In 2020, Drake brought together Ultimate Rap League (URL) and Caffeine, setting the battle rap scene on fire. With over 8.7 million in total viewership, millions of fans watched, voted and supported their favorite MCs during live battles—resulting in some of the largest entertainment streams in the world.
The collaboration continues and today, Drake, Caffeine and URL are announcing a huge new slate of events locked in for 2021. The schedule will feature both up and comers and the biggest MCs in the culture. Drake will star in two large-scale events this year on Caffeine and also pull in some of his favorite artists to perform.
The biggest battles on Caffeine draw hundreds of thousands of fans who watch, vote for winners and chat with friends and famous MCs. The high level of interactivity is driving unheard-of watch times, with the average watch time over 100 minutes for the main event battles. These main events regularly trended #1 on Twitter, alongside UFC, NBA, MLB and NFL. The biggest event of the year drew an audience of 350,000 and was one of the biggest livestream events on any platform in 2020.
“Before Caffeine, I remember how difficult it was to stream battles, so to have made it easy enough that millions are watching and the fan base keeps growing is amazing,” said Drake.
Caffeine and URL have pioneered a unique and interactive social broadcasting format, producing livestreaming events that have elevated battle rap to its rightful place on the world stage. In a year when almost everything was delivered virtually, URL and Caffeine produced live, socially distant events at real venues and fans online could watch, comment and directly vote on the outcome. The highly produced virtual events were a first for battle rap.
“We brought battle rap into new and different corners of the world on Caffeine this year,” said Smack White, co-founder of URL. “We’re writing the playbook on how to leverage technology for the advancement of the culture and make art more accessible.”
On the heels of these successes, Caffeine is today announcing Season 2 of URL on Caffeine:
163 URL events, including 22 highly anticipated main events like the upcoming battle of the sexes Kings vs Queens 2 on Saturday, February 13.
Popular formats debuting on Caffeine, such as the 2v2 battle Double Impact 4 and Queen of the Ring.
The return of the popular multi-week, single-elimination battle rap tournament Ultimate Madness 3.
Extra battles in the form of URL Reloaded, where fans can unlock new battles during main events that will premiere the next day.
Great shows every week: Faceoffs on Fridays, Main Events on Saturdays, Reloaded on Sundays, Recaps on Mondays, and Primetime on Wednesdays.
Hosting over 20 custom channels for battle rap personalities like Jay Blac and Brooklyn Babs, and MCs including DNA, GOODZ, O’fficial, Tay Roc, Tsu Surf, and 40 BARRS.