King of the Dot

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King Of The Dot Entertainment
Industry Battle rap
Founded August 8, 2008
Founders Organik, Avi Rex, RyanPVP
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Key people
Organik, Avi Rex, Gully TK, Bishop Brigante, King Fly, J-Pro, Kyle Gray (a.k.a. Avocado), Sketch Menace, La Sparka, Willie B, Alwayz Wynn
Brands KOTD, GZ Battles, PY Battles
Divisions Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, California, Arizona, East Coast USA
Website KOTDTV.com

King of the Dot Entertainment, also known as KOTD, is a rap battle league founded in Toronto, Canada in 2008. 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.

About[edit]

King of the Dot is hosted by its founder, Organik. Past co-hosts have included various hip hop artists, including Drake, Method Man, Raekwon, The Alchemist, MC Hammer, Too $hort, E-40, DJ Skee, Sticky Fingaz, Spider Loc, Reef the Lost Cauze, Slaine, Sabac Red, Sid Wilson, Jus Allah, and more. The league began in August 2008 in an alleyway near Toronto Eaton Centre,[1] and now features over 150 emcees, battling in Toronto, California, Calgary, Arizona, Massachusetts and Vancouver.[2]

Primarily featuring Canadians and Americans, emcees from countries such as England, Scotland, Australia, Sweden, Norway, Philippines, and South Africa have all battled in King of the Dot’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.[1]

King of the Dot has three leagues — PY Battles (Try-Outs); GZ Battles (North American stand alone smaller league); and KOTD (worldwide big league).[3]

King of the Dot events feature all elements of hip hop culture, including a cappella emcee battles, freestyle battles over instrumentals, live performances by hip hop artists, beatboxing, graffiti exhibits, DJing, and breaking.[4]

Origins[edit]

Travis Fleetwood, a.k.a. Organik, built a reputation as one of Canada's elite battle emcees, winning title after title, including 4 wins at the well known Toronto-based freestyle competition Proud 2B Eh Battle MC,[5][6] where he met a local producer/DJ by the name of RyanPVP. The two teamed up with the help of promotion guru Avi Rex to put together the first event which was initially intended to be a flash mob style event at Yonge-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.[7][8] After a few events at that location, they were unable to accommodate the growing crowds, so Organik opted to re-locate to Alexandra Park for the wide open space and gritty location. The crisp visuals and production value, as well as local celebrity guest judges contributed to King of the Dot's rise.[9]

Format[edit]

The King Of The Dot battle is usually 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).[10]

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 hard copy. There have been six issues released to date. The magazine has articles discussing past events, interviews with various rappers and much more.[11]

Past events[edit]

In 2010, King of the Dot hosted its first Grand Prix.[12] Kid Twist was the first King of the Dot Champion.[1]

Several major battles events have been hosted by King of the Dot, including World Domination II in August 2011.[13] American rapper Illmaculate defeated Bender during this event,[14] which was featured in Forbes.[13]

On November 5, 2011, King of the Dot hosted Flatline (2011), which featured a battle between rappers Dizaster and DNA. This promo event was co-hosted by Canadian hip hop artist Drake, who put up $3000 of his own money for both rappers .[10][15]

On July 9, 2012, King Of The Dot hosted Vendetta, which was headlined by the mainstream rapper Canibus battling Dizaster. The battle spurred minor controversy in the Hip-Hop community, when Canibus appeared to forget his lines and pulled out a notepad to read his lyrics from.

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, Urbanology Magazine, Think Don’t Shoot, Guvernment Nightclub, and Trevor D Custom Jewellery.[16]

Blackout 4 took place on January 25 & 26, 2014. It was the first time that the matches other than the main events, were not released to the public.[17][18] Instead just the names of the battlers involved were released to the public. Each battler had a custom made introduction played on a big screen to bring them to the stage with.[19] 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 (2010)[20] 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 (2011)[21] Madchild vs. Dirtbag Dan

Kid Twist vs. 360 (Day 2)

Canada United States United Kingdom Australia Norway Sweden Philippines
World Domination 3 - Global Supremacy (2012)[22] 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 (2013)[23] Dizaster vs. Arsonal (Day 1)

Arcane vs. Pat Stay (Day 2)

Canada United States United Kingdom Australia South Africa Philippines
World Domination 5 - Global Supremacy (2015)[24] Shotty Horroh vs. Arsonal (Day 1)

Dizaster vs. Dumbfoundead (Day 1)

Iron Solomon vs. Daylyt (Day 2)

Illmaculate vs. Pat Stay (Day 2)

Canada United States England Scotland South Africa
World Domination 6 (2016)[25] Arsonal vs. Cortez (Day 1)

Iron Solomon vs. Charlie Clips (Day 1)

Pat Stay vs. Serius Jones (Day 2)

Rone vs. Caustic (Day 2)

Canada United States England South Africa Australia

Championship history[edit]

Key
     Indicates the current champion

King of the Dot[edit]

Name Country of Origin Event Won (Year) Title Defenses won
Kid Twist[26] Canada Canada KOTD Toronto Division, Vol. 5 (2009) 0
Hollohan [27][28] Canada Canada KOTD Toronto Division, Vol. 8 (2009) 1 (vs. Jack Shitt)
The Saurus[29] United States United States KOTD Toronto Division, Vol. 14 (2010) 0
Arcane[30] Canada Canada World Domination 1 (2010) 0
Bender[31] Canada Canada Blackout (2011) 0
Sketch Menace [32] Canada Canada Doomsday (2011) 0
poRich [33][34] Canada Canada Blackout 2 (2012) 1 (vs. PH)
Dizaster[35] United States United States World Domination 3 (2012) 0
Arcane[36] Canada Canada Blackout 3 (2013) 0
Pat Stay [37][38][39][40] Canada Canada World Domination 4 (2013) 3 (vs. Dizaster, Daylyt, and Charron )
Illmaculate[41] United States United States World Domination 5 (2015) 0
Rone[42] United States United States Blackout 6ix (2016) 1 (vs. Caustic)

*next defense against Head I.C.E. at Blackout 7

Ground Zero[edit]

Name Country of Origin Title Defenses
DDSS [43][44] Canada Canada 2 (vs. poRich, Aftershock)
Vacant

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Hip Hop Week: King of the Dot battle league reigns supreme | National Post". Arts.nationalpost.com. Retrieved 2015-11-28. 
  2. ^ "King of the Dot Gets International". AUX.TV. 2010-08-11. Retrieved 2015-11-28. 
  3. ^ "Fighting words aplenty at King of the Dot | Toronto Star". Thestar.com. 2011-09-09. Retrieved 2015-11-28. 
  4. ^ "Made for Entertainers Designed for Style - M.E.D.S.". Medsbc.Com. Retrieved 2015-11-28. 
  5. ^ "PROLIFIC VS. ORGANIK-"Proud 2B Eh Battle MC: Round 3"(Live In Toronto Jul/15/2006)". YouTube. 2011-05-28. Retrieved 2015-11-28. 
  6. ^ "Proud To Be EH MC #5 Road to the Finals PT 2". YouTube. 2007-05-22. Retrieved 2015-11-28. 
  7. ^ "Home". FLOW 93-5. Retrieved 2015-11-28. 
  8. ^ "KOTD - Rap Battle - Kid Twist vs Big Mac Part 1". YouTube. 2008-11-16. Retrieved 2015-11-28. 
  9. ^ "KOTDTV". Kingofthedot.com. Retrieved 2015-11-28. 
  10. ^ a b "KOTD - Rap Battle - Dizaster vs DNA *Co-Hosted by DRAKE*". YouTube. 2011-11-15. Retrieved 2015-11-28. 
  11. ^ "KOTDTV". Kingofthedot.com. Retrieved 2015-11-28. 
  12. ^ "King of the Dot to crown 1st Grand Prix Champion [Article/News] · HipHopCanada.com · Canadian Hip-Hop News, Rap Music". Hiphopcanada.com. 2010-06-12. Retrieved 2015-11-28. 
  13. ^ a b "Behind the Scenes at World Domination II, Part One". Forbes.com. Retrieved 2015-11-28. 
  14. ^ "KOTD - WD2 - Illmaculate vs Bender". YouTube. 2011-09-22. Retrieved 2015-11-28. 
  15. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20120425221452/http://chronicle.durhamcollege.ca/story.php?id=6549. Archived from the original on April 25, 2012. Retrieved December 27, 2011.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  16. ^ "KOTD - Rap Battle - Dizaster vs Arcane (Title Match) *Co-Hosted By Drake*". YouTube. 2013-02-12. Retrieved 2015-11-28. 
  17. ^ Tardio, Andres (2013-12-03). "KOTD Says "Blackout 4" Will Be Innovative". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2015-11-28. 
  18. ^ "King of the Dot announces new twist for Blackout 4 event Jan. 24-25 [News] · HipHopCanada.com · Canadian Hip-Hop News, Rap Music". Hiphopcanada.com. 2014-01-07. Retrieved 2015-11-28. 
  19. ^ "KOTD - Media - #BO4 Battlers Intros". YouTube. 2014-03-04. Retrieved 2015-11-28. 
  20. ^ http://versetracker.com/event/king-of-the-dot-world-domination
  21. ^ http://rapmusic.com/threads/k-o-t-d-world-domination-2-ticket-combo-packs.1289063/
  22. ^ http://versetracker.com/event/king-of-the-dot-world-domination-3
  23. ^ http://www.battlefix.com/world-domination-4-preview-for-day-1/
  24. ^ http://versetracker.com/event/king-of-the-dot-world-domination-5
  25. ^ http://versetracker.com/sites/default/files/event-flyers/king-of-the-dot/world-domination-6-263288350.jpg
  26. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qk7YMET7rQ
  27. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1evxSOMoKY
  28. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tP2qNVoYm1s
  29. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFYVuJQtav4
  30. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-x2E7j0Dqk
  31. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xv00qJWech8
  32. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Xg_bdofmQ4
  33. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8_9wXTjCMg
  34. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FL4XL76Izrk
  35. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uG6pByIFCdA
  36. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qL9_o_8GExQ
  37. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=145Tt8lBNCM
  38. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrDhEzASzMA
  39. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUoNGaempUA
  40. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ldNF1DBBEg
  41. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeNvs6p_OKg
  42. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xe2CGXrooc
  43. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_q2gENEFsk0
  44. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2FODObe_U8

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