While rap battles still hold relevancy in today’s times, Shady Records’ Yelawolf recently said he would gracefully forfeit a mic challenge against hip-hop star Eminem.
Along with Em, Yela said rapper Cyhi Da Prince‘s lyrical skills also eliminate him from a possible challenge.
The unassuming southern rapper, who possesses one of the more blistering flows in the game, humbly bowed down to his new boss Eminem. “I’d say Marshall is definitely at the top of the list,” agreed Yela. “Cyhi Da Prince is metaphorically the illest dude out right now in my opinion. Just the way that he can flip words, he’ll just tear you apart.” Yela confessed during the interview that battling wasn’t his forte such as it was for Em in his younger days coming up in Detroit. Hailing from the small town of Gadsden in Alabama, the opportunity for head to head competition for Yela was scarce. “Where I grew up, there was never a battle scene,” shared Yelawolf. “I never got to exercise that because frankly it’ll get you beat up in Gadsden.” Yela added, “There was never no scene, no ciphers, no real scene to get in. So I’m not really equipped in that arena anyway.” Yela wrapped up his answers succinctly by saying “I definitely wouldn’t want it with Marshall or [Cyhi Da] Prince. Nobody does.” (RapFix)
Last summer, Em gave out some personal advice for battle emcees.
“I came up on the local Detroit scene and everything was about battling,” Em said in an interview. “If you wanted to make a name for yourself, the battle scene was so huge, it was battles every couple months where anybody who was anybody trying to make a name for themselves would come out. I think one of my greatest inspirations or things that I would feed off of was people not believing, the cloud of doubt I felt hanging over my head and I just wanted to prove everybody wrong. I wanted to make it and I was gonna make it regardless of what anybody said. I’m looking for somebody, one to stand out to be unique and also say the sickest, most ridiculous retarded sh*t you can say and think of that would make somebody quit. Emcees have competitive spirits, that’s why we’re in it and we do what we do. I would have written lines, I would have punchlines, that I would be prepared to say at anytime to kinda figure out on the spot what punchlines I would pick and choose for this person that was in my face but also be able to mix in freestyle with it. That would be the basic formula that I would follow, have my punchlines ready to go but also be able to say something spontaneous too.” (Real Talk NY)
In 2009, rapper Asher Roth revealed his inability to battle other artists.
“I’m not a battle emcee,” Roth revealed. “I don’t like using my powers to tell people they suck. I’d rather just rap about what’s going on in my head. As far as content and substance, I don’t think [I’m like Eminem], but you never really know…I’m just happy I’ve been given a platform. Being white spawns [comparisons] right off the bat, but I think time is on my side, and people will see that there’s something really here.” (New York Post)
Popular battle rapper Jadakiss previously shared some insight on going after artists on diss records.
“You need the people on your side if you’re feuding with any artist or anybody,” Kiss explained. “If the people believe in you and they behind you, you’ll be able to have a good come out in the end, like the results will be all right. And then, these rap feuds be really frivolous like you know what I mean, they don’t be like, it’s not really over money or it’s not over somebody violating somebody’s family. I mean now they gettin’ to that with this whole Internet thing you know what I mean.” (Hard Knock TV)
Check out some recent Yelawolf footage below: