"The final four freestyle contestants were announced, and a nasaly kid named Random who sounded like either Asher Roth or local legend Andrew Bagadonuts made quick work of a rapper whose name I didn’t catch. This lined up Random with Jai Carey, a stout emcee who won the Columbus Hip Hop Expo battle last week.

After they were announced, neither of the finalists immediately dissed each other. Instead, they spontaneously took advantage of the energetic backing band, which consisted of members of MojoFlo. Both emcees perfectly sequenced their rapid-fire raps over the horns, drums and guitars.

After about five minutes of this, Jai Carey finally dissed Random. I think it caught Random off guard, and he retaliated somewhat meekly. The two emcees exchanged more disses, but the judges eventually named Carey the winner.

The night culminated with at least a dozen rappers ciphering over the live band. For this Bustown hip-hop head, the entire event was a nice consolation prize for the Buckeye loss."


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