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Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me. Uh, yeah, there's at least one recently deceased 27-year-old rapper who'd probably beg to differ with that adage after an MC battle turned deadly earlier this week in the Motor City. Having witnessed countless battles in my time, I figured that sooner or later someone's ego would be irreparably damaged to the point where they'd lash out. Hell, I've seen some pretty ruthless rhymesayers say some pretty jacked up stuff over the years, and I have to admit that pervading sense of impending violence was half the draw. But at most, I was thinking fisticuffs. Never imagined anyone would actually get killed over some shit like that. Yikes.

-- Dave Herrera

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