YouTube user HAYSTAKRULESWHITERAP (wonder if [s]he's affiliated directly with Haystak?) recently posted a video of the illustrious local calling out de facto white rapper supreme Eminem at a show. As you may or may not be able to make out from the video, Haystak spits some hot fire that sounds pretty well-received before saying something (apparently directed at Marshall Mathers himself) along the lines of "Ya'll reckon that'll make that bitch-ass white boy make another album? 'Cause I'm tryin' to work. If this was the IBF, he woulda had to come out and box me five and a half years ago to defend his title."
I won't lie. I haven't checked out a great deal of local hip-hop, but some folks (i.e. my sister) have told me that Haystak is a gifted lyricist. After listening to a handful of tracks and seeing some of his album titles (Car Fulla White Boys, Portrait of a White Boy), it sounds like he's pretty serious about becoming the dominant white rapper on the scene. I'm not sure why the whole race thing needs to be a factor, but I wish him the best. Maybe he'll land a duel with Eminem if he keeps it up.
I did, however, get a chance to check out local emcee 247 last weekend at The 5 Spot (with The Garland Sisters and Tallest Trees of all people), and I was seriously impressed. Definitely more my speed, 247 typically plays with a backing band, but even solo with just his iPod, the man has flow. He recently released an album that's worth a listen, but as far as I can tell you'll have to purchase a copy from him in person.