Keith Murray vs. Fredro Starr Was Completely Insane

MC WAR's long-delayed battle finally went down. It was weird.

The match-up that took almost two years to put together happened last night, and, judging by the feedback from the battle rap community, maybe shouldn't have.

The long-awaited battle between industry artists Keith Murray (Def Squad) and Fredro Starr (Onyx) went down last night in Brookyln, N.Y. after falling apart very publicly in September 2014.

The event drew a crowd of about 300 people, including VIPs like Peter Gunz, Beasley, Charlie Clips, DNA, K-Shine, Math Hoffa, OD, Iron Solomon and Goodz. Murda Mook and Loaded Lux hosted the headliner, although they were really only on the mic briefly.

Several warm-up acts and an undercard battle didn't do much to move the live crowd and were thoroughly mocked by the online audience, and though it was meant to begin at "11:00 p.m. sharp," the headline battle finally got underway around 1:30 a.m.

Murray ran his opening bars back three times and used a rastacap with fake dreadlocks attached to it as a prop, and at times got physical with pretty much anyone who was within shoving distance of him.


Starr was far more composed, coming with well-memorized material that he spat aggressively, sometimes past the MC WAR staff members who were struggling to keep the two emcees away from each other.

Despite the physicality, the battle ended with the two emcees hugging before quickly leaving the stage. contributor Frankie Piff was in the building to witness the event first-hand.

I think people are taking the battle way too serious. There are some hilarious quotables ... even though they were dead serious. The weirdest part was that 85% of the crowd was over 40 and reacting to shit no fan of this era would. Two fights almost broke out outside, one involving Jack Thriller and then two more inside. Security felt like you were boarding a plane. You got patted down by two sets of bouncers and everyone had to take their shoes off.

There was also constant commentary from the peanut gallery watching the (admittedly high-quality) free livestream from home. Twitter users and YouTube commenters didn't hold back at all. Here are some reactions to the main event.

Not all reaction to the battle was negative though, with several commentators praising the quality of the stream, Fredro's performance, and the sheer entertainment value of the whole event. contributor Jason "Majin" Dotts also posted his thoughts to his personal blog:

Allow me to provide the short version for yโ€™allโ€ฆKeith Murray got his ass beat SO bad that he went back to being unselectable on my copy of def jam vendetta. Nigga was a shadow in a box I couldnโ€™t select b. Had to unlock him again and as soon as the announcer said fight, keith Murray dropped and the term k.o. Adorned my screenโ€ฆand I had to unlock the nigga AGAIN.

Read more of that piece here.

ThatShitIsHotSunLive caught up with Murda Mook after the battle, who gave both emcees kudos for stepping in the ring:

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