Industry Artists Are Entering The Battle Arena
On July 12, 2014, the culture of battle rap infiltrated the headlines like never before. The Eminem and Shady Records-backed “Total Slaughter” event in the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York had thousands of fans turning out to watch history. Industry artist and known battle rap aficionado Joe Budden jumped into the ring to face off against Hollow Da Don, one of the culture’s premier emcees. This battle pushed the movement into the public, being covered on major publications and becoming one of the most talked-about moments in battle rap’s history. Earlier this month, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania rapper Cassidy faced off against Dizaster in California. Elsewhere, icons such as Joell Ortiz, Fredro Starr, Royce Da 5’9, Keith Murray, Eminem, and Drake are all frequently linked to an appearance in the battle ring. Long may this trend continue.