On July 12, Total Slaughter, a battle rap league formed by Eminem, Paul Rosenbergand Slaughterhouse will launch their inaugural event in conjunction with WatchLOUD at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom.
Two battles will take center stage at Total Slaughter 1. Joe Budden will go bar for bar against Hollow Da Don. And Murder Mook will battle Loaded Lux in a highly anticipated rematch.
Rosenberg and Eminem spoke to Rolling Stone about the event.
“What we look at this opportunity as, is a way to do for battle rapping what UFC did for MMA,” Rosenberg said. That’s really the model we’re basing it on. It’s this great thing that a lot of people love, but it’s very splintered, and it’s very niche, and it’s not really brought into the right production levels that it can or should be.”
I’m a passionate battle fan, so this is something I’ve always thought about doing,” adds Eminem, whose Shady Films is co-producing the event. “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.”