Eric Nieves is throwin’ his hat in the ring just in time for the battle; Reality Check Battle Leaugue that is. The 302’s newest promoter will debut with his brand of event Dec 1st. Fresh from The Mind Ur Business Music Conference, Eric made his intentions known to yours truly and made contacts to begin building his network then promptly and admirably moved to execute in less than 2 mos. Eric explained his concept and motivation to DHH;
DHH: Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Unanimous. I’m the founder/host of Reality Check Battle League. I’m also a recording artist. You can find my latest mixtape, “Audio Stimulation” on Datpiff.com. I’ve been asked before “What is my style?” or “What is my demographic?” But I never knew how to answer that. I write and record what I feel and whoever likes it does. (Shrugs)
DHH: Is This your first Reality Check Battle Leaugue?
Yes. This will be our premiere event. This is also my first attempt at throwing my own event, first time hosting, first time everything. So I’m hopin this goes well (fingers crossed). Hopefully, this could be the beginning of a major movement. We’ll just have to wait and see how the people respond to my efforts.DHH: What is your concept and Inspiration?The purpose of Reality Check is to create a platform for performers to showcase their abilities in a competitive environment. I feel that the hip-hop genre has lost it’s craving for competition. In the beginning, the culture would create competition from everything, rapping, dancing, deejaying, beatbox, graffiti, etc. With this new league, I’m hoping to help bring that aspect back into our culture.DHH: Why this particular venue?I chose Accent Music for a few reasons. I think its location is great in the sense that its not far from the upstate population( Wilmington, New Castle, Newport ,etc), and not far from downstate (Newark, Middletown). So I can draw in a more diverse crowd. Secondly is comfort. It’s a theatre, so there’s no worries of your personal space being violated because you’ll have your own seat. Another was quality. Accent Music’s job is catering to performers by selling and providing strong product for live music and other events. Since they provide these things for their venue, I have less worries about faulty equipment being an issue. I think these things are ideal for a successful event.DHH: What can we expect from this event and as a follow up?You can expect for Reality Check to continue to grow. I hope to expand into promotion and marketing, and other forms of battling. That’s the reason it’s not called Reality Check “RAP” Battle League. I want us to host DJ battles, Beat battles, Beatbox battles, Dance battles (If we have the proper venue). Any form of hip-hop that can bring out that lost competitive edge. I’m well aware that we are not the first rap battle league. Other leagues such as; URL, King Of The Dot, UW Battle League, & DontFlop have all found great success in thus venture. I’m hoping our diversity is what will set us apart from the competition. We just have to see how the people respond on Dec. 1st @ Accent Music…WHAT: REALITY CHECK BATTLE LEAGUEWHEN: DEC. 1 ST 4PM-8PMWHERE: ACCENT MUSIC 5810-A KIRKWOOD HIGHWAYADMISSION $10ERIC NIEVES @ THE MIND UR BUSINESS MUSIC CONFERENCE Oct. 2012Photo by LRP