Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Retro News: Biggie and Nas Beef

The best of the best always clash, so it is not a surprise that Biggie and Nas had their feud back then. Every rapper believes he is or tries to be the best, so one way or the other, the rappers at the top would always bump heads...even if they are cool with each other, the ego always gets in the way. Nas and Biggie got into the game around the same time. Nas dropped his first verse on Main Source's Live At The Barbecue track in 1991, and the first mainstream verse from Biggie was on the remix of Mary J. Blige's Real Love single in 1992. They dropped their debut albums the same year (Illmatic and Ready To Die-1994), Biggie became a super success story with the help of Puffy, and Nas got tagged the second coming of Rakim...Hip Hop's messiah.





They were bought from New York, and at the time, the title of The King Of New York was very special. Nas had the crown for a while, but Biggie got it from him because he was more commercial successful, and more well known. Then in 1995, there was a Vibe magazine cover with biggie that read King Of New York. Nas felt slighted, and on a song off his second album in 1996 titled The Message, he had this lines- 'Now let me let y'all niggas know one thing/there's one life, one love, so there can only be one king.' Biggie got the subliminal message, and on a track (Kick in The Door) off his second album in 1997, he dropped this reply lines- 'Your reign on the top was short like leprechauns/As I crush so-called willies, thugs, and rapper-dons...This goes out for those that choose to use Disrespectful views on the King of NY...Ain't no other king in this rap thingThey siblings, nothing but my chil'ren'





Some really sick lines from Biggie right there. Big was a real wordsmith for real. It's so unfortunate that his life was caught short. Anyway, Nas spoke about the whole biggie war on 'Last Real Nigga Alive, off his Godson (2002) album. Check out some lines from the song...



"Y'all don't know about my Biggie wars
Who you thought 'Kick In The Door' was for?
But that's my heart, y'all still trippin of this Jigga shit
Real niggas listen up and I'mma tell you how the whole thing start"




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