Battles are as old as hip-hop itself. The crowd was the ultimate judge when it came to the early days of this culture. Whether it was to determine who ruled the dance floor, which neighborhood had the best deejay, or who could rock the microphone the hardest. Battles have been a staple of hip-hop since its very inception, but not in the way you might think.

Welcome to Know Your History with your host Chase March. Today we will look at the history of battle rap to find out where it came from and why it is still popular nearly forty years later. Press play and enjoy the show!

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