In the early 2000s in New Orleans, Louisiana, you almost definitely fell into 2 differing trains of thought in regards to local rap music at the time.
If you liked more mainstream-based rap, you would have inevitably submerged yourself in the bounce-influenced, gangsta/dope dealing storytelling rap style that came through various musical labels like Take Fo’ Records, Cash Money Records and No Limit Records.
If you like more underground-based rap, you would have inevitably submerged yourself in rap from the likes of Truth Universal, Euphonetiks, Renaissance Records, Effortless Entertainment and many more.
Pinnacle Productions’ Mic Check battles were the pinnacle (pardon the pun) of underground rap in New Orleans in the early 2000s. Taking place at Cafe Brasil with battle-tested emcees like Lyrikill of the Euphonetiks crew, Bionik Brown, Money Mike, X-Kaliber, Proper English, XPosure and many others from the surrounding areas and colleges, this was the testing ground for emcees in the area.
In a flashback Friday fashion, some of these videos have surfaced via Youtube that were thought to have been lost forever via Hurricane Katrina & Rita in 2005. But, we have those classic battles right here.
Check them out and enjoy!!!!