URL Make Social Media History with NOME 12

The Ultimate Rap League made an explosive return to Houston on Saturday, July 9, making history with the twelfth installment of its flagship Night Of Main Events card.


Fans packed the Bayou Music Center in Houston to see a card filled with fight rap legends alongside some of the genre’s rising stars. NOMEXII was trending even before the event started with fans on Twitter debating their predictions for the night. They were also eager to see the return of Harlem’s K-Shine, a long-awaited grudge match, and see some of the best rappers of the Smack DVD era take on the new era.

The event started going #1 in the US just thirty minutes into the show after URL host and co-founder Smack White announced NOME12 as the official hashtag of the event. URLs. It was the first time in history that an extreme sports organization trended on Twitter for #1 on the same night with two different hashtags. The event would continue to rank throughout the evening and held the top spot an hour later.

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“This proves once and for all that the URL brand is unmatched,” Smack said of the historic flex. “Not just in fight rap, but also in the extreme sports space. We are our own competition.

Some members of Houston’s hip-hop elite were also in attendance with stars like Trae the Truth, lil Flip and J Prince Jr in the house.

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One of the most anticipated NOME 12 matchups was URL’s Ultimate Madness 5 tournament finals between one of fight rap’s top pens, JC, and South Carolina underdog Swamp. Longtime fight rap enthusiast and former NFL player Gerald McCoy added an additional $20,000 to the prize money for a total of $120,000.

Ultimately, JC would claim victory in a unanimous decision to win the $120,000 prize as the winner of Ultimate Madness 5.

JC against Swamp – Final UM5

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BREAKING: JC wins against Swamp with a unanimous decision and is now the UM5 champion and goes home with the $120,000 https://t.co/N9u8dPbhZ6

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West Coast legend Dizaster took to Twitter to offer his flowers to JC after his win. “Congratulations to @ThekidJ_c on a well-deserved accomplishment in his career. For me, jc has always been a talent that I have shown respect for, to preserve the fundamentals, to push the boundaries of writing, to not comply/compromise. good to see a mc from our fabric win🏆”

Congratulation to @ThekidJ_c for this well-deserved step in his career. For me, jc has always been a talent that I have shown respect for, to preserve the fundamentals, to push the boundaries of writing, not to conform/compromise. it feels good to see a mc from our fabric win🏆

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However, Swamp was a worthy finalist, fighting through the tournament and into the night.

Swamp is off to a great start with NOME and is making it to the finals so far! 🔥

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I know it sounds weird, but even if you had a 2-0 in the swamp going into 3rd and let’s say you edged out 2nd at the swamp…the swamps slip in that 3rd might tip someone to 2nd of jc and now you feel jc 2-1 even though you had overwhelmed 2-0 in 3rd 😂 that shit Crazy man

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Meanwhile, JC’s next sack is rumored to come from the much-hyped match with Tsu Surf, a JC has wanted for years, or an epic bullpen clash against Harlem legend Loaded Lux, and a battle endgame for elite writers.

Danny Myers vs. Nunn Nunn

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The night began with California’s Danny Myers versus North Carolina’s Nunn Nunn, a firefight that was a fest of rebuttals from big-name freestylers.

Nunn Nunn came up with this….and then Danny Myers came up with THIS‼️ REFUTION OF THE NIGHT‼️
@Its_NunnNunn @metaphormessiah
#NOME12 #CaffeineTV #URL #SMACK #NOMEXII #battlerap #rebuttal #caffeine #NunnNunn #DannyMyers #Houston #rebuttal https://t.co/kaAkG1PmOa

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Danny bought almost unparalleled energy for the night, as noted by Nunn Nunn. “Bruhh Danny jumped off the stage, crossed the entire front row and then teleported onto the stage in the middle of the lap”

I had Danny with the W. Both are not at their best. I give it a 6.5 out of 10. Danny raps, rhymes, and refutes better. They both had landlines. I beat Danny the 1st 2nd clear and beat him the 3rd. Thinks the 1st was the closest rd. Not mad at Nunn taking 1st. #NOMEXII

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K-Shine vs True Sikh

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K-Shine made a triumphant return with the crop giving them a clear win over New Jersey’s Real Sikh in the first of the Smack DVD Era vs. New Era matchups. He gave a masterful performance over all three runs, giving fans the feeling that the former Shine is here to stay.

This is the best the Real Sikh has watched on stage IMO. He fights through a great performance from K-Shine. I have Shine 2-0 but I’m not CRAZY against Real Sikh #NOME12

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Real Sikh talks about the mic’s technical issues but also gives K Shine her flowers. #LTBRNEWS https://t.co/gVuhAbKzsd

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“I’m sorry my love, but I have to take your soul for real.” 🔥🔥 #NOME12 #NOMEXII #battlerap https://t.co/LcX7WoCZh0

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Geechi Gotti vs. Hollow Da Don

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The second Era vs. Era matchup came from Houston’s Hollow Da Don vs. California’s Geechi Gotti and despite the fan vote, it turned out to be highly questionable. While Caffeine’s fan vote gave the win to Hollow, the second of the Smack DVD era rappers to win on the night, others gave it to Gotti.

Hollow Da Don Wins Caffeine Fan Vote Over Geechi Gotti. #NOME12 5458- Hollow Da Don 2640-Geechi Gotti https://t.co/hZEu5empim

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I noticed that Geechi gave us VINTAGE Geechi these last 2 battles (hollow and real enemy) real conversational 3rds in every fucking bar in the 1st and 2nd. ?..his style has been copied so much that we don’t appreciate the original ⁉️

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Hollow is doing really great.. he’s been in a bad slump.. haven’t seemed the same in a very long time.. through the ups and downs in and out of fight rap, you gotta be happy for man to be so dope tonight

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Geechi 3rd round 🔥🔥🔥

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Goodz vs. Eazy the Block Captain

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Then it was a case of “slick talk” versus “the talk different” with Goodz da Animal from the Bronx versus Eazy the Block Captain from Philadelphia, two rappers from two different genres known for their distinct ways of talking to their opponent.

Eazy The Block Captain wins caffeine fan vote on Goodz. #NOME12 6914- Eazy 3257- Goodz https://t.co/KyyHvTQtQ9

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Unless we had to split it up and dissect the rounds to decide the winner, Eazy vs Goodz is a good ass battle and gave us the epic Philly vs New York feel. That’s what I liked the most.

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this race on which Eazy is simply amazing. who will stop him?

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I’ll keep a Goodz bean fire like shit 😂😂😂

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Eazy became the first person to clearly beat goodz in a while and I’m from the Bronx.

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“We already let you call your cologne Gentlemen’s 30 and you never had one..” 💣💣 #NOME12 #NOMEXII #battlerap https://t.co/TY2HhVOm2K

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Tay Roc vs. T-Top

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Maryland’s Tay Roc and North Carolina’s T-Top settled a grudge in the main event that spanned a decade and many fans followed Roc’s path.

Tay Roc is truly the GOAT who has been the face of the league in almost all eras. GunTitles must be the greatest reunited group of all time https://t.co/EJLqK0bKNj

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Tay Roc reflects on his 9th NOME appearance and starts having fun with fight rap again. #LTBRNEWS https://t.co/GQi3dUed7t

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Roc got a perfect on T Top. It happens like that sometimes.

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#Nome12HIGHLIGHTS: Tay Roc @TheOnlyTayRoc with the Big Body Bitch vs. T Top remix was a room shaker. #tayroc #ttop #cavegang #guntitles #nome12 #thisisbattlerap #tibr #battlerapnews #battlerap #kdoz #sevenmitchell #7mitch https://t.co/WPOwGPbmqr

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The event was played live and for free on Caffeine TV, the Ultimate Rap League’s streaming partner, and the battles will soon be added to the URLtv app. In the meantime, check out some of the recaps on Twitter below.

URL NOME 12 Twitter Digests

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Summary of my NOME Bars/moments of the night 🔥🔥🔥 #NOMEXII #NOME12 POTN K-Shine clear!!! https://t.co/qCDyr9rKGH

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