Updated Aug. 19, 2015
As a child of the hip hop nation, I keep my ear tuned in on the news, beef, achievements and everything else within the community. Recently, I became engaged with the Drake vs. Meek Mill diss battle. I heard Drakes “Charged up” and I’ll agree with Meek that it was like “Baby lotion” but then he came back with his nice freestyle “Back to Back” and I must say lyrically, he spit some hott fire. Lyrics like “Is that a world tour or your girl’s tour?” or “Trigger finger turns into twitter finger. You gettin’ body by a singing n&**^#” or “Shout out to all my Boss B@#$#es wifying n&**#s. Make sure you hit him with a prenup. Then tell that man that he’s up.” and then end with “I don’t want to hear about this ever again, not even when she tells him ‘we’re better as friends’.”
This definitely peaked my interest more about the beef, anticipating Meek Mill coming out with guns blazing, yelling at us about how horrible Drake was, especially since he started the beef. And then…he drops “Wanna Know“. If Drake’s first diss record was baby lotion, then Meek’s was a patty cake match. Come on man!!! Don’t get me wrong, the beat is tough but of course it is. It was produced by Jahlil Beats and Swizz Beatz but you’ve got to come to the table with more than that.
So this then made me think about the REAL diss records I grew up on. I mean those records that you had to sit back on and pray to Jesus to forgive them for saying something like that. Straight epic lyrically metaphoric battles!!! So here’s my top 5 list of all time diss tracks.
Warning these songs contain strong language.
Honorable mentions – “The Bridge is Over” – KRS One
This pioneer of diss tracks blows up the Bronx vs. Queen’s battle.
Em Rips something new of Benzino. I’m not sure where or when it started but he meant every word.
“Nobody wants to hear their grandfather rap”
With a mellow baseline and a catchy hook you can’t help but join in with “Lame” when he hits on Nas and Mobb Deep.
“You made it a hot line, I made it a hot song.”
Nasty Nas comes back at Jay-Z with this unforgettable lyrical massacre. The hook let’s you know that he’s a little angry.
“First Biggie is your man then you got the nerve to say you better than him.”
Raw and uncut. The song dissect’s Cube’s thoughts and emotions after being called out by his former NWA group members.
Cuz you’re gettin’ fucked out your green by a white boy,
with no vaseline…
None other than my vote for the G.R.O.A.T. dropped this lyrical masterpiece when the East Coast/West Coast rivalry was at its peak. Tupac demolishes every piece of Bad Boy’s Dream Team. The first 8 bars is enough!!