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When Eminem’s “Total Slaughter” event was announced one of the most anticipated battles on the July 12, 2014, show, was Hollow Da Don vs. Joe Budden.
However, behind the scenes Hollow wasn’t happy with several issues leading up to the event and made the decision to sabotage it.
In a new interview with Unbiased Review, the Queens, New York representative breaks down why he didn’t feel like he had any other choice.
1. He and Joe had previously agreed to meet at a different event. His payday would have been significant, but Joe’s management team killed it because their client’s likeness was owned by Shady Records and they wanted the two to meet on “Total Slaughter.”
2. Hollow says he got low balled by the organizers of “Total Slaughter.”
3. After signing his contract he saw Russell Simmons, Steve Rifkind and Smack White having a conversation. At that point he started to get the feeling that the major labels planned a takeover of the battle rap scene. Established industry artists like Mistah Fab, Royce 5’9 and Ab-Soul would become the stars and battle rappers would be relegated to a lower tier.
4. Major money was poured into the show’s production, meanwhile the emcees on the the card weren’t getting their fair share in Hollow’s opinion.
Hollow apologizes to Eminem and Royce 5’9 because he knows they come from the culture and didn’t play a part in any of his grievances.
Instead, he laid the blame on Paul Rosenberg and Jimmy iovine.
Check out the full interview below to hear the ways Hollow threw a monkey wrench into the event