Before Kendrick Lamar and Meek Mill get into epic combat mode, we've got something they should look at. Its a little something that'll show them the pros and cons of lyrical warfare in hip hop. Given that this is the first high-profile confrontation for the two young stars we wanted to point out some past rap battles that had a profound impact on the careers of the combatants. Click on for a look at the make or break outcomes of some of the genres biggest rivalries.
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