Eight Mile’s most famous son is hoping to do for rap battles what UFC did for MMA. Thanks to Eminem, there is now a league for angry wordsmiths, and they’ll be fighting their first event at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York on July 12, with Shady Films producing.
“I’m a passionate battle fan, so this is something I’ve always thought about doing,” Eminem told Rolling Stone in a recent interview. “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.”
We can see it now — local rap battles will arise filled with bad aspiring wannabes and the occasional guy (or girl) who knows what the heck they’re doing. Should be entertaining. Thanks, MMA!
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