Hip Hop's Battles
Saturday, April 26, 2003
Part of the fun of Eminem's movie 8 Mile was watching him and another rapper battle it out, improvising insults for the approval of the crowd. Hip hop has always depended on rappers being paired off like this. Three writers who watch hip hop tell us how it works — William Eric Perkins in Philadelphia, Trisha Rose in Santa Cruz, and Adam Mansbach in Berkeley California. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell.