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

Ready For War

Every battle tested legend has to start somewhere, right. For LL Cool J he earned the respect of his peers and fans alike during his epic clash with Kool Moe Dee. This throw down started like most do, with an allegation of swagger jacking. Moe Dee, playing the accuser, went on the attack by dropping the classic single "How You Like Me Now." Little did he know the then teenage MC was ready for war. In the back and forth LL dropped some of hip hop greatest diss songs with "To Da Breakadawn" and "Jack the Ripper." He also gave us this classic line from his guest verse on EPMD's hit single "Rampage," "Here's your chance to advance get in your stance/I shot the holster off your cowboy pants." A lyrical shot at Moe Dee who dressed as a cowboy in his overly commercial single, "Wild Wild West."

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