(AllHipHop News) The main event of Saturday night’s Total Slaughter featured the rare battle that pitted a full-time battle rapper against a high-profile signed artist.
Hollow Da Don versus Joe Budden was one of the most anticipated battles of the year with fans, other emcees, and media personalities taking sides on who would walk out the victor.
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Hollow was named the winner of the bout, but the NYC emcee is still not proud of his performance that night. Speaking with ThisSh*tIsHotSun, Hollow revealed he felt technical difficulties played a part in him not doing his best.
“I’m my worse critic. So I’m going to definitely feel disappointed because I didn’t feel like I did my best potential because of the mic,” Hollow said. “I don’t want to make excuses, but people don’t understand when your s**t is off and your words are going in and out – you’re hearing that s**t. You’re thinking in your head, ‘this f**king mic is f**king…’ And you’re still trying to rap.”
Issues with the microphones were a major problem during the Hollow-Budden match. The two competitors had to switch handless mics at one point, and Budden eventually decided to use a hand-held mic.
Even with Hollow saying the audio problems threw him off, he still believes the judges gave the victory to the right person. He just to did not demolish Budden the way he would have like to have done.
“I’m not going to sit here like all these other battle rappers, and be like, ‘I killed it. Easy body. 3-0,” said Hollow. “I don’t feel I lost. I just felt like I could have did better and killed him.”
Watch Hollow Da Don’s interview below.