Archives

Royce 5’9 Explains How Beef With Joe Budden Led To A Slaughterhouse (Video)

In the last five weeks, Slaughterhouse has publicly disbanded. Following KXNG Crooked’s (aka Crooked I) announcement that he was stepping out of the group, Royce 5’9 and Joe Budden both

Craig G Returns To Battle Rap & He’s Ready To Juice The Competition

Much like many aspects of Hip-Hop, Battle Rap today looks (and sounds) a lot different than it did when it originated. With the help of some of the pioneers, like

Murs Details Watching Biggie Smalls Lose A Rap Battle To An Unsigned MC (Video)

Many Heads have seen the footage of a pre-deal Biggie Smalls ripping into an opponent in his own neighborhood, outside a Brooklyn storefront (posted below). The Notorious B.I.G. was clearly

J.U.I.C.E. Defeated Eminem In One Of Rap’s Greatest Battles. He Offers A Rematch (Audio)

In 1997, at Cincinnati, Ohio’s annual Scribble Jam Festival, Eminem and MC J.U.I.C.E. faced off in what is often considered one of Hip-Hop’s greatest battles. At the time, the two

Snoop Dogg Recalls Meeting Tupac & Nearly Battle Rapping (Video)

In 1996, Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg would release several collaborations, beginning with All Eyez On Me video single “2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted.” Snoop has previously credited himself with

Meek Mill Breaks His Silence On Drake, Game & Beans. He Has A LOT To Say. (Audio)

Last week, Meek Mill released mixtape DC4. The fourth installment of the Dreamchasers series, which began in 2011, finds the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania MC in a completely different spot than when

Murda Mook Smothers The Mic In This Head-Hunting 9 Minute Freestyle (Video)

Murda Mook can downright destroy microphones when asked. The Harlem, New Yorker and onetime Ruff Ryders member is nice with the ring of Battle Rap. However, without an opponent, the

Daylyt Explains His Face Tattoo & Its Much Deeper Than You Think​ (Video)

In recent years, the interest driving the sport of Battle Rap rivals that of mainstream Hip-Hop. While there are no album sales to track, and less resources to hype a

Hear One Of The Earliest Rap Battles Ever Recorded From 1981 (Audio)

The Rap Battle has become a pop culture institution. The sport of two (or more MCs) competing has excited Hip-Hop culture since the art of rapping stepped to the front.

Redman Discusses His Battle Rap Days Spent Rolling With Biz Markie (Video)

To the Hip-Hop record-buying community, Redman’s career would largely take shape in 1990, care of EPMD’s Business As Usual album. On a Top 40 LP (Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith’s first

Ice-T Explains Why Battling Unknown MCs Is A Bad Idea & More

Ice-T has been releasing records for nearly 35 years. Whether early independent 12″ singles of platinum albums with Sire/Warner Bros. Records, the New Jersey-born, California-raised artist has enjoyed a massive

Spotlight: Despite His Name, Rain910 Is Here To Shed Light On His People’s Pain (Video)

North Carolina has consistently proven itself to be a breeding ground for forward-thinking, soulful, and prolific MCs, a tradition be carried on today by Rain910. Hailing from the land of

The Best Overall Cypher Was Live & Shows Battle Rap Reigns Supreme (Video)

To many Hip-Hop Heads, names like T-Top, Rain, Charlie Clips, DNA, and K-Shine may not resonate. These are not artists with albums in stores or hit songs on social media.

Keith Murray & Fredro Starr’s MC Battle Is Back On The Books (Video)

UPDATE: In the summer of 2014, it was announced that veteran 1990s MCs Keith Murray (Def Squad/UnderGods) and Fredro Starr (ONYX) would face off in a competitive battle. After the

Bizzy Bone Is The Next Star Battle Rap Contestant

Battling, in the traditional, structured setting, has become popular for established, highly-prominent artists. Earlier this year, Def Squad’s Keith Murray was planned to battle ONYX’s Fredro Starr. Slaughterhouse’s Joe Budden

The LOX Speak on How Battle Rap Has Changed Over the Years (Video)

Jadakiss, Styles P and Sheek Louch, three of Hip-Hop’s finest lyrical sharp shooters, sat with Watch Loud to discuss the differences between battle rap now and when they were participants

Watch a Highlight Reel of Some of Eminem’s Greatest Battles (Video)

Though Eminem’s 8 Mile movie was fictional, it aligned very closely with several elements in Marshall Mathers’ real life, including showcasing that he started as BATTLE RAP BEAST. The battle

2000s Southern Rappers Square Off, As Mike Jones Will Battle Bone Crusher

Battle Rap continues to attract onetime major label stars. Following Joe Budden’s challenging Hollow Da Don in July, and leading up to Keith Murray’s competition against Fredro Starr later this

Loaded Lux Joins DJ Premier For Bars In The Booth (Video)

Throughout the last 25 years, DJ Premier has thrived when working with battle-tested MCs, ranging from Rah Digga (“Lessons Of Today”) to Craig G (“Ready Set Begin”) to Canibus (“Golden

Episode 2 Of The Road To Total Slaughter Features Arsonal vs. Daylyt & Dizaster vs. Math Hoffa (Videos)

Following this week’s premiere episode of Road Of Total Slaughter featuring T Rex vs. Cortez, Shady Records’ Battle Rap league showcased two more videos. Separated into two segments, the high-profile

Eminem Announces Shady Records Battle Rap League, As Joe Budden Will Take On Hollow Da Don (Video)

Eminem helped take the competition of Battle Rap and make it mainstream almost 15 years ago with his semi-autographical film 8 Mile. As Battle Rap’s popularity has grown, it often