In the urban world, the famous tiraeras is like a sport, where two artists battle each other so that their fans determine who’s the best lyricist.
Daddy Yankee vs. Tempo, Tego Calderon vs. Lito y Polanco, Hector y Tito vs. Baby Rasta y Gringo, and Cosculluela vs. Anuel AA are previous rap battles that further proves tiraeras have been a part of the genre’s history for years.
Now, the latest tiraera is between Mozart La Para and Lapiz Conciente, two of the biggest exponents of Dominican Hip-Hop.
On July 26, Mozart La Para, who’s signed to Roc Nation, dropped a track coined “Golpe de Estado” (coup), dissing Lapiz’s musical career. “I’m on top of you,” “your business has bad luck,” and “I perform on the bigger stages while you perform at the clubs,” are some of the references on the track. In the dusky music video, Mozart is singing to a hostage man who has his face covered and wearing a shirt with Lapiz’s logo on it.
“He lacked rapping to the beat but he exceeded my expectations because that MC is known for having a limited and vulgar vocabulary,” Lapiz tells Billboard about “Golpe de Estado. “His diss track is acceptable,” he adds.
On Wednesday (Aug. 5), Lapiz dropped “Tú No Ta’” (You’re not here) as a response to Mozart’s diss track. In the unapologetic lyrics, he refers to Mozart’s voice sounding like a chicken and his music not ranking. “I’m lethal, you can’t reach me” and “you’re signed to Roc Nation but you sing at local events” are part of Lapiz’s lyrics. In the video, Lapiz is seen singing to a clown and later hanging him, implying that he won this battle with Mozart.
Though Mozart and Lapiz have had an ongoing feud throughout the years, Mozart tells Billboard that tiraeras are part of the genre. “There’s a rap and underground audience that likes battles, just like myself. I started doing freestyle and that’s what made me known,” he says.
On their respective release day, both videos landed on YouTube’s trending page. On Instagram, Mozart assured fans that round 2 will drop soon. “Your funeral in 24 hours,” he promised.