It’s going down. Eminem, Shady Records and Slaughterhouse have announced the first event as part of their new battle rap league called Total Slaughter. The inaugural event will go down at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom on July 12th. Murda Mook and Loaded Lux will go against each other while Joe Budden will be taking on Hollow Da Don. Total Slaughter tickets go on limited pre-sale on May 2nd, and will be on sale to the public on May 16th.
“I’m a passionate battle fan, so this is something I’ve always thought about doing. 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 adds:
“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.”
Watch a promo video for the event after the break.