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.
Boogie Down Productions (above), "The Bridge is Over" (1987)
Target: The Juice Crew (Marley Marl, DJ Mr. Magic, MC Shan, Roxanne Shanté, et al.) (below)
Beef: Before the East Coast-West Coast rivalry of the nineties reared its head, Queensbridge's Juice Crew and the South Bronx's Boogie Down Productions engaged in a legendary battle for New York City borough supremacy. As part of the infamous Bridge Wars, BDP's KRS-One roasted Crew members one after another.
Dis: "I finally figured it out, Magic mouth is used for suckin'/ Roxanne Shanté is only good for steady fuckin'/ MC Shan and Marley Marl is really only bluffin'/ Like Doug E. Fresh said, 'I tell you now, you ain't nuthin.'"