly Beat You On Their Absolute A Game
Anyone can beat anyone on any given day.
Artists You've Worked With Musically
Sandpeople, Macklemore, Tech N9ne, Inspectah Deck, Sean P, Bigg K etc...
Your Battle Rap Hit List
Top 5 Emcees DOA
Pac, Pun, Big L, Jay Z, Nas
Do You Prefer To Participate In A Debatable Battle Or A Clear Victory?
A debatable classic
Where Do You See Battle Rap Going In The Future?
No idea, just along for the ride.
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Read other “Profiles In Battle Rap” articles here.
Watch Illmaculate’s "Under Their Radar, Over Their Heads" featuring J-Rome below.
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