In what many called the most entertaining Rapzilla Beat Battle ever, the fifth annual Flavor Fest competition concluded with K-Drama defeating GordonBeats in the finals.
“I bet you it’s going to be me and Gordon in the finals. I saw that coming,” K-Drama said. “I knew Gordon was going to bring it. He did stuff for Social Club and other artists. I was like, ‘I know he got some stuff.’ I didn’t sleep on him at all.”
“When I was going up against K-Drama, it was intimidating because that’s the OG,” GordonBeats said, “but I’ve also never met somebody as humble as that guy. I felt really bad that I lost, but I told him after the fight, ‘I’m so glad I lost to you.’ If I had to choose who I was going to lose to, it was K-Drama.”
K-Drama, a hip-hop artist/producer from Cincinnati, released his debut album, Threat 2 Society, in 2001. Since then, he produced tracks for Lecrae, Tedashii and Flame. While GordonBeats had produced for Social Club (“2004” and “Turtlenecks & Blazers”), the 24-year-old, South Florida-based producer comparatively was an unknown. His performance still forced a third and final round, though, as the Crossover Church crowd’s cheers were too close to call a victor after the first two.
K-Drama emerged from a field of competitors that included Anthony Cruz, Wxnder y, Wontel, DiamondOnDaTrac, Ryan Vetter and KevMo not only with his instrumentals, but also with his stage presence. He choreographed a dance for every beat.
“I had watched all of the Rapzilla Beat Battles prior to making my beats,” K-Drama said. “I wanted to see what everyone else did. I wanted to see what the crowd really enjoyed. And I was like, ‘What could I bring to the table that hasn’t been done before, at least to the extent that I wanted to do it?’”
K-Drama said he was inspired by a 2013 Dirty Rice performance, in which he threw punches at Tone Jonez on beat to a kick drum. K-Drama wanted to do the same, except with an actual punching sound that he sampled from the video game Mortal Combat. A consistent theme throughout his beats were familiar sounds from fighting video games, and his complementary dance moves won over the audience.
Stay tuned for footage of the fifth annual Rapzilla Beat Battle.