10. T.I. 99 Problems and Lil Flip aint One
I remember the streets around that time were eager for a T.I./Ludacris showdown. The two threw jabs at each other on Young Buck’s Stomp and when T.I. was released from prison, People were ready to see these two heavyweights of the south showdown but when T.I. hit the stage, He calls out Lil Flip?
T.I’s reasoning behind calling out Flip was that he was hearing Flip was walking around calling himself the King of the South and Running A town(Which is out of Flips character) but nevertheless a war or words between both rappers brewed.
Both went back and forth on mixtapes with Flip actually holding his own but it wasn’t until T.I. dropped his Down With the King mixtape in winter 2004 is where he took Lil Flip’s career away from him. Within just one mixtape, Flip’s career took a screeching halt
Vicious lines:Lyrically I’d merk you, Physical I’ll hurt you/ You never ran the streets, You had a curfew
Results:Lil Flip never recovered from this verbal ass whipping. His albums either got shelved, bricked, or had to put out music from small labels to keep his name afloat. Here proof of what he’s doing lately is:
When Suge got released from prison, He was already continuing where he left off and that was to certify his position as the rap game bully. Suge was taking swipes at Snoop, Dre, Eminem, or anybody affilated with them every chance he got.
Snoop got fed up and got addressed Suge Knight BY NAME which was crazy around that time because Suge had people literally scared for their lives. Snoop basically laid the verbal pimp hand on Mr Knight and even calling out Xzibit and Kurupt for disloyality.
Most vicious lines: You might as well start rapping because you’re the only star on your label
Results after this song: Suge getting shot, knocked out twice, arrested numerous of times and having Death Row sold to a company in Canada.
When Canibus struck with 2nd Round KO which will still go down as one of the best diss records of all time. Many thought LL had met his match and felt that LL may have went too far mainstream to ever get back gritty.
When LL came back with Ripper Strikes Back, He not only cleverly flipped some of Canibus’s infamous lines but also proceeded to throw some very hard blows at Wyclef and Mike Tyson as well.
Vicious lines: Ask Canibus/ He aint understanding this/ Because 99% of his fans dont exist!
Results:Canibus never recovered from the Ripper Strikes Back despite having one of the best diss songs ever. His career went into a downward spiral to the point where he eventually faded out of the radar and went to join the army. He maybe a underground god but his days of ever being in the lime light are over. Especially if he’s putting out garbage like this:
For some odd reason, Benzino jumped out of the left field and dropped two diss songs on Eminem calling him a culture stealer, the white elvis, and waged a war on Shady Records. Eminem dropped two devestating diss records titled Nail in the Coffin for Benzino personally and for Source magazine titled The Sauce.
The Sauce is more damaging in my opinion because he goes deeper in the Source magazine on how their being extorted, how Benzino uses the mic system to cheat others to benefit himself and took aim at Benzino’s career:
Vicious Lines:Lets talk about how you put your own son out there/Tryin to eat off him because you missed your boat/ You’ll never blow, BITCH/ You’re just too old
Results: Benzino and David Mays were fired from the Source shortly after and started Hip Hop Weekly. The magazine maybe successful but Benzino’s career as a rapper is DONE!
6.50 Cent BackDown
50’s beef with Ja Rule dates back to early 2000 when the two use to throw serious barbs at each other on record. Shortly 50 got shot 9 times and his career looked like it was gonna be shelved for good. While 50 was away, Ja Rule and Murder Inc blossomed. They domininated the airwaves from 2000-mid 2003 and this is where 50 came back, bigger, badder, and stronger than ever.
He released a series of mixtapes for the streets to relish and using the promotion and momentum to throw shots at the Murder Inc camp whenever it be by songs, skits, or straight trash talk. But It was Backdown that really set things off.
Backed up by a very coldblooded Dr Dre beat, This was probably the first song that actually focused on Ja Rule and Murder Inc as a whole as the other songs were just lines and trash talks. 50 really went in on this cut and it proved to be a genius move as he released this on possibly the biggest selling rap album in years and made Ja Rule look like a joke within the mainstream audience.
Vicious Lines: I game in the Game to Rule and Conqure/You sing for hoes and sound like the cookie monster
Results: Ja Rule at this point is always gonna be associated to 50 Cent and how 50 manhandled his career. Irv Gotti tried his hand on Reality TV and ending up failing. BlackChild is AWOL, Cadilac Tah is AWOL. So its safe to say Murder Inc is FINISHED
5.KRS One-The Bridge is OVER
KRS’s diss towards MC shan was so throro that it shut down a whole Borough for a decade. It took a young kid from Queensbridge to drop a classic album to bring Queens back(For all you that didn’t get that. Im referring to Nas lol)
Brutal Lines:Manhattan keeps on makin it, brooklyn keeps on takin it
Bronx keeps creatin it, and queens keeps on fakin it
Results: MC Shan hasn’t been heard since! LOL
4.DJ Quik-Dollas and Sense
After going back and forth for the past years sublimally. It was’nt until Def Wish III is where MC Eiht made things real and finally called DJ Quik out by name. DJ Quik responded with Dollas and Sense and pretty much ended MC Eiht’s career with Dollas and Sense. Exposing MC Eiht’s false gang banging, his studio gangster image and his weak crew.
Most brutal lines: E-I-H-T Should I continue/ You Left out the G cuz the G aint in ya!
Results: Eiht’s career been heavily on a decline since this track. He dropped a good song here and there but his albums have since ranged from average to mediocre whereas Quik would go on to be reconized as one of hip hop’s greatest producers.
3. 2Pac Hit Em Up
This was the record that shook up the Industry and changed Hip Hop’s landscape forever. Hit Em Up pretty much changed the perception of diss records just by the disrespect shown alone. It set a bar for how diss records were structured: If it wasn’t bragging about sleeping with Biggie’s wife, dissing Prodigy’s Sickle Cell, or killing their kids. Pac didn’t give a fuck and thats what made this song impactful. The Song was crazy enough to where people thought Pac was gonna go out and kill these dudes. He took their beat and rode on them with it
This record had alot of people scared and further tossed gasolne in a brewing war between East and West. and was the first to ever come at a whole COAST. Everybody from Bad Boy, Junior Mafia, Mobb Deep, Chino XL, felt Pac’s fiery. It was powerful enough to leave alot of people in NYC quiet. Many rappers made diss records towards Pac or talked shit on tapes. They didn’t release them publically with the exception of Mobb Deep.
Most Brutal Lines: You claim to be the Playa but I fucked your wife!”
Results: This record was practically the warning shot of things to come from Tupac. His words of fiery would soon reach JayZ, Nas, Mobb Deep, Da Brat, LL Cool J, De La Soul, Dr Dre, and many others. While there were no careers really ended. Theres no denying impact and thats why Hit Em Up is high on the list.
2.Ice Cube No Vasaline
What made this record so effective is the fact that it was the first diss record to dismantle a whole rap crew. After months of taunting and shots sent by his former bandmates N.W.A… Ice Cube saved the best for last on his Death Certificate album and proceed to drop the orignal Napalm bomb on his former bandmates.
“Yella Boy is on ya team so ya losing/ Ayo Dre stick to producing/Calling me Arnold but you benadict/Eazy E saw your ass and went in it quick!”
Results. No Vasaline KILLED NWA.
What made Ether the most damaging and most effective diss record is not how raw it was but also how influential the term Ether became after Nas dropped the track and how it made the public look at JayZ in a different light. JayZ around the time was feeling untouchable. He felt he destroyed Mobb Deep and Nas with the Takeover, His record went gold the first week despite the twin towers dropping and Rocafella was going the next level in terms of doing business.
But on one cold December night, All of it changed when DJ Kay Slay debuted Nas’s response to Takeover and it ended up being one of hip hop greatest moments. Not only did he attack Jay’s hypocrisy, how Jay beged him to put on, his biting of Biggies lyrics, and how Eminem outshined him on Renegades. It was a track that shifted the tide of the battle and resserged Nas’s career overnight. It was powerful enough to make the God MC Jay Hova studder and sound like he was on the verge of busting tears. Jay finacially may have had a more successful career but we’re talking in hip hop terms and Jay was never the same emcee he once was after Ether dropped. Even Memphis Bleek himself admitted that Jay took the loss
Most Brutal lines: Rockefeller died of AIDS, that was the end of his chapter
And that’s the guy y’all chose to name your company after?
Put it together, I rock hoes, y’all rock fellas
And now y’all try to take my spot, fellas?
Results: JayZ may have made more money due to his celeberty status but his ego has been knocked as he would sense would rarely compete in any form of battling back and forth battles on wax since.