A lot of times, a good rap battle is over before it even starts– for the fans, we only see the aftermath: the public shame, the declining sales, the ether. For every monumental battle, however, there are oftentimes many other dope diss songs floating about the outskirts of the beef (in most cases, from the various weed carriers or gawkers looking to get a little blog love by involving themselves in the beef) that never got. Then there are those battles that simply weren’t documented; forgotten over time and relegated to a P-Cutta compilation.
As written here a couple of weeks ago, Cormega wasn’t exactly silent following the release of Stillmatic and the Lil Homie’s diatribe against his fellow Queensbridge brethren, “Destroy and Rebuild.” For those who don’t have an understanding of what eventually sparked this beef, read here: Lets just say contracts weren’t signed, verses were deleted, and large, iconic chains were snatched in retaliation. Although Mega and Nas have recently squashed their beef, there is little to no chance of an actual Firm album with the OG members, and there seems to be lingering feelings of resent between both parties, leaving us with the possibility for more hostility (hey, that rhymed!) in the future.
Nasty Nas all ya life you praised me/ Your daughter might be Jay Z's...
Lloyd Banks- Showtime (Game Ova) x DeathWish
The PLK, being an original member of G-Unit, has been involved in many battles, mostly (ok, ALL OF EM) as a result of his loyalty to Curtis Jackson. Although He’s supplied the game with many dope punches (sorry, I couldn’t resist) including “What Comes Around goes Around”, “We’re Back,” “I’ll Be The Shooter” and the vicious “Officer Down“, two often overlooked uppercuts (sorry!) in his catalogue are the two songs above. While Deathwish was an unreleased banger (presumably for menage a trois leaked The Big Withdraw) that had Banks spazzing out both Jadakiss and Fat Joe
is not a legend, aka the “Tell 50 I said what’s up ass nigga.” Showtime (game ova), however, appeared on the final entry to Banks’ Mo Money In Da Bank series (top 10 mixtapes series- FACT), which followed the release of Rotten Apple, and got (unfortunately) ignored in the process. Anyway, Blue Hefner completely MURDERS this Nas instrumental and Jayceon Taylor at the same time. Unfortunately, Banks’ personal problems prevented him from properly promoting his album (and this mixtape), leaving this song buried in purgatory, UNTIL TODAY!
Potent Potables- Deathwish
These niggas been around since Biggie and ain’t blow yet
Damn how many chances you think you gon’ get
Cause I remeber when the suits was shiny
Now they on the fatigue booths and grime
Potent Potables- Showtime (Games Ova)
I’m from a town where they all love fluid,
Anybody that can wear a tounge ring can’t talk tough.
You ain’t even seeing half of Fif’
You’re only one album in and 50 wrote half of it!
You said you a rider and you thuggin’!
Then you Turn around and hug Joe Buddens!
Queen Latifah- Name Callin Pt. 2
I spoke about this at length, sitting on the toilet (yea, it bothered me that much) after a workout, here. Go read it, because that write up was the shit (*facepalms*), and so is this song, and so is the 1st one.
Uncle Murda- March 9th
Poor Lil Cease. I don’t even think he ever wanted to be in this industry– he just wanted to roll weed for Big and watch him rap– the ultimate weed carrier if you will. Unfortunately, the death of Chris Wallace led not only to a break-up of Junior Mafia, but also to Cease beginning a solo career, catching L’s from Maino, beating the brakes off Jim Jones, snitching on Lil Kim, and dropping a workout DVD… seriously.
Good old Uncle Murda. At one time, he really did have a chokehold on the streets of NY: signed to Rocafella, with Bullet Bullet getting spins, a DJ Green Lantern affiliation, and a beef strategy taken from the
Curtis Jackson Todd James playbook: embroiled in contoversy with everyone from Papoose, to 50 Cent, to the NYPD. Unfortunately, signing with Def Jam fucked his career up, as CamelGOAT left him, Tru Life, and Jadakiss out to dry by abdicating his position as president.
Well, Uncle Murda bounced back as only he can, feeding the streets with B.O.M.B, collaborating with everyone from Lloyd Banks to former enemy Papoose. Of course, where would Uncle Murda be without beef? To commemorate the passing of the King of NY, Uncle Murda released the above song, taking Cease to task for a variety of reasons, which are explained here.
I wish them bullets missed BIG and hit Cease… I wouldn’t be mad if they killed him, at least he wouldn’t have squealed on Lil’ Kim…
Part 2 coming soon.