Generally, kicking off a main event card with a not-so-anticipated battle can be a deficit, but these two queens definitely showed up and showed out. Queen of the Ring’s Jai Smoove (Brooklyn/Poughkeepsie, NY) decided it was time to get back in the ring, and humbly accepted Sparring Session Champ and Rising star, Robin Rhymes (Dallas, TX) to get toe to toe at BB Kings for the sequel No Holds Barred II card. This battle was definitely a good look for both ladies. Last year wasn’t such a good year for battle rap for Jai Smoove, but she’s definitely bounced back from her battle with Ms. Miami, to her amazing battle with WeGoHard’s Tia S and even Brooklyn Mic Club’s Fendi. Jai is working to convince people that her spot should and will be solidified as one of the top ladies in battle rap itself. One thing I can say about Newcomer Robin Rhymes is that she has that APPEAL to go far. She’s beautiful, she can rap and she knows how to garnish attention. The zeal she exhibited when she first stepped into the ring (by twerking and interacting with the audience) can definitely make a crowd want to listen. I can see Robin doing great things in battle rap.
The battle kicked off with Jai Smoove voluntarily going first. Now one thing I’m sure people love about Jai is the lyrical content she brings each time she battles. Some of it seems a little too intricate for the crowd, but if you check the game tapes Jai always comes to play. Robin’s debut 1st round in the ring was one for the books. From her set ups, to scheming and to punching robin definitely balanced out the balance. Her energy left the fans wanting to hear more. It may seem as she won the crowd over first RD. By the second round Jai Smoove somewhat lost the crowd after a minor stumble that may have fans believe what most people say: Jai doesn’t rise to the occasion. Personally speaking, I can tell you that when the crowd (a big crowd at that) doesn’t understand what your saying or react, it can somewhat throw you off. Nonetheless, that shouldn’t be an excuse. After her slip jai started to fuel the crowd a little more towards the end of her second, showing them that she is still in this fight. Now, bottom of the second is on Robin. Robin is doing pretty well so far. This round is definitely pretty solid until she stumbles as well. She definitely picks up where she left off, and she convincingly won the second round. Her lyrical content was overall better. The last round from jai was a disappointment. Some people don’t even call it a round. Jai gave the round willingly and ended it 8 bars in on purpose, which left robin clearly winning that round. Had jai brought a 3rd this battle would’ve went either way, but ultimately I gave the battle to newcomer Robin Rhymes.
Now people may think Jai shouldn’t be in the ring, but she just needs to find her Chi. She needs to know what works in the ring and how to work the crowd. Only criticism for Jai is to block out the crowd and maybe just slow down on the intricacy. As for Robin, I definitely see a shining star in her as well. The only thing is that she needs to find consistency. Throughout the battle heard a lot of filler, and she often jumped from topic to topic in her set-ups. Other than that, I can’t wait to see what is next for these ladies. By the way, you can catch Jai Smoove against QOTR’s Classy on the WeGoHard Platform. That should be a good battle because a closed room Jai is an unstoppable Jai.