Hypothetical battles between the game's best MCs have been conversation-starters for rap fans for years. For many, the latest wishful scenario is the Black Hippy quartet of Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul and Jay Rock facing off against Slaughterhouse's four-headed monster.
"I just think that it would be eight MCs going for theirs," Crooked I — one quarter of the Slaughter — said of the idea on "RapFix Live" Wednesday. "And it's kind of dope that people would want to see that."
When asked if anyone — Black Hippy, or otherwise — would stand a chance against him and his crew, the Cali native didn't mince words.
"No," Crooked I said matter-of-factly. "But let me tell you something: That's not a shot, because I really appreciate what they do. But as a rapper, I feel like I'm supposed to believe that, when I get on the court, nobody could see me. That's just what I'm supposed to do. But that doesn't stop me from being a fan of other great lyricists."
Though he expressed confidence in his squad, Royce da 5'9" suggested that it wouldn't be the kind of battle fans might imagine.
"I don't think we pair up as easy," Royce said. "I don't think that we're in the same lane. I think that we get compared to them because we're crews. But I'm not so sure that me and Schoolboy [Q] could really go at each other, with what he does, versus what I do. It's not really the same thing."
Neither Joe Budden nor Joell Ortiz spoke on the battle possibility while on the couch on Wednesday, but Joell did have some words for Kendrick Lamar back in August, when he released one of the first responses to K. Dot's buzzing "Control" verse.
"You the King of New York? " Joell wondered on his freestyle response to the good kid, m.A.A.d city rapper's claims. "Little homey, you ain't the king of New York/ You the next thing on my fork." He continued, "When we met you said, 'It's an honor, man, the YAOWA spit'/ Maybe that's why you left me out of that sh--/ Maybe that's why the Slaughterhouse ain't get dissed."
The fervor in Joell's lyrics didn't surface from any of the group members on Wednesday's "RFL" episode though, which is why that rap dream becoming reality still doesn't seem likely. But that doesn't mean Slaughterhouse isn't focused on proving they're the best.
"This level of competition that's coming back through battle rap is something that's much needed right now," Crooked I said, referencing both the Black Hippy competition and a new battle rap show that Slaughterhouse is producing. "And I think we're four perfect guys in hip-hop to really put a stamp on it."