Recently I’ve been getting heavily into the battle rap world, and as a handful of artists came out of battle rapping, I think it’s only fair that we take the time to discuss what battle rap actually is and the influence this subgenre has on the WOHH.
According to Urban Dictionary, Battle Rap is,
“having a rapping contest against someone else in front of an audience, where most of the lyrics are insults directed at the other rapper which have to rhyme at the same time.
1 rapper goes first, then after he’s done its the other persons turn and then someone decides whos was better, or after the second rapper has finished the first one can go again if he has more to say.
if one of the rappers suck at rapping they can get boo’d off stage by the audience. (they usually let some of the audience come up and take the mic for a few minutes at the end)”
Battle Rappers (like above) are known for different techniques, such as lyrics, aggression and wordplay – all things that are important to freestyles, which in essence is what battles are all about; the ability to find the weakness in the opponent and “go in for the kill” through diss.
Not all Battle rappers stay in the ring though, as we watched Eminem rise in 8Mile, he in RL had already became a platinum selling artist with The Marshall Mathers LP. Eminem’s ability to transfer his quick wit and flows to vinyl attributed to his decades-long success, even though he currently ranks #18 on the Battle Rapper Charts.
Other artists, like Logic started as a battle rapper and followed in Eminem’s path of recording his art. However, Logic has yet to have a song/album that hits top 10, yet he sells out almost every show he plays. Arguably, I don’t think anything is wrong with this. I would rather have an artist that delivers every single time & gives their audience everything they have, instead of trying tactics to save themselves.
Eminem’s partners with pop artists has ruined his career.
Battle Rap is about being tough, being real, but also not being afraid to throw some shade to push yourself forward. We see artists diss each other (even allegedly) because they have beef in songs every day, but battle rappers can get away with 10 lines and leave it in the ring. Their disses aren’t newsworthy for a reason, and that’s how it’s supposed to be.