The intensity in the room peaked when openers Crown City Rockers’ percussionist Max MacVeety and MC Raashan Ahmad battled against each other through an exchange of drum beats and rhyming skills.

Next, Gift of Gab, Lateef the Truthspeaker and Headnodic, who have combined their fruitful skills to create the Mighty Underdogs, ripped the microphone into pieces onstage as the crowd’s adrenaline was pumping heavily through the crowded room.

Gift of Gab effortlessly rapped with quick fingers as though he were playing a string bass instrument, followed by him and Lateef intricately mingling their words together as they played off each other’s vibe making the crowd even more hyped.