(AllHipHop Features) For many Hip Hop followers, the new era battle rap scene has become the most authentic segment of the art form in the culture today. With millions of views on YouTube and committed fans attending battle leagues' events around the world, the global appeal of battle rap cannot be denied.
Over the next several weeks AllHipHop.com will highlight some of the battle rap stars that helped elevate the sport to an international phenomenon. Up first is one of New York’s finest - Murda Mook.
Mook originally had his heart set on besting opponents on a NBA court, but during his time at Elms College in the early 2000’s, he switched his focus to beating rap foes at lyrical chess. The self-described “King of Battle Rap” is now one of the most recognizable figures in the game with numerous classic battles under his belt.
Fresh off his recent victory at Total Slaughter against fellow battle rap legend Loaded Lux, Murda Mook connected with AllHipHop.com for the initial installment of the “Profiles In Battle Rap” series.
Harlem, New York
Style Known For (ie: aggression, wordplay, punch lines, freestyle)
All of the above!
Leagues Competed In
Smack/URL, Fight Klub, Total Slaughter
Street Smart, School’s Out, Countdown To Murda, Untouchable, Murda He Wrote
Favorite Battle (Participant)
Me vs. Loaded Lux (Part 1)
Favorite Battle (Non-Participant)
T-Rex vs. Math Hoffa
One Of Your All-Time Hottest Lines
"Remember A.I. crossed Mike out his sneakers?/It seemed so much worse cause we ain’t think Mike had a weakness/Off of that one move, A.I. got his fame/They forgot Jordan had 35 and still won the game!”
Your Battle Rap Mount Rushmore
Me, Loaded Lux, T-Rex, Jae Millz
One Mainstream Rapper You'd Like To Battle
Name One Battler You Think Could Possibly Beat You On Their Absolute A-Game
Artists You've Worked With Musically
Akon, Jadakiss, Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J, Raekwon, Bow Wow, Ron Browz, Ma$e, Ginuwine, Slim of 112
Your Battle Rap Hit List
Only person I want is Eminem.
Top 5 Emcees DOA
Eminem, Jay Z, Big L, Biggie, Tupac
Do You Prefer To Participate In A Debatable Battle Or A Clear Victory?
I prefer a clear victory. I love to win, and I want my win to be a unanimous, hands down win.
Where Do You See Battle Rap Going In The Future?
Battle rap will take over the music industry. Battle rappers will become millionaires. Right now it’s the release from the “b.s.” in Hip Hop, because fans can hear real lyrics.
Watch Mook’s new video for “Preach” below.