The most anticipated Battle Rap event of the year–staged by Alki David‘s ETV.com and Fresh Coast Media’s Lush One, takes place at the Belasco Theater in LA tonight while simultaneously streaming on pay-per-view. The main card brings Cassidy out of retirement to battle Dizaster. A wildcard element was announced yesterday that Bizzy Bones of Bone Thugs N Harmony will also battle on the main stage. But perhaps the most over the top addition to the event is the creation of a second stage, outside the Belasco, for fans on a lower budget: Hologram USA will create a stage and beam the main stage action via 3D telepresence–the same technology that created the famous Tupac Shakur hologram at Coachella in 2013.
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Tickets for inside at the Belasco range from $40 to $450 (which gets you exclusive VIP access and a meet and greet with the artists) but are almost sold out. The budget tickets are $19.99 and include a festival atmosphere with food trucks. All tickets and info can be accessed here.
The pay per view event on ETV follows previous success streaming Akon live from the Congo for the U.N.’s Day of Peace, a fight between YouTube star Antoine Dodson and the “Bed Intruder” and the one of a kind Bone Thugs N Harmony reunion show.
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Watch the trailer for tonight’s Battle Rap event here.