Eminem, along with manager Paul Rosenberg and his Slaughterhouse crew, is officially debuting a rap battle league at Hammerstein Ballroom on July 12. The league is supposed to give rap battling national exposure, and some of the best battlers in the game will be in attendance (Slaughterhouse’s own Joe Budden is coming out of battle retirement to step into the ring).
Paul Rosenberg tells Rolling Stone, “What we look at this opportunity as, is a way to do for battle rapping what UFC did for MMA. 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.”
This is definitely something that is right up Em’s alley considering he received his break largely due to his performance in the Rap Olympics. Eminem states, “I’m a passionate battle fan, so this is something I’ve always thought about doing.”
Hopefully his passion helps catapult the sport into national prominence, and maybe we even get to see Eminem step back in the ring himself.
Check out the trailer for “Total Slaughter” up top.
[h/t Rolling Stone]