Battle Rap: From the Mainstage to the Booth

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In today’s hip-hop culture, there’s a misconception about battle rappers and the music they make. Some people believe they are unable to transition from the big stage to the rap booth. Do you find this depiction accurate?

When compared to the average mainstream artist, most battlers have a fan base just as large. The lyricism and ingenuity they display trumps 90% of the music you hear on your favorite radio station. So why don’t they get the recognition they deserve?

In some cases, the artist may be targeting the wrong audience. Instead of branching out to new listeners, they are catering to the battle rap community and their day-one fans. But don’t throw in the towel just yet; I stumbled across quite a few gems over the past few years that I would like to share with you today.

B.L.I.S.S by Aye Verb is a prime example of a battler thinking out of the box and expanding his reach. It’s not something you would hear on the mainstage, but it resonates well with people outside of battle rap.

Talk Dirty 2 by Loaded Lux is probably one of my favorite albums of 2019. The lyricism alone is on another echelon. You’re guaranteed to find a hidden gem with each new listen.

MSYKM and Seven 25 by Tsu Surf are both certified street bangers. They explore all aspects of being on the field and give you a glimpse of what it’s like to walk in the artist’s shoes.

Resolutions by Cortez is the newest album to join the list. With so much happening in 2020, it’s no surprise Mr. Bodega had a lot to speak on. It’s a hustler’s diary filled with loss, regret, and the ambition to get it by any means.

For more music-related news and business inquiries, you can follow these gentlemen on Instagram @therealayeverb @iamloadedlux @tsu_surf @cortez_bodega. Also, be sure to check out their full music catalogs on your favorite streaming platforms.

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