Pay close attention to the interview in the latest issue of XXL between Slaughterhouse, Eminem, and Yelawolf. A lot is discussed, but the subject that gets all parties talking is battle rap. What it used to be and what it is today. As Royce Da 5'9" says, "These kids now, they don't even call it battlin'. They just straight up call it beef."
We can't say Royce is wrong. Let's be real, what qualifies as battle rapping these days is a bunch of diss records where rappers go after one another with threats of real warfare instead of waging lyrical warfare. But oh how we long for the days when rappers wouldn't be afraid to go against one another in a straight up battle of who was nicer on the mic. Excuse our nerd-dom as we imagine what it would be like to hear these 15 battles between some of our favorite MCs.