Battle rap is about to come to the forefront on July 12 in New York City, as Eminem is set to showcase the first event in his new battle rap league. This comes after Em and Slaughterhouse announced the league in January. The event is set to go down at the Hammerstein Ballroom and will even feature Joe Budden jumping back into action to take on well-known battle rapper Hollow Da Don.

"I'm a passionate battle fan, so this is something I've always thought about doing," said Eminem. "I came up battling at the same time I was making records and learning my way around the studio. It's a little bit different in terms of the kinds of tools you need, but the competitiveness is the same. The times I didn't win gave me just as much light in the past as when I did. It's all about your performance."

The battle is also set to feature a highly anticipated heavyweight rematch between Murda Mook and Loaded Lux. A limited pre-sale of the tickets for the event are set to drop on May 2, and tickets for the general public being available on May 16.

[via RollingStone]

UPDATE: Beginning June 18, FUSE will air the reality series Road to Total Slaughter. Co-produced by Eminem, the show will follow eight contestants as they vie for a chance to compete in the "Total Slaughter" event on July 12.

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