Geechi Gotti performs onstage at BET's Freestyle Friday: LA at YouTube Space LA on June 15, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
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Meet the Champions Who Are Taking Over the Battle Rap World One Freestyle at a Time

Battle rap has been a staple in the hip-hop world for ages. Read to get to know the battle rappers who are taking over the game right now!


Oct. 24 2023, Published 3:16 p.m. ET

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In the electrifying world of battle rap, where lyrical prowess and stage presence reign supreme, a dynamic wave of emerging talent is poised to revolutionize the game.

These are the rising stars, the wordsmiths who wield the mic like a weapon and engage in lyrical warfare to conquer the competition.

Join us as we introduce you to the future titans of battle rap. Meet the artists whose verses set stages ablaze and leave audiences in awe.

Eazy the Block Captain

Eazy da Block Captain looks serious and wears gray sweatshirt that says "Gutta City," glasses, and a white and black fitted cap.
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Born on August 17, 1988, Eazy the Block Captain is a battle rap sensation from Philadelphia. He made a name for himself by clashing with formidable opponents such as Geechi, K Shine, Rex, and Chess.

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In an interview with Fox 5, the rapper shared his unique approach to battling, comparing himself to a relentless predator. Eazy, much like Thanos, holds all the gems. The rapper's skills have made him the target everyone wants to challenge.

He's also tried his hand at acting, with appearances on Outside and Peacock's Bel-Air.

Between crafting his next battle rap masterpiece and honing his acting skills, Eazy often finds himself embroiled in controversy.

Recently, he made headlines for a rumored feud with Papoose. According to speculations, Papoose's wife, Remy Ma, had an affair with Eazy.

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The rumors of Remy's infidelity surfaced in June of 2023. Sources claimed that the “Alphabetical Slaughter” MC confronted Eazy The Block Captain at a Chrome 23 rap battle.

“I see Papoose, and it was kind of like an aggressive motion, and Papoose swings,” an attendee claimed on Star Report Radio (per Atlanta Black Star.)

“The next thing I know, Eazy was on the floor and it was a lot of commotion, and people were running out of the room. Remy came in, and her security came behind her. And then they closed the door and they were arguing.”

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They continued: “So this whole ‘it didn’t happen’ is bulls--t. He did go night-night. Papoose put Eazy The Block Captain to sleep last night. What it was about, I don’t know, but he was playing Remy very close last night. A little too close for comfort.”

Remy has since slammed the rumors, tweeting: “I’d like to apologize to everyone that was disappointed tonight because we couldn’t get 3 full rounds from all the opponents. I tried.

"And can y’all please stop with the Eazy and Pap lies? There’s no place like Chrome," she went on. "Right back at it, see y'all in August #Chrome23.”

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Geechie Gotti

Known for his skilled wordplay, captivating performances, and affiliation with leagues such as Ultimate Rap League (URL), Geechie Gotti is a prominent battle rapper straight out of Compton, Calif.

He has battled some of the biggest names in the battle rap game including Eazy the Block Captain, Bad Newz, Rosenberg Raw, and Loaded Lux. He is highly regarded for his consistency and impactful performances.

Geechi Gotti's contributions to the battle rap culture have earned him a dedicated fan base and a place among the top battle rappers in the game.

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Tsu Surf

TSU Surf looks serious wearing a black shit and a large diamond chain that says RB.
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Tsu Surf, whose real name is Rahjon Cox, is a well-known battle rapper and hip-hop artist hailing from Newark, N.J.

Tsu Surf has gained recognition for his lyricism, storytelling abilities, and captivating performances in battle rap leagues — particularly in the URL.

In the years since his battle rap career first began, he's garnered a dedicated following in the battle rap world and the hip-hop community at large, thus solidifying his position as one of the top-tier battle rappers in the industry.

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Rum Nitty

Rum Nitty, whose real name is D'Marco Walker, is a prominent battle rapper known for his intricate wordplay, punchlines, and aggressive delivery. Hailing from Phoenix, Arizona, Nitty is associated with battle rap leagues like the URL and King of the Dot (KOTD).

Rum Nitty has faced off against many respected opponents in the battle rap scene. Some of the battle rappers he has gone up against include T-Rex, Charlie Clips, Geechi Gotti, Shotgun Suge, and K-Shine.

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