Lex Luger vs. Southside
Swizz' battle with Just Blaze showed that hip-hop is ready to embrace all-star producer showdowns again. Though a whole new generation of fans -- whose musical coming of age coincided with the rise of trap music, rather than the glory days of DMX and Jay Z -- showed an interest in beat-battling when Lex Luger issued a $50,000 challenge to Southside, who laughed off those stakes and raised them to $100,000.
According to Swizz Beatz himself, the battle between Luger and Southside -- who both showed up on Waka Flocka's seminal Flockaveli in 2010 and have since each played iconic roles in the trap music takeover -- is officially on. No date has been set for the matchup yet, though the Southern 808 kings will apparently be part of a bill that includes a contest between NYC radio rivals Funk Flex and DJ Clue.