It’s been over a year since the unfortunate cancellation of the highly-anticipated battle between veteran rap legends Fredro Starr and Keith Murray. Now, the Generation X event will take place this October in Brooklyn, New York, altering the typical modern battle rap format just a tad.
Generation X was put together by Atlanta-based battle rap league M.C. W.A.R., and the organizers have corrected the issues of last year while bringing the clash to the hometown of the warring artists. The hype building up to this battle was immense before, and has grown back to its original pitch. Adding to the excitement, the battle will be streamed online for those fans who won’t be able to make it to New York.
From M.C. W.A.R.:
Celebrating this historic event and promoting the culture to a worldwide audience, the battle will be live streamed free on AllHipHop. Originally scheduled to take place in Atlanta last year, the event is now being hosted in the birthplace of hip-hop. “Thousands of fans disappointment the battle wasn’t being hosted here initially, so during process of reorganizing the project it made sense that it take place New York City,” says Amir James, M.C. W.A.R.’s Chief Officer.
In a departure from today’s battle culture, where rappers go up each other a cappella, this “Generation X” event features veteran DJ radio personality DJ ENUFF spinning music from Grammy-winning producer MAGNEDO7. Each rapper gets two verses—16 bars apiece— per beat. Referees will count the bars and make sure the emcees give each other ample space when rapping.
Several of Fredro Starr and Keith Murray’s peers will be in attendance and have chimed in on the upcoming battle, including Lord Jamar, Fame [MOP], Peter and Cory Gunz, Sadat X and this particularly vicious commentary from 50 Cent.
The battle is being documented by legendary New York music host Ralph “Uncle Ralph” McDaniels [Video Music Box] in addition to a range of invited media and special guests.
For tickets and more info, follow this link. It all goes down October 4, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. ET.
Check out the trailer for the Generation X battle between Fredro Starr of Onyx fame, and Keith Murray of the Def Squad camp below.
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Photo: M.C. W.A.R.