“Niggas in my City are SOFT, It’s so Sweet out here”
I never thought I say this but Maino’s comments stood correctly. It isn’t the fact that NYC don’t have spitters or that there isn’t no talent in the Big Apple. The big problem is that there isn’t no true representatives to really make a stand or check out of towners for disrespecting their city. I miss the days where New Yorkers took pride in defending their city and in result classic records were being made.
One of the problems remains that alot of the people who are on HOT 97, The Breakfast Club, or any radio programming are NOT from NYC. You should have already seen it by New York’s passive reaction to Lil Wayne’s comments when he showed dislike to the city and recently Kendrick Lamar feeling abrasive enough to even claim King of the City and not even a resident.
What people don’t know is that there was a time where NYC STOOD THEIR GROUND. When NYC didn’t tolerate no disrespect from out of towners or even their own(Mobb Deep checking JayZ) I’m gonna take you guys on a trip down memory lane to where NYC had heart.
The average hip hop fan doesn’t know too much about King Sun. King Sun was possibly the FIRST NYC rapper to stand up to Tupac Shakur and Death Row Records during the midst of his “Westside Riding”. He also dropped a diss record in response to the Westside Connection titled Don’t Know How to Act. The record got heavy buzz around the summer of NYC off DJ Doowop’s 96 Summerjam mixtape where they threw shots back at Death Row throughout.
What I respect about King Sun is that he responded to Tupac while he was ALIVE. No sneak dissing, no subliminals and called them out by name. King Sun even released a statement explaining why he released it:
“Ok, I was the first to respond with a dis record towards Tupac when he first dissed Tribe Called Quest at the Source Awards in ’94. Since Tupac appeared on “California” wit Dre, I felt the need to respond wit “Califony” and derived the hook from the Die Hard movie when Bruce Willis was a cop from NY and had beef in Cali. Every time he killed an adversary his reply was “Yippie Kay Ya Mother Fucker.”
The beat was produced by DJ Mark the 45 King and was cut up by Funk Master Flex in D&D Studios in Midtown Manhattan. Shout outs to Doug and Dave. I then allowed Doo Wop to put the song on his mixtape to generate a buzz. Tupac and I discussed the dis song after having Ice-T play it for Pac. We laughed together over the phone and Pac new it was nothing personal, but I had to rep NY to the fullest. Shout outs to Ice-T, who’s like my older cousin from the Left Coast who has always held me down, to WC Crazy Toons, DJ Aladdin, DJ Pooh, Evil E and Hen G and Shawny Shawn.
Rest in peace Pac. Our love goes out to Mrs. Shakur. Tell BIG I said “Hold some equality for me and Lady Heron and be at the door with Jesus so we can get in!”
Doo Wop played his record with King Sun on his critically acclaimed Summer Jam ’96 mixtape. Doo Wop also goes at 2Pac & The Dogg Pound at the end of the tape. Notice how the mixtape only features East Coast artists. This was around the time of Hit’ Em Up. According to DJ King Shammek, King Sun had also recorded another diss record titled “Don’t Know How To A.C.T.” directed at Westside Connection
When Snoop Dogg kicked down a building in the Tha Dogg Pound’s hit single and video New York New York, It looked as nothing but a taunt to NYC. Even the beginning of the New York New York track sounded like a mock of the East Coast slang that was used heavily at the time. The Queensbridge Duo Prodigy and Havoc(Mobb Deep) saw this as a total lack of respect for the City and stood up.
They linked up with Lefrak Queens group C.N.N.(Capone N Noreaga) and released a response to Tha Dogg Pound titled LA LA. They shot a video of themselves killing dogs and throwing them over the bridge.
Mobb Deep also dropped a response record to Tupac Shakur who waged all out war with them along many during that time titled Drop a Gem on em:
DMX(As a Rookie) dissed Tupac on the I Shot Ya Freestyle. He then switched it to then rival K-Solo due to Pac’s death.
Even though he would deny it. Nobody can’t help but to notice the slick shots Nas sent at Tupac during the feud. This possibly was why Tupac said he was gonna “Murder the Firm” on his track War Gamez Check the songs:
Theres even shots directed at Pac on the songs Nas is Coming and Black Girl Lost.
The average fan who possibly started listening to rap in the late 2000s would probably be surprised that you find Biggie and Puffy on the list. Despite Puffy’s consistent cries for Peace, Love, and Harmony(Especially in Notorious), The unreleased audio here show that Biggie AND Puffy were throwing disses back at Tupac and Death Row on tapes.
These songs were gonna be featured on Bad Boy’s Volume 4 mixtape that was gonna come out that summer. But remained in the vault due to Bad Boy not wanting to throw any more gasoline in the already flaming fire of the East/West war. As for Biggie. Well I’ll have the breakdown re-published of how he threw darts at Tupac throughout that album. Biggie was even responsible for the Dogg Pound’s trailer getting shot up.
Feeling the need to ride for her man, Lil Kim let it be known that she’s willing to hold it down for Biggie. Even if it meant going to war against who she felt was disrespecting him or causing him harm. On this Original version of Big Mama Thang She shoots straight aim at both Faith Evans and Biggie’s former friend then turn rival Tupac. She switched the references to Tupac out on the released version due to Tupac’s death and out of respect to his family.
Tupac took offense to Chino XL’s line about him being raped in jail and dissed him on Hit Em Up. Chino responded in a freestyle using the Who Shot Ya beat dissing Tupac pretty hard. Chino discussed the war of words with Tupac in a recent interview:
Tim Dog was possibly the first East Coast rapper to launch a diss record aimed at the West Coast. Fuck Compton took aim at the West Coast gang bang lifestyle and Gangsta rap records that he felt was becoming repetitive at the time. Snoop Dogg, DJ Quik and MC Eiht have dropped responses to Tim Dog on their albums respectively.
If New Yorkers took more pride in defending their city, keeping that regional sound and showing that pridefulness then I feel that the Big Apple would slowly recover. These rappers that Ive mentioned above stood their ground against anyone disrespecting their turf and you can’t help but to respect it. If only today’s spitters can adapt that mindset along with kicking the out of towners whom don’t care about the city out,then just maybe the regional sound would come back in full circle
Vic Da Ruler