In 2023, Lexx Luthor has emerged as one of the best and most underappreciated league owners, and his brainchild, his league, and the platform, iBattle, stands out as a shining example of a well-crafted battle rap ecosystem. Lexx has implemented an ideal model that not only cultivates but also creates an economy from its niche audience and dedicated core supporters. With a remarkable frequency of events, sometimes hosting two or three in a single month, iBattle has built a farm of organic, original, creative, and witty talent. ibattle also operates with its own internal ranking systems to keep a competitive balance. Additionally, iBattle’s high-power advanced app, (featuring background play) showcases a forward-thinking approach to delivering content. Despite this, they still generously share some of their battles on YouTube, reaching a broader audience.
Lexx Luthor’s commitment to elevating upcoming talents is evident in his consistent efforts to pair them with top tier names, effectively pushing their profiles and expanding their reach. The league’s PPV streams maintain a consistently high production level, providing viewers with a professional and engaging experience. Notably, the commentary team, composed of Jersey’s own, The Dutches and Chris, has delivered some of the best commentary throughout various events of this huge battle rap New York weekend. They added depth and insight to each of the battles. Perhaps most commendable is iBattle’s continuous success, with Cvlture 6 standing out as the best event of an entire weekend of battles. The organization was impeccable, running in a timely fashion, and every member of the iBattle talent roster, from up-and-comers to heavy hitters, rose to the occasion. Lexx Luthor and the entire iBattle staff deserve substantial credit and praise for their dedication to the art form and their undeniable success for yet again another year of 30+ events in a calendar year.
Quiet as kept, the best event of the weekend.
#2 A.Ward & Oppa Deliver As The Main Event
#3 Tay Roc Goes Ballistic On Febou
In an unexpected but highly electrifying move, Tay Roc took the stage at iBattle for a one-round battle against Febou, one of the league’s prominent figures. Known for his explosive delivery and relentless aggression, Roc went above and beyond, delivering a performance that surpassed all expectations. What was supposed to be a one-round affair turned into a near-unlimited display of haymakers and room shakers, showcasing Roc’s dedication to the craft and love for the battle rap. His round, equivalent to the length of a standard three-round battle, was a masterclass in entertainment, seamlessly blending humor, aggression, and energy. Roc’s AMG mode, featuring a 32+ bar segment of relentless multis, chain punching, jokes, and haymakers, not only captivated the audience but also solidified his status as the MVP of the night.
Tay Roc gave you a performance you can find that he gives to the big stage in this ibattle room. Tay Roc’s decision to grace the iBattle stage demonstrated his commitment to the culture, proving that he could bring his A-game to any platform, against any opponent. The fact that he gave 1000% effort to an opponent on a smaller scale speaks volumes about Roc’s respect for the art form and his desire to contribute to the growth of the battle rap. It might seem like something minor but this level of production in a battle with Febou is a small detail that further cements his legacy as one of the most impactful & consistent battlers we have ever seen.
Gotta give Febou some love here too, because he certainly wrote his heart out in this battle and left everything on the floor at the chance to get a victory over Tay Roc. And he should not be satisfied with the level of production he gave to Roc, but just as honored as the level of performance he received. Roc took him 110% seriously and put him on a highlight reel that will live forever.