Battle rap staple Math Hoffa first confirmed a legendary matchup between himself and Wu-Tang Clan heavyweight Method Man on August 16 — noting in a follow-up post that it would be dropping randomly during the week. It appears that August 19 is the day, as the pre-recorded head-to-head was officially released.
Though it may not be what fans had envisioned (being only one round as opposed to three). There is a lot to love about both the polished battle and crowd-free format.
Many were curious about how Meth would perform in a battle at this point in his career. While there has been a limited history of battle rappers successfully crossing over to mainstream careers. There is an even more limited record of rappers doing the inverse. Joe Budden faced Hollow Da Don at Total Slaughter in 2014 and was unable to translate his bars to the format convincingly. Canibus — a rap titan who famously traded lyrical jabs with industry icon LL Cool J in his heyday — couldn’t even remember his bars and had to take out a notebook, crushing the souls of fans worldwide in the process.
Yes. It’s real. #fortheculture pic.twitter.com/BXH92OinT2
— the JUSTIN project coming soon! (@MATHHOFFA) August 16, 2020
Next up for Math Hoffa is a battle between himself and Cassidy affiliate JAG. Set to take place as part RBE’s Mask Off event, available on August 29, 2020.