Let's not act like this is the first time Clips phoned it in just to pick up a check. He's had a long history of this, even if this was his best year so far.
That's the problem with these prolific battle rappers. Very few of them are prepared for every battle they take, knowingly picking the ones they will show up for and the ones they won't. Clips is always given a pass because of his talent. I'm not sure how long he can get away with it though. He at least seems to have a good sense of which rappers it will cost him the most against.
It's frustrating for the fans though. The only prolific rapper I can think of that almost never, if ever, shows up unprepared for a battle is Arsonal. That was his whole argument against Dizaster in that press conference, which is why it's so hard to find any clear losses or straight up body bags against Arsonal. He's arguably the most professional battle rapper ever, which is why he's enjoyed one of the most successful careers, even if he may not be bar for bar the most talented.
I was watching the Ms Hustle Gattas battle, and even though I think Gattas won that match, I love Ms Hustle's poise in that battle. She's such a blue collar kind of battle rapper. She goes on URL stages and when the crowd isn't riding with her, she just keeps on rapping with energy and aggression and they eventually come around.
One of my favorite battles probably, except for Gattas constantly gassing up her own bars