Queen of the Ring presented another formidable matchup at the No Holds Barred 2 event between SAN ANTONIO, TX up and comer Casey Jay and Don Ladyii, a veteran battler from Queens, NY who was not seen the ring since QOTR’s “Caskets or Classics” event in 2014. These two ladies squared up for what became an interesting bout, showing great contrast in styles and giving the audience a group of preferences to choose from.
Casey Jay kicks off the first round with her smooth and unique delivery, getting straight to her wordplay and punching methods. Presenting herself as more of a bar heavy type of battler, she showcases great wit and comfortability in her round.
“You could be Texas Toast in a New York minute”, was one of Casey’s clever lines that not only sparked a strong reaction from the crowd but establishing herself as a frontrunner for her region in the world of female battle rap. “Bring your whole team, I’ll go crazy on your camp/put spaghetti in you and ya dog mouth, I’m killin’ lady and the tramp” was another stand out bar from this round, and for the most part was strong in her presence but was shaky towards the end. Nonetheless, the round was solid and was understood; Casey did not come to play that night.
Don Ladyii has a great voice projection, with a sound that echoes around the room, which gives her a slight advantage over Casey in that department.
“It’s all about gettin’ this hoe in check/Either you pussy or never been to jail/Cause in the bookings the phone free, bitch you ain’t gotta call collect” was the opening bar of Don’s round that had the crowd hyped and ready for her return. She set a great tone with this bar and was received well. This is a solid definition of a preference battle; predominantly aggression and sharp lines versus delivery and wordplay. Although they both showcase various elements some are standout and work to their advantage in a great way. The crowd was engaged throughout Don’s round and showed a more comfortable presence in the ring to that of Casey’s, most of the time seen in Rookie versus Veteran type situations. “Your name Case/you known for giving bitches nod” was a particularly clever line from Don, showing that she has different tools in her arsenal. Along with classic Queens references and street content, Don remained in attack mode from start to finish. Judging by bars and wordplay Casey was superior but Don managed to keep the crowd a little more entertained.
As expected, Casey began her second round a lot stronger than her first and started to get a feel for the crowd and atmosphere. Her confidence level went up and she was able to deliver her bars with more fire and aggression. Whether Don Ladyii woke Casey up or not, she was much more in control of her content and composure. Dragging Stargirl Ladyred, Bill Collector and Ms Hustle into the dialogue made for great entertainment and proper reception from the crowd. It was evident that the Texas upstart was picking up steam. Casey seemed to joke more with Don and the crowd this round with personals and clever lines not as potent as the first, but it gave her second round a totally different feel, showing that she stays away from redundancy in her performance. Towards the end, she resorted to more personal content about her family upbringings, showing a personal side of Casey that the fans could connect to. It made for great versatility and showed that she could set her own tone. Don continued in her second round with the same aggression and had flashes of wit with lines like “I fold her like a futon/head shots won’t miss that dome/she Jimmy Neutron” (which was delivered really well btw) however it was a feel similar to her first, and didn’t showcase the same overall creativity and confidence that she began with. Her round was solidly executed but Casey gathered enough momentum to make the battle highly debatable to this point.
Casey Jay managed to maintain her confidence and aggression in the final round, developing a signature and technical delivery that could probably fit on a beat (if you listen close). “You suck so much d*#k, the sh*t you say is nuts now” was a standout line from this round, showcasing a unique punchline style, but unfortunately ended her round significantly shorter than the others.
Don Ladyii commanded more attention in this round, with rebuttals and more thought provoking and real content, in response to Casey’s second round. She also did a good job of switching to more jokey, light hearted content, a tactic in keeping the crowd entertained. Don has great cadence and projection which can be a problem for opponents who otherwise have a quicker or more complex presentation. It could be argued that Casey came into the battle with a chip on her shoulder facing a battler with a little more experience but she proved that she can be comfortable and go toe to toe with anyone on the roster.
All in all, Don’s veteran prowess shined through in this battle, and although the overall content was slightly
more advanced in Casey’s favor, Ladyii possibly gave Casey a lesson in performance that she needed to take
her to the next level. Casey Jay is one of the most promising upstarts in QOTR at the current moment and
from this battle we expect her to have much greater performances in the future. -CHIN
RD 1: DON LADYII
RD 2: CASEY JAY
RD 3: DON LADYII