10 Career Defining Rap Battles

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  • KRS-One, MC Shan
  • Tupac, Notorious B.I.G.
  • Common, Westside Connection
  • Dr. Dre, Eazy-E
  • Jay-Z, Nas
  • 50 Cent, Jay Z, Ice Cube
  • LL Cool J, Kool Moe Dee
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  • Rick Ross, 50 Cent
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  • Ice Cube, N.W.A.

Clash of the Titans

Brooklyn stepped to Queens in this bout of hip hop heavyweights lasting a good four years before it finally dissipated. The beef between Jigga  and Esco is among the most high profile conflicts in the game. In 2005 Jay and Nas called a truce, but respective diss tracks --  "Takeover" and "Ether" -- remain rap battle classics. 

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