BOTY 2009 Review!
This year I have been invited to Battle of the Year 20th anniversary! This event has had some legendary battles in the past. I remember when I first saw my first Battle of the Year. It was BOTY 1995 when Enemy Squad battled The Family in the final. I first saw it in 96. That’s where I saw one of my first big inspirations. Thunder from Enemy Squad was doing some amazing stuff and it was just different and ill. That was the first video I saw outside of movies like Beat Street. Finally I get to experience it first hand. I personally wanted to make it there for the battles.
Now that it’s all said and done. BOTY was an experience for me! A good one! I have never been to an event like this one. As far as magnitude, there is a few events but the amount of people there to watch the battles was crazy.
Now down to what went down from one on ones to the crew battles. In the one on ones the competition level was really high. It could of really gone to anyone. Based on some of the decisions it felt like it was about getting the crowd and just going big. As far as my battles I won my first round and lost in the second. I lacked energy after watching the footage I can understand why I didn’t advance which is cool with me. Personally I felt like I never stood a chance with some of the judges. Knowing this I still entered. Quick point of advice don’t enter if you don’t agree with the judges on what battles should be judged on. But business is business I gave my word that I would do it, so I couldn’t back out. In the end Lilou from France won! A big congrats to him!
The last day came finally! BOTY 20th year anniversary! I had to judge the crew shows and then the battles.
As far as the shows, Top 9(Defending Champs Russia), Gambler (Korea), All Area (Japan), and Phaze T(France) advanced. Best show went to Japan. I’ve read some comments on how certain crews shouldn’t of advanced. Based on the all the judges we all scored them and that’s just what the turn out was. Some shows lacked in certain fields. According to the system they have that’s what we ended up getting. I felt they deserved it personally.
The first battle was Gambler vs Phaze T. Good entertaining battle. I felt Gambler led in the beginning then Phaze T started to comeback in the middle but eventually made to many mistakes to take the win. Gambler advanced to the final for the second time at BOTY.
As far as the other semi-final battle was Top 9 vs All Area. This was a very good battle and it was close. In this battle Japan jumped to start the battle. This was the rematch from the final at R16. What I felt in this battle was that Russia just responded properly to counter japans rounds. It was still close though. If you base it on the battle factor for sure Top 9 won. Not by much but they hands down won. They had the eye of the tiger.
After the battle the crowd didn’t agree so they boo’d. If its towards the judges cool Ill handle my shit if you don’t agree and you got something to prove. Holla.. but to boo Top 9 was wack. Ive been in the same shoes so I know the feeling it’s a bit discouraging. I felt it lead into the final battle. When they called them out to battle they continued to boo.
You can see it in the way they danced in the beginning of the final battle. It took a few rounds to fully shake it off.
The Final was good. It was closer then it felt to people but it was good. I think the right decision was made in this battle. They lost that fire in their eye in this battle. Gambler didn’t so it went their way. Congrats to both crews for reaching the finals and congrats to Gambler for being the second crew to win 2 BOTY. Only other crew to do so was Battle Squad.
Here’s some picks from the trip!