When it comes to true lyricism, it's difficult to compete with the members of Slaughterhouse, but Joell, Crooked I, Royce and Joe Budden are opening up the battle field to eight talented emcees. They paid a visit to "RapFix Live" on Wednesday (January 29) to exclusively announce details on their upcoming show, "The Road to Total Slaughter."
The Shady Records crew explained that the new show will pit eight battle rappers against one another, in a bracket style competition, with four rappers on each side. Slaughterhouse will both judge and produce the show. "The winner of each side will co-headline the main event, [with] two legends in the battle game," Royce said. "It's probably the biggest battle you can put on right now, on behalf of Shady Records, Shady TV and Slaughterhouse."
Joe Budden added that the concept came about organically. "Battle rap is the talk in every street and every barber shop. People are really engulfed and seem to be in tune with what these young brothers have to say in the lyrics they're putting out there."
To make it more captivating, viewers at home will get to know each contestant better throughout the show. "It's a reality series as well, 'The Road to Total Slaughter,'" Joe said. "We're gonna put those eight guys in a house, they're gonna live with each other for a week and you're gonna be able to see them prepare for it as well."
The eight rappers participating in the show will be Dizaster, Math Hoffa, Daylyt, Arsonal, Cortez, Marv Won, Big T and Aye Verb, artists that Slaughterhouse describe as "top tier battlers" and "assassins."
"It's giving these guys a platform that they didn't have before," Royce told Sway. "Everybody knows they're great if you follow them, so the goal is to put not only them, but battle rap itself, on this platform."
The first rap battle will be recorded in Brooklyn on Wednesday night, but the series will officially debut in the spring. Visit WatchLoud.com for full details on the show.