Eminem helped pushed the battle rap scene into the mainstream with his 2002 semi-biographical film 8 Mile. The Detroit rap legend is now joining with the Shady Records group Slaughterhouse to support the next generation of battle rap emcees. The members of Slaughterhouse announced a new battle tournament series on RapFix Live.
“We are doing ‘Total Slaughter Battle Tournament.’ We have a few of the elite battle rappers,” reveals Joe Budden. “Battle rap… it’s taking over. It’s the talk every street, every barber shop.”
Total Slaughter is airing online via Eminem’s VEVO channel. The tourney has been separated into two brackets. The participants are Math Hoffa, Arsonal, Dizaster, Daylyt, Big T, Marvwon, Aye Verb, and Cortez. The two finalists will be the opening bout for the main event featuring a rematch between Murda Mook and Loaded Lux.
The entire experience is also being captured for an online reality show as well. The eight rappers will live and train together similar to WWE’s Tough Enough and UFC’s The Ultimate Fighter.