10 Career Defining Rap Battles

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  • 50 Cent, Jay Z, Ice Cube
  • LL Cool J, Kool Moe Dee
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  • Rick Ross, 50 Cent
  • 091113 music career defining rap battles ja rule 50 cent
  • Ice Cube, N.W.A.
  • KRS-One, MC Shan
  • Tupac, Notorious B.I.G.
  • Common, Westside Connection
  • Dr. Dre, Eazy-E
  • Jay-Z, Nas

Canibus Ko's A Legend

What goes around comes around, some might say. By 1998 LL Cool J was a heavyweight when it came to rap battles, so it made sense that he would overlook a lightweight newcomer in Canibus. The lack of respect for his opponent proved costly for Uncle L. Most of us remember how this one started. LL made the questionable decision to remove a Canibus line ("let me borrow that mic on your arm") from the single "5, 4, 3, 2, 1" after he felt disrespected by the young MC. On top of emitting the line, Uncle L attacked the upstart spitta on the song. Hardly one to back down, Canibus, the underdog, made a name for himself when he unleashed "Second Round KO" a scathing diss record aimed at LL, which still stands as the greatest accomplishment in Can's career.


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