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Eminem launching rap battle league


Hip-hop star Eminem is setting up a competitive rap battle league and accompanying reality TV show to raise the profile of the lyrical face-offs.

The "Stan" hitmaker launched his career in rapping tournaments, in which two competitors go head-to-head firing rapid improvized lyrics at each other. He has now set up a league table called Total Slaughter, aimed at publicizing emerging rappers, and the inaugural event is set to take place in July in New York City.

Eminem tells Rolling Stone, "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."

Paul Rosenberg, Eminem's manager and partner in Total Slaughter, adds, "What we look at this opportunity as, is a way to do for battle rapping what UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) did for MMA (mixed martial A\arts). 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."

The first event will feature rappers including Joe Budden, Murda Mook and Loaded Lux. A TV show will accompany the competition, showing aspiring rappers sharing a house and competing for a place at the events.

Apr 30, 2014 8:48PM
Apr 29, 2014 4:12PM
What in the hell does Kim Kardashian have to do with Eminem?  Its just one more reason to hate yahoo!
Apr 29, 2014 3:35PM
Apr 29, 2014 2:21PM

Thank you Someone.............with your Duck Dynasty comment, and sexist comment about Donald Sterling....................well guess what cupcake, you are a racist................  :(

You see sometimes the more civilized you become, the less civilized you in point...................... you were given enough rope, and you hung yourself.....................

Apr 29, 2014 1:58PM
Serve up a lot of Ex-Lax, move in a bunch of Porta-Potties, and they can have crap battles!
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