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Murda Mook Announces Return To Battle Rap

New York City, NY – Battle rap fans are going to have plenty to talk about this summer.

After confirming last week he’d be battling on NYC’s Rare Breed Entertainment platform, the Harlem battle legend spoke on his return in a video recorded at the league’s recent Pearly Gates 2 event.

RBE host and co-owner A.R.P. and battle rap blogger Jay Blac joined Mook on stage to cover some groundwork on the August 18 battle. Blac asked Mook why he’d decided to return after not battling for four years, with Mook simply replying the money was right. He went on to say that battle rappers are artists who should uphold their integrity as well, instead of jumping at every bag they get offered.

Jay then asked if Mook was prepared to adapt to the new school of battle rappers who come heavy with the punchlines.

“Bro, JAY Z just dropped 4:44, didn’t he?” Mook answered. “Did he adapt to any of this swag shit and all that? Nah. I am who I am because niggas fuck with how I rap. I can’t go out there and rap like somebody else.”

A.R.P. stepped in to detail that the battle will have two four-minute rounds, a one-minute grace period, no allowance for the host to call time, and an unlimited third round.

Though it wasn’t officially announced at last weekend’s event, after much speculation, it was revealed this week that Mook’s opponent will be St. Louis star Aye Verb.

ITS OFFICAL … 8/18/18 RBE PRESENTS RARE BREEDS
FEATURING THE RETURN OF @MurdaMookez VS @AYEVERB AT CLUB DROM WHERE IT ALL STARTED!

STAY TUNED FOR MORE BATTLES ANNOUNCED ON THIS CARD #RBE #BRICKBYBRICK #RAREBREEDS #AUG18TH

— MURDA MOOK HAS RETURNED (@ItsARP) May 7, 2018

THERES SO MUCH INFO I WANT TO GET TO THE FANS LEADING INTO THE MOOK CARD. THE MAKING OF MOOK VS VERB…. WHY, HOW, THE MATCHUP OPTIONS. ALL THE COOL DETAILS THAT FANS WILL ENJOY.. JUST BE CAREFUL TO NOT JUMP INTO SPECULATION THAT HASNT COME DIRECTLY FROM RBE FOLKS.. MUCH RESPECT

— MURDA MOOK HAS RETURNED (@ItsARP) May 9, 2018

WE SEE OFTEN HOW BATTLERS ARE LEFT TO ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS SOLO… SO LET ME BE THE 1ST TO SAY THAT @MurdaMookez DIDNT CHOOSE HIS OPPONENT… RBE DID! S/O VERB FOR ROCKIN WIT RBE ALSO.. NOW WE LOOK FWD TO 2 OF THE BIGGEST NAMES IN BATTLE RAP PUTTING THEIR LEGACY ON THE LINE #RBE

— MURDA MOOK HAS RETURNED (@ItsARP) May 8, 2018

Mook has largely been absent from the active battle rap circuit in the last eight years. Part of that is due to his quote of $100,000 for a battle, which was given in an interview with VladTV in 2014. His last two official battles were with Iron Solomon on URL and Loaded Lux at Total Slaughter, which were in 2012 and 2014, respectively.

Focused ……..(nothing to do with BATTLE rap) y’all be fiends lmfao

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Aye Verb has also been building up hype around the battle on Twitter, changing his profile name to “MOOK WILL FALL……8/18” and starting the hashtag #newrulewhenibecomeking.

Today is 4/12, watch within 30-40 days I’m bout to revive some EXTREME hate from battle rappers ? I ADVISE any body in this battle world to play nice with me , OR you will have absolutely NO relationship with me ..how u act NOW is how I act LATER ..?.. so it’s ?

— MOOK WILL FALL……8/18 (@AYEVERB) April 12, 2018

#newrulewhenibecomeking

If I catch ANY battle rapper doing any hoe ass shit like being jealous R sum shit hoes do, you will have to go on stage and little “Scorts” the shit that hoes used to wear .. skirt in the front , shorts in the back , I will allow you to wear Jordan’s

— MOOK WILL FALL……8/18 (@AYEVERB) May 9, 2018

#newrulewhenibecomeking
*cough*
ALL BATTLE MCZ MUST BE VERIFIED BY AT LEAST ONE HIGHLY RESPECTED HUMAN FROM THE CITY THAT YOU REP .. no more GEEK TO SHEEK moments .. once we begin to allow just “ANYBODY” in battle rap who rhyme words the culture went south..
-CEASAR (verb)

— MOOK WILL FALL……8/18 (@AYEVERB) May 9, 2018

The rest of the card has yet to be announced. Tickets, which are $100 and $300 for stage passes, are available for the battle here. Stage passes are currently sold out.

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