Battling another MC is a daunting enough proposition, but Watts MC Daylyt has done it while (at various times) wearing a ski-mask, stripping naked or dressed as Batman.
Through it all, he's become one of the most successful and in-demand battlers working today. We spoke with him about his relationship with Kendrick Lamar (he takes some of the credit for Lamar's "King of New York" line) and preparing for his upcoming battle this Friday, August 23rd, in Toronto against Loe Pesci at a huge event called World Domination 4. (Yes, Drake will be there).
You first started battling at L.A.'s The Pit as a favor for a friend, is that right?
Yeah, my boy Brandon pretty much introduced me to the whole battling scene. I wasn't a battle rapper, I got suckered into battle rapping [after signing a list to get into an event, and then being called to the stage] and it turned out to be a good thing.
You mentioned you got an immediate reaction from the rhymes you had written. Do you remember what you said?
Well, I can't remember the build up to the line, but it was "something...something...I'mma put him in the sky like LeBron James" and this was during the time LeBron just came to the league, and the crowd went completely ballistic. This was 2006. I ended up winning a couple matches that night and, since they wanted me back, I came back the next week a did my thing. I felt completely in love with it.
Were you following battling at all before then?
No. Before that, I didn't know anything about battle rap. While I was battling, I still didn't search out battle rap. I'd pretty much go to the event on Fridays, and that was it.
Were your friends and family supportive?
Yeah, actually, my mom's also a rapper. I come from a very strong rapper background. Her name is Lady P. When my mom found out that I was doing the battle rap stuff, she came down and supported. One time she showed up, and I didn't even know. I'm onstage and I'm snapping, and I hear my Mom go "Get em boy!" And I'm like "Mom?!" I then hurried up and did a line that went "something-something I'll get a deal too / something-something my Momma will kill you!" and she yelled "I sho will!" and the crowd went crazy. She was very supportive.