October 2017 (Pittsburgh, PA) – In 2016, Da T.R.U.T.H. released a song “Color Purple” on his album “It’s Complicated” which called for unity among reformed and charismatic Christians and those in Christian Hip-Hop. This release inspired Pittsburgh rapper 3PFD to write “Violets”, echoing this call for unity among the Body of Christ.
When 3PFD started writing this song he did not know what would transpire and how much it would be needed. After seeing contention and tracks thrown back and forth between top CHH artists, racial unrest in Charlottesville and other parts of the country, the mass murders in Las Vegas, and natural disasters of all types, it’s clear that there’s a need for love and unity in the Body of Christ right now.
TIFFIN, OH… May 15, 2017... On Friday, April 7, 2017, Stellar Fusion Entertainment held their first event Ohio event, “Vortex”, which starred 15-year-old phenom Mac Rally vs. 3PFD and Zach Is Nobody in “Grateful vs. Ungrateful”.
One against two? That almost doesn’t seem fair, and in most cases it wouldn’t be. However, due to a last minute cancellation by Mac Rally’s scheduled opponent, the league was forced to improvise. With 24 hours’ notice, 3PFD and Zach Is Nobody, who were already set to face each other on this same card, decided to “team up” to fill three rounds against Mac Rally. The results were surprising dope on all sides, as 3PFD and Zach Is Nobody both came with some killer last minute bars, and Mac Rally showed tremendous improvement from his concept battle debut to hold his own against two vets.
PITTSBURGH, PA… March 13, 2017… KamBINO has been known as a top notch lyricist and MC throughout his career. His last few music projects showed that he isn’t afraid to tackle new, and even controversial material with his music. Now, this Christian Hip-Hop veteran has decided to take on a new challenge – Battle Rap, specifically concept battle rap.
On March 31, 2017, he will step into the ring to face Stellar Fusion Founder 3PFD in a one-off battle at The Engage Conference for Millennials. Stellar Fusion Battles is a unique league, instead of competing directly with each other, MCs must adopt a character of either a vice or virtue in a battle based on the hard hitting topics, issues, and struggles of today’s world.
This battle is no exception as KamBINO and 3PFD take on the topic of “Justice vs. Injustice.” Dubbed “The Battle to Make a Nation Right.” In light of the current political and social unrest, this battle is sure to stir emotion by addressing real life issues, while providing hope that can only be found through true justice.
When asked about the battle 3PFD said, “This is the perfect time for this battle. There’s a lot of negativity and conflict in the culture, and the need for hope is very real. People need more than sugarcoated answers and quotes, they need people to speak to this issue and the underlying issues that surround it. KamBINO has a heart for Justice and speaking to social issues, so he was an easy choice for this battle. I can’t wait to see what he brings. It is needed!”
Check out the battle trailer:
If you can’t make it live, no worries. Stellar Fusion Battles will make the battle available for purchase via online Pay Per View for only a small fee after the event. Information about the Pay Per View will be made available via Stellar Fusion and 3PFD’s social media once the video is ready to go, so stay tuned.
About Stellar Fusion Battles:
Stellar Fusion Battles is the premier concept rap battle league and ministry in the world. In concept battles, as opposed to the traditional rap battle, which pits two opponents against each other in a verbal boxing match to prove who the superior MC is, concept battles requires that MCs adopt a character that represents either a vice or a virtue. Then, in a lyrical clash of punch lines, metaphors, bars, and hard hitting a-capella rap, Stellar Fusion Battles brings the same intense entertainment value of battle rap that fans love. In addition, Stellar Fusion presents truth and life lessons through the themes of the battles.
PITTSBURGH, PA… August 27, 2016… Over the last year, A. Ward has made a lot of noise as one of a few Christian Hip-Hop artists to enter the world of secular battle rap. He has had some of the best performances of the year, including a battle vs. Saint Mic that has been labeled as a battle of the year contender by many top sites in the battle rap world. Off the strength of these performances he earned an invitation to King of the Dot’s (one of the world’s biggest battle rap leagues) biggest card of the year, World Domination 6.
Before that trip, he joined us in Pittsburgh to battle SLAP Battles (Showing Love Applying Pressure) Co-President 3PFD in “Holding On vs. Giving Up” aka “The Battle to Persevere”. This concept battle took on hard hitting topics of mental illness, depression, suicide, racial tension, and more, all in an attempt to create dialogue and provide hope and Godly solutions to the listeners. Each round was neck and neck, and it showed through the art of battle rap how real this struggle is.
The struggle was particularly real for both 3PFD and A. Ward. 3PFD said of the battle, “I wrestle with anxiety and feeling hopeless at times, so “Giving Up” isn’t just a battle rap opponent. It’s something I face in real life. Doing this battle helped me to express my thoughts and worries related to it and to take a new perspective in order to bring hope into it. The underlying theme of this event was “Hope Rises”, and I hope that I was able to deliver hope to whoever views this battle.”
People in the building were excited as well. Fellow SLAP Battler Brasi said, “This was one of the best battles to go down on SLAP. Point Blank, Period. Great performances from both battlers. Solid content. You can feel the emotions they both had behind their rounds. You can watch over and over again and still be just as entertained as the first time. God used them both in an amazing way.” Fellow headliner Zach Is Nobody also said, “Holding On vs Giving Up is probably the best complete battle we’ve had on SLAP. Bars, content, rebuttals, etc. They both had it all! And the content verses were on point too! After the battle people were saying God spoke to them through it. Praise Jesus!”
You can see the battle here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vb9SvLjmdo
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About SLAP Battles:
The concept for SLAP., which stands for “Showing Love, Applying Pressure,” was the brain child of Everette “Pop” Moore of the JustHis League. As opposed to the traditional rap battle, which pits two opponents against each other in a verbal boxing match to prove who the superior MC is, SLAP requires that MCs adopt a character that represents either a vice or a virtue. Then, in a lyrical clash of punch lines, metaphors, bars, and hard hitting a-capella rap, SLAP. brings the same intense entertainment value of battle rap that fans love. In addition, SLAP presents truth and life lessons through the themes of the battles.
“SLAP Battles is a powerful platform, not only are you getting crazy dope lyrics, but bringing perspectives on topics that otherwise may never be seen. SLAP is giving voice to topics that people think on and may be afraid to speak about. SLAP tackles those issues with creativity and purpose.” – Phresh, President of the JustHis League and Hip-Hop Artist
The Bars Over Bridges 2 event will be happening at The Life Church, in Homestead Pennsylvania on the 19th of August, 2016. The event will start at 7PM, whereas doors open at 6PM. Check out the Facebook event page for more details.
The card to the event is as follows:
Holding On (3PFD) vs Giving Up (A. Ward)
Conviction (Street Hymns) vs Guilt (Zach Is Nobody)
Role Model (Assassinato) vs Self Centered (Kevlar)
Hope (Brasi) vs Despair (Drusuick)
Peace (Seize) vs Bitterness (MC Rally)
Tickets are available on Eventbrite
SLAP Battles went to Tampa, Florida in October (8 – 10) at Flava Fest and put on 3 battles at the event. Which Zach Is Nobody up in action at the event.
To know more about the SLAP Battles participants and the movement, please ensure to read our interview with 3PFD that was conducted in November of 2015. Also read our interview with Zach Is Nobody who was interviewed in April of 2015.
According to the press release by SLAP Battles: Back in October 2015, the SLAP Battles team took their show on the road, as they traveled to Tampa, FL for Flavor Fest 2015. They were there to participate in the urban ministry conference as artists, students, and volunteers; however, they had to get in a couple battles during the lunch breaks. One of these battles is Patience vs. Instant Gratification, dubbed “The Battle for Your Time and Heart”, which pitted Zach Is Nobody vs. Ike Hill.
Hip-Hop has always been known for its influential power in terms of shifting mind-sets and affecting one’s psyche, particularly the youth. One of the misconceptions that’s been contrived from this is that a rap lyric can lead one to profanity, hooliganism and criminal behaviour. Hardly is it ever depicted by mass media to the contrary, that self- expression cannot be limited to a simple model of cause and effect.
3PFD is a Christian rapper and the man behind the SLAP Battles league. This Pittsburgh native, real name Evan Tachoir, embodies the underlying core of Hip Hop which is self-expression. He encompasses the ‘be the change you want to see in the world’ adage by turning dreams into reality through the sub-niche of Christian based rap and SLAP Battles, with wholesome yet audacious ambitions.
3PFD’s pursuit of purity translated into establishing a platform much like his life, of pitting virtues against vices of remaining true amidst temptations of sin.. We spoke with him about how he keeps things balanced; going against the grain of battle rap and various aspects of how the business has treated him without hindering his vision.