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Lets take a run down the list. Two-time World Rap Champion. Two-time Scribble Jam Champion. King of the Dot Champion. More wins at Tourettes Without Regrets than any MC to ever compete. Main events at all five of Grind Time's Battle of the Bay series and high profile battles in the most respected leagues across the world. There's a reason so many people anoint The Saurus as the biggest name to ever come out of the legendary Fresh Coast battle scene. He's earned it.

Born in Greece but raised in California, The Saurus started battling in 2001. Competing in local events for years, he built a reputation by pressure packing multisyllabic rhymes and witty comparisons into his bars, a distinctive style attempted by many but achieved by few. In 2005 he broke through, making it all the way to the final four at Scribble Jam before falling to the eventual champion, Justice of Australia. The battle, considered one of the greatest in Scribble's illustrious history, coincided with the rise of the YouTube and the internet-based era of battling, an era The Saurus would help to define.

Going back to Scribble the next year, Saurus would not be denied victory, becoming the first champion in it's 11 year history to hail from California. Shortly after he teamed up with Illmaculate for JumpOff TV's World Rap Championships. Their dominant performance, going undefeated in the New York division before besting the UK team of Possessed and Wha'sisface in the finals, launched the pair into global recognition. All the while The Saurus maintained a 9 month winning streak at Oakland's Tourettes Without Regrets tournament, running through dozens of the Bay's best MCs.

The next two years would prove just how ubiquitous The Saurus had become in the battling world. Going back to the WRC's in '07, he and Illmac found every MC gunning for their spot and coming well prepared with bars custom made for the pair. Scribble Jam in 2008 would be no different; the notoriety Saurus had earned off of his YouTube footage left other battlers dying for a chance to throw down with a legend. In the end, it wouldn't matter, as he and Illmac repeated as WRC champs, and Saurus ran through the Scribble competition, joining ADeeM as the competition's only two-time winners.

The evolution of battling to the written form wouldn't leave The Saurus behind. He adapted his game to the Grind Time and King of the Dot stages, beasting in divisions across America with the former and becoming the third and only American champion of the latter. While spitting on beats with rhymes off the head still remains his claim to fame, The Saurus has shown no signs of letting his vice grip on the battling world go. And why should he? After all these years, he's earned it.


Bio text from "Top 50 battlers of All-Time" by Greg Rieke