What do you do with your free time? Some people get crunk up on in this dancery, but if you’re anything like the first floor of Everett dorm, you lose yourself in an escalating series of rap battles and competitions.
Don’t call them a comeback — they’ve been here for months. The first battles began a few months into last semester, and it all started with a single word: arbitrary.
Founders Henry McKeand and Cameron Fulton attended the same high school in Apex, but the magic didn’t happen until they were both sitting in a college lounge. They happened to bring up the word “arbitrary” in conversation and it struck a chord, prompting McKeand to wonder just how many words he could rhyme with it. With the help of a word generator, he soon found out, and faster than you can say “Hermes Trismegistus,” McKeand and Fulton were having a rap battle between friends. Word spread, and it wasn’t long before the trend caught on amongst hallmates and their friend, Michael Bono.
The approach to rap battles is as varied as the number of rappers performing. Some prefer to freestyle, some approach it like slam poetry sesh instead of a rap battle, and others prefer to carefully plan out their flow.
The three founders each have different favorite rappers (Bono prefers Eminem; McKeand leans towards Ghostface Killah; Fulton is split between Eminem, Busta Rhymes and Childish Gambino) but they all approach their own rap in similar ways: by pre-planning.