Rap battles have been a fixture of underground hip-hop culture for nearly 40 years, but in 2014 they'll hit prime time thanks to Eminem's latest project Total Slaughter. A co-production of Shady Films, Slaugtherhouse, and WatchLOUD.com, the one-night-only event brings the genre's fiercest battlers together under one roof for a definitive showdown that pits champion against champion. Featuring battle legends like Loaded Lux and Murda Mook alongside tenderfoot talents like Budden and Royce, Total Slaughter is sure to be a night of epic flow, unexpected surprises, and more than a few figurative casualties as freestyle's new king is crowned.
Total Slaughter is the brainchild of Eminem, who first gave audiences a sneak peek into the world of underground rap battles in his 2002 blockbuster film 8 Mile. Whereas the battle scenes in the film take place in an abandoned warehouse, 2014's Total Slaughter provides a wider arena, giving its contestants their biggest platform yet in the form of the Manhattan Center Hammerstein Ballroom. Boasting names like Loaded Lux, Hollow Da Don, and Crooked I, Total Slaughter will treat ticket buyers to a night of unforgettable rap battling it has dubbed "the next great American sports league."