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And now it’s time for Round 3 of the Soompi K-Pop Idol Rap Battle! We’re now down to a quarter of our original contestants, and there have been some unexpected casualties along the way.
Round 2 was pretty tough. There weren’t any rappers that were outright crushed; a lot of battles were, in fact, very, very close. The biggest gap in votes was seen between BIGBANG‘s T.O.P and Block B‘s P.O, T.O.P beating out P.O by roughly 30 percent. At the other end of the spectrum, the closest round without a doubt was between Block B’s Zico and EXO‘s Tao. In the end, the difference of 0.12 percent — yes, much less than 1 percent — made Tao the winner.
Also coming as a surprise in Round 2 was the defeat of Jay Park by 2PM‘s Taecyeon, who made a comeback late in the game. Sadly, we will have to say goodbye to Zico and Jay Park for this battle, but luckily we’ve had the pleasure of Block B’s presence on music shows of late with “Her,” and Jay Park will be back soon with his “Evolution” album! Meanwhile, our last female rapper Amber has been holding her own, long after the elimination of the rest of the ladies.
Here are our remaining contestants:
T.O.P (BIGBANG) vs. P.O (Block B)
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Welcome to Round 2 of the Soompi K-Pop Idol Rap Battle!
The first round was a motley assortment of battles, some of them being complete runaway matches (T.O.P vs. HyunA, G-Dragon vs. Jung Hana), with no question as to the clear winner, and others with less of a split (CL vs. Rap Monster, Bang Yong Guk vs. Ilhoon). Still, some of the matches were neck and neck all the way (Jackson vs. Yong Junhyung, Taecyeon vs. Park Kyung), ending with less than a two percent difference! Especially a surprise was the victory of Taecyeon, who made a comeback late in the game, beating out Block B’s Park Kyung, who had been ahead for the majority of round one. Bet there were some sweating fans out there!
In the midst of all this, we definitely had some talented contenders knocked out very early, like Miryo (knocked out by Baro),M.I.B SIMS (knocked out by VIXX’s Ravi), and EXID’s LE (knocked out by f(x)’s Amber). At least we can all agree that these three are some pretty amazing rappers, regardless of the outcome, and if you didn’t know about them before, we hope you do now!
It’s also not too difficult to note that almost all of the female contestants were eliminated in Round 1, with the exception of Amber (who was herself up against another female). We did receive a few complaints about our decision to integrate the genders. We’d hoped that the results of the rap battle would follow more closely the pattern of our K-Pop Dance Madness battle a few months ago, where females competed against males all the way to the last few rounds, and were eliminated roughly in proportion to their presence in the contest. Certainly we don’t think that hip-hop is a guy’s game, but we acknowledge that our fans might be more likely to vote in favor of their male biases.
Meet with T.O.P by Reebok Classic
Place: ABC Mart, Myeongdong, Seoul
Date: August 19, 2014, 1:00PM
*There will also be a mini concert by Bumkey and designer Ko Taeyang (of Beyond Closet) will be presenting his capsule collection for Reebok Classic.
VIPs (and other K-Pop fans), please help Bigbang win this poll! Billboard had to restart the poll claiming voting had been compromised because VIPs were winning by a landslide. I guess they couldn’t conceive the fact that K-pop fans come in droves, and there are legions of them, outside of America and will vote in support of their fave group.
Please click on the link and make sure that “VIPs” are selected, type in your email address, and click to submit your vote. The default selection when you go to the site to vote are the Echelons, so make sure to change it to VIPs.