Hitman Holla and K-Shine worked hard to produce the first annual battle rap celebrity basketball game on Friday, August 9th during the Summer Impact weekend. The hope was that this game would be entertaining, and be a perfect fan give back… and it was.
The game consisted of two teams: Team NOME and Team Summer Madness.
Team NOME included several key veterans: K-Shine, Shotgun Suge, Murda Mook, Arsonal, DNA, ShowwOutt, Cortez and Burke Bucks. The stand out from the team was a toss-up between ShowwOutt (Hitman Holla’s brother) and K-Shine (who burst on the scene today hurkin’ and lurkin his team to a near victory). Honorable Mention would go to “Take it for The Team” Cortez, who slipped, fell, and got his knees broke, but continue to be one of the higher scorers of the team with 6 points.
Suge and Arsonal represented Jersey well, with Da Rebel playing almost the entire game.
On Team Summer Madness, Hitman Holla ran a tight ship which proved to snatch the win… though it was a dastardly fight to the end. His team consisted of Calicoe, Goodz, Charlie Clips (who played so hard), Aye Verb, Loso and Jai 400. Jaz the Rapper and Brizz Rawsteen were also on the team though they did not play.
Loso was getting busy… but the clear MVP was Chef Trez.
We are used to Chef Trez giving us three of those things. But tonight, he gave more than three… over and over again as he ooo’d and ahh’d the crowd with his exceptional balling skills. Believe it or not… he might play almost as well as he emcees… almost.
Hitman did a great job as the lead of the team by having his team arrive early and run some plays. The chemistry was outstanding, which made it clear that someone played ball for real.
The night was clearly amazing. One thing that the organizers must consider for next time is how many people can come into the events, before shutting people down. The good vibe was almost interrupted during half-time as some players were stuck at the door… while security was nervous that crowds had reached capacity. Luckily, calmer heads prevailed and the game went off without a hitch.
It had all of the fun, laughter, and joy for battle rap fans of as an “NBA All-Star Game.” Can’t wait to see this one grow into its potential.
The final score was 63 to 61. Congrats to Team Summer Madness for their first clear win.