Most of us have seen an epic moment in rap battles. If it didn't come while watching Eminem's "8 Mile", maybe you've seen a local competition with some ill talent, or at least a strong YouTube video that made your drop your jaw. This list has little to do with those moments.
Tsu Surf is a respected battle rapper, but unlike his peers, he demonstrates both songwriting ability and an ear for beats. With more money being put into the battle rap scene everyday, it makes sense for Surf to stick with the scene, but making the transition to being music-first likely woudn't be too hard for him.
Over the weekend Drake popped up in our news feed when we found out about Drizzy's desire to do some battle rap, specifically, he told Murda Mook he'd like to battle him. According to Mook, it was in all seriousness.
If there's one thing hip-hop fans would probably never expect from Drake (you know, this guy), it would probably be the YMCMB emcee stepping into the battle rap arena. According to Murda Mook, however, that fantasy may soon be a reality.
Like boxing, hip-hop has always been driven by competition. But while the masses love it when top tier MCs go after each other in lyrical (or these days, reality show-style physical) combat, everybody loves a happy ending.
Buzz remains consistent for Total Slaughter, the first event in Shady/Aftermath's pay-per-view rap battle series. At two weeks past, the novelty of the event has waned somewhat, but the sour reception from that night persists.
Snoop Dogg took to Instagram yesterday to announce big plans he has been cooking up with Total Slaughter winner Murda Mook.
In a short clip, Snoop says, "Me and my nigga Murda Mook fitting to come at you with something real big for the Hip-Hop battle scene. Be on the lookout."
Cassidy cut his teeth as a battle rapper, and the punchline-driven style has always had a heavy presence in his recorded material. In a new interview with VladTV, the Philly emcee criticized the current rappers for not being lyric-driven, and accredited the popularization of battle rap with fans seeking out bars.
New Jersey battle rapper Tsu Surf returns with a brand new track featuring Wale and Gabrielle Findley.
Both Tsu and Wale deliver some highly quotable verse. The track comes off Surf's cleverly titled, Tsu Me.
Mike Zombie, the producer behind Drake's "Started From The Bottom" supllies the beat.
New Jersey battle rapper Tsu Surf is back with a new mixtape, featuring guest appearances from Wale, Gabrielle Findley, and Trev Rich.
Production is handled by Mike Zombie, Piff Beatz, Turtle, and more.