Sway Hosts Surprise Rap Battle Before Kendrick Lamar Hangout Set

By Gil Kaufman

GULF SHORES, Alabama — Before Matt Webb, 19, drove from Gulf Breeze, Florida, to check out Kendrick Lamar’s headliner set at the Hangout Festival on Saturday night he had one dream: to get on stage. Well, thanks to the Compton, California, MC missing his scheduled flight, Webb got his wish. While Lamar was jetting to the site on a private plane, MTV News’ Sway Calloway kept the audience entertained by asking if there were any real MC’s in the crowd.

At first, just about everyone in the packed Boom Boom Tent raised their hands, and after a few false starts, Calloway found a potential rhyme slayer in Webb, a Pensacola State College physical therapy assistant student who said his spotlight was the first time he’s taken the stage in front of such a big audience.

“That was a good surprise,” said a still buzzing Webb after leaving the stage following some props from Sway. “Before I came here I talked about wanting to get on the stage and then it happened!” Webb, who runs with the Purple Heart Gang (check out their Just Dreamin’ mixtape) and goes by the stage name Tempoh, wasn’t shy about taking the stage and spitting.

“You know I got ballistic/being me is impossible/like Tom Cruise on a mission,” he rhymed. “Do you get it/are you with it?/Haters livid cuz I live it/Very vivid on my image … but who am I kidding cuz I do this for myself/For my team, for my fam, I do this just to help/I do it for the fanbase and I do it to death/And, man, I’m a do this till there is nothing left/I’m gone.”

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