Eminem to run rap battle league

30 April, 2014 in News


Eminem has revealed that he will be running a competitive rap battle league, which is to be entitled ‘Total Slaughter’

merica’s rap laureate Slim Shady has announced that he is to run a competitive rap battle league. The league, which is to be entitled ‘Total Slaughter’, will look to raise the profile of battle rapping, the medium that helped to get the Detroit rapper’s career off the ground. The first battle is to take place at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom on July 12, and is to be streamed on the hip-hop website WatchLOUD, working in conjunction with Eminem’s film company Shady Films.

Battle-ready rappers lined up to feature on July 12 include Eminem’s Shady Records signing Joe Budden, who will battle against Hollow Da Don. The event will also see a rematch between Harlem’s Murda Mook and Loaded Lux. Yet to be confirmed is the event’s undercard, with the identity of the participant to be decided by the online reality series Road to Total Slaughter.

Speaking to Rolling Stone magazine about the reasons behind creating Total Slaughter, Eminem had this to say: “I’m a passionate battle fan, so this is something I’ve always thought about doing. I came up battling at the same time I was making records and learning my way around the studio. It’s a little bit different in terms of the kinds of tools you need, but the competitiveness is the same. The times I didn’t win gave me just as much light in the past as when I did. It’s all about your performance.”

However, fans hoping to see Marshall Mathers battling it out are set to be disappointed, with the rappers manager Pete Rosenburg stating that it would be nonsensical for Eminem to participate. Rosenburg said, “I don’t think at this point it would make any sense. They know everything about him. Everything. So, he’s kind of an easy target. Plus, lets be honest, you gotta be in shape for this. This isn’t something that you just go do on a whim. You gotta be in shape, your brain’s gotta be ready for it, you gotta be in that mode. And Marshall hasn’t done stuff like that for a really long time.”

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