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Axe
Axe battle rapper 2003
Real Name Samuel Young
Origin Jacksonville, FL (born Jasper, AL)
Rap Group Axe Music
Leagues Sacred Society, The Chamber, New Jerusalem, Ell Oh Crew
Motto Welcome To The Choppin Block!!

Axe (born Samuel Scott Young, Sept 16, 1975) pioneered the first battle rap leagues along with Fam Nice in the 1990s. Since 2013, Young, who is also a Navy veteran, has been the Commander of U.S. Veterans Lighthouse.

Overview

Axe is the co-founder of Sacred Society Battle League, which includes Jive Records artist Mickey Factz and Rawkus Records artist Novel Stevenson. Between 1998 and 2002 Axe also created several of the internets first battle rap websites which greatly increased the popularity of the rap battle scene. Battle leagues such as Ell Oh Crew, New Jerusalem, Sacred Society, Ground Zero, and The Chamber were extremely popular among rookie and veteran battlers in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Axe is ranked 69th in the Top 100 Battle Rappers on VerseTracker and manages the production of Sacred Society albums and videos. Several Sacred artists also feature his artwork on their covers including 13adluck's "Snortfolio Volume 2" and Franky Goya's "Suck My Style".

Sacred Society Battle League
Sacred Society WALL OF LEGENDS

In 1999, battlers Fam Nice and Axe who were members of Ell Oh Crew, branched out to create the forum style version of battle rap that is currently used today with their leagues Sacred Society (formerly known as New Jerusalem). Those sites conducted battle rap in both audio and text. However, it was first and foremost a battle league. Sacred Society had interviews, hip hop news, tournaments with rookie and pro levels known as the Boot Camp and the Gravel Pit and big yearly tournaments were known as Pay-Per-View. There was a cash pot and the winner took all. PPV 8 was the last of these tournaments. Battlers were also ranked and competed for the top position known as the "Supreme Lyricist" on a monthly basis. The "Esco Award" was voted on monthly for the emcee with the darkest content and style. Axe won the Esco Award a record seven times before retiring. No other Sacred emcee has won the award more than twice.

Sacred Society Battle League closed up shop in 2008 shortly before it's most well known artist, Mickey Factz, was selected as one of XXL magazine's 2009 "Freshmen of the Year". Factz went on to become a successful artist signing with Jive Recording and recording tracks with popular hip hop stars like Drake and Lupe Fiasco. Other Sacred artists such as Times Change and Half Past Seven has been featured on URL Battle League and Eminem's Shade 45 Radio, making Sacred Society one of the most successful battle rap platforms to date.

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