The ten best dis tracks of all time
Since hip-hop's genesis, beef has been as integral a driving force to the art as bravado. There've been some titanic tangles over the years, from Canibus facing off with LL Cool J to Jay-Z and Nas locking horns with one another, all of them resulting in some relentless and incendiary rhymes being spit on record. Keep reading for a rundown of the ten best dis tracks of all time.
10. Common - "The Bitch in Yoo"
The feud between Ice Cube and Common began with Common's "I Used to Love H.E.R.," which wasn't meant as a dis but nevertheless drew "Westside Slaughterhouse" as a response. Stepping away from his usually easygoing demeanor, Common pointed out the many inconsistencies of Ice Cube's identities as both a Muslim and a gangster. You might expect a sensitive soul like Common to be out of his element battling the likes of Ice Cube, but he gave no ground until the two eventually talked it out with the help of Louis Farrakhan.
9. Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg - "(Fuck Wit) Dre Day"
In "(Fuck Wit) Dre Day," Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre proved that you don't need previously uncovered personal insults to make an effective dis track. All you need is a beat that people will ride to and enough quotables to keep your words in the mouths of your fans for years to come. Touching a slew of rappers whose careers had stalled -- Eazy-E, Tim Dog and Luke of 2 Live Crew -- "Dre Day" added insult to injury, and it was immediately clear that there would be no sizable retaliation.
8. Canibus - "2nd Round K.O."
Canibus's beef with LL Cool J began with what he thought was an affectionate homage. When he was invited to record a guest verse on LL's "1,2,3,4," one of his lines was a request to borrow the iconic microphone tattooed on LL's arm. LL took exception to this and responded with the line "The symbol on my arm is off limits to challengers/You hold the rusty swords; I swing the Excalibur" on the same track, though Canibus had agreed to rewrite the line that LL took offense to. After a period of high tension, Canibus wanted to resolve the issue, but LL insisted on a resolution of his own design, and Canibus released "2nd Round K.O.," which mocked, among other things, LL's proclivity for catering to the female audience with his body and soft tracks.