King of the Dot

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King Of The Dot Entertainment
Industry Battle Rap
Founded August 2008
Founder(s) Organik, Avi Rex, RyanPVP
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario,
Key people Organik , Avi Rex, King Fly, Gully TK, Bishop Brigante, Lush One, AspectOne, J-Pro, Avocado, Sketch Menace, La Sparka
Website www.KOTDTV.com

King Of The Dot Entertainment, also known as KOTD, is a North American Urban Entertainment company.[1] The company's HQ is based in Toronto, Ontario, from which it gets its name. Successful music artists such as 360 and Madchild have battled in King of the Dot and one even had his career ended in KOTD on June 9, 2012, Canibus .

King of the Dot is hosted by its founder in Toronto, Organik. Past co-hosts have included various hip hop artists, including Drake, Raekwon, Method Man, Sticky Fingaz, Spider Loc, DJ Skee, Reef the Lost Cauze, Slaine, Sabac Red, DJ King Tech, Sid Wilson, and Jus Allah. The league began in August 2008 in an alleyway near Toronto Eaton Centre,[2] and now features over 150 emcees, battling in Toronto, California, Calgary and Vancouver.[3]

Primarily featuring Canadians and Americans, emcees from countries such as England, Scotland, Australia, Sweden, Norway, Philippines and South Africa have all battled in KOTD’s annual World Domination event. The influence of King of the Dot has spread globally, inspiring the creation of other battles leagues such as Flip Top in the Philippines.[2]

King of the Dot has three leagues — PY Battles (Try-Outs); GZ Battles (North American stand alone smaller league); and KOTD (worldwide big league).[4]

King of the Dot events feature all elements of hip hop culture, including accappella emcee battles though there have been freestyle battles over instrumentals, live performances by hip hop artists, beatboxing, graffiti exhibits, DJ’ing and breakdancing.[5]

Origins[edit]

Organik aka Travis Fleetwood built a reputation as one of Canada's elite battle MC's winning title after title, including 4 wins at the well known Toronto, Ontario based freestyle competition Proud 2B Eh Battle MC[6][7] where he met a local producer/dj by the name of RyanPVP who teamed up with the help of promotion guru Avi Rex to put together the first event which was initially supposed to be a flash mob style event at Dundas Square in downtown Toronto, however the police presence and private security at the location forced the event to move down the road to an alley beside radio station Flow 93.5.[8][9] After a few events at that location the crowd became too bloated to cram into the tight spot, so Organik opted to re-locate to Alexandra Park[10] the wide open space and gritty location proved to be a sure fire hit with fans and emcees, their crisp video production and local celebrity guest judges helped KOTD's rise.[11]

Format[edit]

The King Of The Dot battle is a set of three rounds. There are varying round times, between 60 seconds and 3 minutes. The rules are not overall that strict and rappers are frequently allowed to stretch beyond the time limits, as was showcased in Dizaster's battle with DNA (co-hosted by Drake).[12]

Magazine[edit]

KOTD magazine is available to be read online on the official King of the Dot Entertainment website. There is also an option to order the magazine in hardcopy. There have been six issues released to date. The magazine has articles discussing past events, interviews with various rappers and much more.[13]

Past events[edit]

In 2010, King of the Dot hosted its first Grand Prix.[14] Kid Twist was the first King of the Dot champion.[2]

Several major battles events have been hosted by King of the Dot, including World Domination II in August 2011.[15] American rapper Illmaculate defeated Bender during this event,[16] which was featured in Forbes.[15]

On November 5, 2011, King of the Dot hosted Flatline (2011), which featured a battle between rappers Dizaster and DNA. This is promo event was co-hosted by Canadian hip hop artist Drake, who put up $3000 of his own money for both rappers .[17][18]

On July 9, 2012, King Of The Dot hosted Vendetta, which was headlined by the mainstream rapper Canibus battling Dizaster. The battle spurred controversy when Canibus pulled a notepad out to rap, a violation of the usual rules that rhymes had to be memorized. This battle essentially ended Canibus' career, as he retired shortly after without ever releasing his new album hundreds of people had pre-ordered.

Blackout 3 took place on January 26, 2013 and was located at The Guvernment Nightclub in Toronto. Hosted by Organik, Gully T.K., Lush One, Maestro Fresh Wes, Scott Jackson and Drake, KOTD sold out club that night with over 1400 patrons. Dizaster, from Los Angeles, California, was facing Arcane from Hamilton, Ontario, in the title match. This battle was judged by Dax Flow, Yas DCS, Adam Bomb, Knamelis and Shotty Horroh. Sponsors for this event were: Bke Technology, Metro News, Pound for Pound, 682 Records, Guerilla Printing, Marketing Kings, Urbanolgy Magazine, Think Don’t Shoot, Guvernment Nightclub, and Trevor D Custom Jewellery.[19]

Blackout 4 took place on January 25 & 26, 2014. It was the first time in battle rap that the matches other than the main events, were not released to the public.[20][21] Instead just the names of the battlers involved were released to the public, which helped make it one of the most exciting events in battle rap history. Each battler had a custom made introduction played on a big screen to bring them to the stage with.[22] It was at this event that Pat Stay made his first successful title defense against Dizaster to remain KOTD Champion.

World Domination[edit]

Event Main Event Countries Competed
World Domination - Canada vs The World Pat Stay vs Hollohan (Day 1)

The Saurus vs Arcane (Day 2)

Canada United States United Kingdom
World Domination 2 - North America vs The World Madchild vs Dirtbag Dan

Kid Twist vs 360 (Day 2)

Canada United States United Kingdom Australia Norway Sweden Philippines
World Domination 3 - Global Supremacy Pat Stay vs Head ICE (Day 1)

poRich vs Dizaster (Day 2)

Canada United States United Kingdom Australia Norway Sweden Philippines
World Domination 4 - The Olympics of Battle Rap Dizaster vs Arsonal (Day 1)

Arcane vs Pat Stay (Day 2)

Canada United States United Kingdom Australia South Africa Philippines

2012 Expansion[edit]

On February 9, 2012, King of the Dot announced the addition of a new division called "Fresh Coast", which represents California. This division is simply called the West Coast Division now. It is the first division to be located outside of Canada. Events are hosted by Aspect One, J-Pro, Malathion & Lush One.[23][24]

Current champions[edit]

Division Champion Since Title defenses
KOTD Champion Pat Stay Canada August 24, 2013 (World Domination 4) 1
GZ Champion DDSS Canada January 25, 2014 (Blackout 4) 0

Championship History[edit]

KOTD Champion Nation Successful Defenses
Kid Twist Canada 0
Hollohan Canada 1 (vs Jack Shitt)
The Saurus United States 0
Arcane Canada 0
Bender Canada 0
Sketch Menace Canada 0
poRich Canada 1 (vs PH)
Dizaster United States 0
Arcane (2) Canada 0
Pat Stay Canada 1 (vs Dizaster)

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