Artwork by Battle Rap Bum
“Life has many chapters, and one bad chapter doesn’t end the book.”- Buddah
Jakkboy Maine’s stands at the crossroads of a pivotal battle in his volatile career, filled with a rollercoaster of high points, and low points unique peaks, and moments of resiliency. One could say this battle with Tay Roc could be his biggest battle since his John John Da Don battle at NOME 9, back in 2019. Although we are 4 years removed from one of the lowest points of his career, make no mistake that Jakkboy took the road less traveled to return to this point to be able to remerge, rebrand & stay committed to his craft. No matter how hard the past, you can always begin again.
One can say he may have not been aware of the significance of these big moments early in his career but when you observe all the things that bring you pain, you realize when life tries to teach you something, and the maturity and growth shown over the last few years shows he understands the moment. Jakkboy is poised to redefine his career
Jakkboy Has All of The Skills To Not only Compete But Win
Jakkboy has always possessed a unique skill set that showcases his ability to craft intricate cadences and unleash relentless and unique flows & rhyme patterns. It’s always been considered a breath of fresh air but there have always been questions, is it conducive to winning? can his style sustain enough momentum, firepower & energy to compete at the highest level for 3 rounds? A win over Tay Roc would be massive but this battle has a bigger picture than the ideology of just “winning” It’s about sending a message to the culture, to the league, and to other TopTier opponents, that he belongs amongst the elite and can hold his own against the best. Jakkboy Maine’s skill set has often shown glimpses of brilliance, which can lead me to believe it can fully translate into high-stakes moments like this one.
To detail some of his unique ability that can show up at a high level, let’s start with his rhyme patterns, what makes his patterns stand out so much is that he turns his words into a cadence. He’s the melody to his own symphony. when he finds the right sequence it’s powerful, mainly how hypnotizing it can be once you realize he started chain punching. He usually transitions into these sequences with a subtle start, so you don’t notice it right away, and once you’ve realized you are within a sequence, he lets his energy, his performance, convey to the audience, and it’s highly effective.
CHAIN PUNCHING VS CHESS CHAIN PUNCHING VS AWTHENTIC
Transforming his words into an energetic, & relentless moment that has his opponents reeling. It’s this very quality that holds one of the keys to his success against Tay Roc.
Jakkboy Can Angle effectively.
In 2021, one of the most resounding reasons that solidified Jakk’s title for The LTBR Most Improved Battler (MIB) of the year. was his newfound proficiency in executing angles. He had learned to add intriguing twists and new dimensions to his performance, and one notable example was showcased in his battle against Ooops. In that memorable battle, Jakkboy demonstrated his ability to connect his vulnerability with his opponent’s weaknesses, painting a vivid and gripping picture for the audience. This skill was, until then, underutilized in his repertoire, but it can become a powerful tool in his arsenal if he finds the right topic to have a conversation with Tay Roc. In most recently, you can withness Jakkboy’s battle against Chef Trez from this year and also see him showcase his angling
Tay Roc may not have played a significant role in the DMV (D.C., Maryland, Virginia) movement, but Jakkboy understands the profound influence that Tay Roc holds on the DMV scene as a whole. The respect factor is sky-high, and both battlers know they can push the boundaries, and get very close to tip-toeing the lines without crossing them. It’s a mutual understanding that sets the stage for an all-out barrage.
The subtle Influence Tay Roc has on Jakkboy Maine
Jakkboy’s first encounter with Tay Roc was when he witnessed him battling B-Magic in 2013. It was a pivotal moment that reignited Jakkboy’s passion for battle rap and solidified his desire to become a battler himself. And over the years after Jakk made it to the league, he’s had countless times where he’s stood there, in the midst of Roc’s energy, and Jakkboy has always felt a surge of confidence. He always believed he could match Tay Roc’s boundless energy because he grasped the essence of battle rap and had enough awareness to know this is a game of momentum swings and the transmission of energy between the battlers and the audience.
The essence of Jakkboy’s strategy lies in harnessing his moments of vividness. When he hits that sweet spot, his flow seamlessly, creativity, It’s in these moments that Jakkboy shines, and he’s aware that he needs to maintain this cadence throughout the battle to secure victory.
Tay Roc, on the other hand, is no stranger to intense battles. He has faced some of the best in the game and emerged victorious. However, facing any of the newer era talented emcees that have emerged during the era of the DMV movement, lies a a deeper level of inspiration. Everyone from this region considers Tay Roc to be the greatest of all time. And knowing you get a chance to show you can compete with someone you revere as the GOAT, it then becomes a battle that transcends mere words. It becomes a moment to challenge the established pecking order. It’s a moment that can elevate him to the upper echelons of the league.
As the lights dim and the crowd roars, Jakkboy Maine steps into the spotlight, ready to lay it all on the floor. He knows the road ahead won’t be easy, but he’s used to the road being difficult. The Devil vs Dracula