One of the most popular subcultures of the hip hop genre is the art of freestyle battle rap. Over the years, many of the most famous rappers and this art form have built very successful careers in the music recording industry. Without striving to be the catalyst for their fame and fan base, it is highly unlikely that they would otherwise have received this amount of success. Many fans of these rappers, and other famous rappers alike, are incredibly interested in hearing the details of the alleged freestyle battles that have taken place between them and others in the past. Some of these alleged clashes of lyrical wit have become part of rap legend, and very few people know the exact details of what happened, other than the two rappers personally involved.
Although many of these alleged rap battles have become very famous over the years, none of them are as talked about as the alleged coincidence between hip hop icon Eminem and underground freestyle battles rap legend Eyedea. . Fans in rap circles around the world have been constantly talking about this supposed battle for years, but have never come to a definitive conclusion or answer.
The general consensus states that this match has never occurred and that it would have been impossible for these two to meet under any circumstances. This is supported by the geographic locations of each package being so far apart. It is noted that while these two emcees used to be frequent regulars on the battle circuit, they never participated in the same event officially or unofficially, making it extremely unlikely that they would have a private one-on-one battle.
Another reason that points to the improbability of this match occurring is the fact that no witnesses have come forward to testify that the match took place. Furthermore, neither Eminem nor Eyedea have ever stated that this encounter occurred, so the possibility of it happening is extremely unlikely.
But contrary to the points mentioned above, which are quite valid, there is a person who claims to have the footage on film. Phillip Drummond, one of the pioneers in freestyle battle imagery, has seen thousands of classic battles appear live in front of him. Responsible for launching the incredibly successful battle of Mind Games 2, he is one of the most legendary people involved in rap battles today. And he himself claims that he is the only person who has this footage. Unfortunately, when many fans ask him to watch it, he immediately rejects them, sometimes violently, leaving fans of the battle shocked and in the dark as to whether or not the battle actually took place.
So in conclusion, at this time there is no specific evidence linking these 2 lyrical warriors together officially. But until Phillip Drummond is proven to be a liar about his footage, the mystery will certainly live to fight another day.