Rap's Grade-A Beefs: 10 Memorable Smackdowns
Since the moment hip-hop emerged as a genre, MCs have been striving to one-up one another with ever-more-outrageous disses. Here, our subjective and highly unscientific guide to the best zingers of all time. Plus, read why rap beefs have all become catfights.
Kool Moe Dee (left), Freestyle battle at New York nightclub Harlem World (1981)
Target: Busy Bee (right)
Beef: Busy Bee used his allotted five minutes to deliver an old-school, call-and-response party rap featuring his trademark line "ba with the ba the dang the dang diggy diggy." Next, Kool Moe Dee grabbed the mic and told Busy Bee, in no uncertain terms, to give that cartoonish line a rest, paving the way for countless beefs to come.
Dis: "Hold on, Busy Bee, I don't mean to be bold/ But put that 'ba diddy ba' bullshit on hold/ We gonna get right down to the nitty grit/ Gonna tell you little something why you ain't shit."