Eminem Announces First ‘Total Slaughter’ Rap Battle Event In New York


This summer is about to get Shady.

Eminem is bringing a rap battle league to New York for a “Total Slaughter” competition, set to take place at the Hammerstein Ballroom July 12. Slaughterhouse fans can also expect the rap troupe’s favorites, like Joe Budden, to take the mic at the inaugural show, hosted by Shady Records and the hip hop website, WatchLOUD.

“What we look at this opportunity as, is a way to do for battle rapping what UFC did for MMA,” Eminem’s manager, Paul Rosenberg, tells Rolling Stone.

Eminem adds, “I’m a passionate battle fan, so this is something I’ve always thought about doing.”

Total Slaughter tickets go on limited pre-sale on May 2, and will be made available to the public on May 16.