XXL Magazine had hip-hop Twitter in a fierce debate last night after the publication posed a question that’s guaranteed to fire up hip-hop heads everywhere.
On Monday (Sept. 23), the publication posed a string of questions to their two million followers that ranged from asking about their favorite hip-hop collaborations this year to who’s ready for hoodie season. One question in particular sparked the interest of hip-hop fans, though.
“What's the best diss track of all time?” XXL tweeted Monday evening.
Fans from every rap confederation went to work under the comments as they debated over some of the most savage bars to ever had been dropped in hip-hop’s history.
The conversation waged well into the night before a consensus was reached. The final conclusion seemed to champion rap OG Ice Cube's anti-N.W.A. record, “No Vaseline,” as the top ether of all time, although it was a tight vote up against Tupac’s immortal 1991 “Hit ‘Em Up” record.
Honorable mentions went to Jay-Z, Nas, Eminem, Lil Kim and Kool G Rap among other names. For anyone doubting if Cube’s take down deserved the number-one spot, O’Shea Jackson Jr. chimed in to remind everyone about the magnitude of his father’s track that sent shock waves through the hip-hop community. ICYMI: The song pushed Dr. Dre to bow out of N.W.A. and led to the legendary group’s eventual dissolution.
With that said, the 28-year-old actor put the spotlight on some more of his personal favorites. Second place went to DMX’s "Party Up,” Darkman X’s response to Kurupt’s “Callin’ Out Names” and “Hit ‘Em Up” at third.
“If ‘Pac woulda just did the whole joint alone, it’s #2,” O’Shea explained of his order. “And yes. I am for sure biased. The man gave me life. Lmao. But my points cannot be ignored. Respect to Hit Em Up. But it wasn’t only Pac rapping.”
“For me, a split between Ice Cube's 'No Vaseline' and Tupac's 'Hit 'Em Up,'" one person wrote.
“No Vaseline cold but the way Pac come on Hit em Up is still the most disrespectful way to start a diss song,” another commented.
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