Only half a year removed from the thrilling end to The Crew League‘s Season 3 championship, which saw Chris Brown‘s “OHB” beat G Herbo‘s “150 Dreamteam” for their second consecutive TCL title, Season 4’s finale is here.
This time taking place at Overtime Elite Arena in Atlanta, GA, Crew League’s Season 4 was dubbed the “Atlanta vs. Everybody” season. Featuring three of the league’s eight teams being led by ATL rappers (Quavo, Waka Flocka Flame and 21 Savage), this season surely contained the most star-power of any season so far.
After Revolt TV’s first episode saw Waka Flocka Flame’s “Brick Squad” knock off Joyner Lucas’ “Tully All Stars” 22-20 on Sept. 30, the second episode (Oct. 7) saw Babyface Ray win in his TCL debut over NLE Choppa 23-21.
Game 3, released on Oct. 14, saw both Nardo Wick and 21 Savage make their TCL debuts. Each levying a good deal of trash talk against one another, both Nardo’s “Wicked Gang” and 21’s “Slaughter Gang” boasted loaded rosters.
In the end, Wicked Gang’s former D1 hoopers like fellow Jacksonville native Jason Burnell and AJ Reeves, who played D1 hoops and is currently in the G-League, were no match for Slaughter Gang’s Harlem Globetrotter Angelo “Spider” Sharpless and fellow Georgian Josh Montgomery, as they fell 21-15.
To close out the first round, Oct. 21’s Roddy Ricch‘s “City Stars” vs. Quavo’s “Bando Boyz” matchup made for another ultra competitive atmosphere. After Chris Brown had been hoping for Quavo to join TCL the last two seasons, the Huncho finally arrived, although Breezy was not in this season’s tournament.
Along with his manager Rel and Toosii, who competed in Season 3, Quavo’s squad consisted of high-octane talents like former D1 player Evan Ravenel, making them heavy favorites going into the game. But for City Stars, Roddy was able to put together a roster of ballers like Compton native Sheldon Allen and Arizona alum Chase Jeter, as they would pull out the 29-27 victory in the end.
For Episode 5, Babyface Ray and Waka Flocka faced off on Oct. 28, with the winner set to play for the TCL championship. As with most of the games so far this season, players from both squads were talking the talk, and walking the walk. The end to this intense game saw Brick Squad clinch their spot in the finals, taking the 21-16 W over Wavy Navy Elite.
The second semi-final matchup was released on Nov. 4, as Roddy Ricch took on 21 Savage, both looking to take home the hardware in their TCL debuts. Coming off one of the biggest weekends of his career, 21’s Final Four game came out on the same day as his highly-anticipated collab album Her Loss with Drake.
After Slaughter Gang eventually secured the 21-17 W, the finals between 21 and Waka Flocka were postponed from Nov. 11 to Nov. 18, so that the hip-hop community could properly mourn Takeoff’s passing.
But, after a two week wait, the finals lived up to the hype and then some. Full of hard fouls, both team captains jawing at each other and high level hoops, TCL could not ave asked for a better finish to this epic season.
Considering the champion receives a $250,000 reward, it’s no wonder the bi-annual tournament delivered an intense championship battle. Syncing up perfectly with the beginning of the NBA season earlier in October, The Crew League’s return was a much needed one.
Check out The Crew League Season 4 finale below!