Interview | Detroit Battle Rapper “B-Rabbit”


Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration
Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

The rap battle scene is making a comeback, so last night we sent one of our writers to The Shelter club in Detroit to check out some of the area’s top underground MCs. Taking home the “W” last night was Detroit native (8 Mile to be specific) Jimmy Smith, who also goes by the rap name of B-Rabbit. The kid is white, but don’t let that fool you, he has some serious skills. A bold claim, but don’t be surprised if this guy grows into the greatest rapper of all time (you heard it here first). And because of his skills, we caught up with B-Rabbit after rocking The Shelter to get his story and talk about his big win last night.

Check out our exclusive interview with B-Rabbit below, as well as a video of some of his battles from last night.

Introduce yourself to our readers.

Hey, what’s up? My name is B-Rabbit from Detroit and I represent 8-Mile.

So how would you describe your story.

I would describe my story as “a young rapper, struggling with every aspect of his life, who wants to make the most of what could be his final opportunity but his problems around gives him doubts.”

Wow, sounds like it’s taken right out of an IMDB description.


Congrats on the big wins last night, were you nervous?

For sure. Palms were sweaty to say the least. But then I said to myself “Look, if you had one shot or one opportunity, to seize everything you ever wanted in one moment, would you capture it? Or just let it slip?”

Powerful. So what were your favorite lines of the night?

Well in one of the first battles, I was up against this dude Lotto. He’s is part of a rap group called the “Free World”, who are basically like Odd Future. But instead of making good music and being funny, they make shit music and take your leftover thots. Anyways, he was wearing this wife beater that looked like it was painted on, so I hit him with the “Lookin’ like a cyclone hit you / Tank top screaming ‘Lotto, I don’t fit you!'” line.

Classic! So then in the final round you went against Papa Doc. It was pretty self loathing to be honest, but you dropped some info about him that essentially made him choke. How did you find out all that stuff about him?

Honestly? It’s all on his Facebook. You’d be surprised how much information people reveal on the internet.

Well I’ll let you go, you got a long successful career ahead of you. A word of advice though, if you ever get to work with Rick Rubin in the future, please don’t overuse not-so-subtle samples from the 1990s that basically sound like remakes, on an album that you’ll say isn’t a sequel to an older classic album yet it shares the same title but with a 2 at the end.

Not sure what that means, but thanks!


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