Drake and Chris Brown’s bottle brawl is the bar fight that just won’t quit. Now, we see exactly what the narrative might be worth: Celebrity Boxing has gone ahead and offered the offending parties $1 million a piece to literally duke it out at L.A.’s Staples Center on August 25th. The fight’s potential organizer, Damon Feldman, says that Celebrity Boxing has organized 55 matches like this — think Danny Bonaduce vs. Jose Canseco, think Rodney King vs. a random cop — and he promises that “this would be the most interesting of all.” And as a cherry on top, he’s offered a portion of the proceeds to a charity that supports abuse victims. Yikes.
So, you know, should the two rap stars so choose, there is a venue, a financier, and a charitable motive ready to make this fight happen. So will it (happen, that is)?
Of course not. Both artists have far too much at stake to bet it all on a mere milli. The more logical venue for this fight to play on the mic, the jabs lyrical. Diss songs have proven lucrative in the past, and inspired new material has potential to turn rubberneckers into new fans. The narrative could work for them, they don’t have to work for the narrative.
More over, we almost definitely should not be condoning this. Brown — someone who has famously struggled with anger management problems — should probably not be encouraged to count violence as a means of resolution. In or out of the ring, for sport or otherwise. This whole thing sounds like a terrible idea.