(Above Image: Cortez/Hollow Da Don: Copy & Paste music video)
When our staff first sat down to discuss EBA (Elite Battling Association) and RapGrid.com, we decided its important to work exclusively with battlers we know make good music and are striving to have as big of an impact with their albums, mixtapes, EPs, etc. as they do with their battle videos.
Emcees like Dumbfoundead, Serius Jones, and Soul Khan have managed to break the mold and promote themselves outside of the battle rap world and thus, end up making guest appearances on popular radio stations and TV shows, as well as touring successfully. This is great, but not everyone has the business savvy, know-how or connections as the few who have broke the mold.
Enter the RapGrid.com Marketplace: A place where emcees plugged into our network can actively promote and sell their projects while fans watch their battles. We serve as an iTunes tailored towards the battle community. In the near future I would like to establish a library of all battle rappers mixtapes and provide a download section similar to something seen on popular sites like Datpiff and LiveMixtapes.
We are entering a new age: battle rappers CAN make music - you just have to give these guys a listen and decided what you like best. With battle rap at its peak, everyone has thrown a foot in the ring - some to even promote their music.
Since the site has gone live, we have featured albums and singles from: Hollow Da Don, Illmaculate and Swave Sevah. On (at least) a bi-weekly basis we will be looking to actively promote more battle rappers with paid projects and merchandise.
Check out "The Exception" from Cortez, which dropped exclusively on RapGrid today:
More projects from artists such as Marvwon and Head Ice are on the way soon. If are an emcee with some projects you would like to drop exclusively on RapGrid, please email us at [email protected].
Please support music from your favorite battle rappers, they have provided us with hours of free entertainment over the years - its time to give back: the future of our community exists solely on the growth of our people.