By DJ Daggash
We compiled this list of battle/diss rap in this playlist through an extensive review of rap songs catalog. It contains the very popular, unpopular, and missed tracks. We hope you will enjoy the playlist as much as we enjoyed making it
Battle rap is a type of rapping that includes bragging, insults, and boasting content. Battling can occur on recorded albums, though rap battles are often recited or freestyled spontaneously in live battles, "where MCs will perform on the same stage to see who has the better verses".
Although never a battler, battle rap was loosely described by Diplomat's group member 40 Cal in the book How to Rap(2009) as "extracurricular" and he compares it to the dunk contest in the NBA. Battle rap has since developed into highly organized league events drawing in millions of dollars and views. Battle rap events themselves are usually "sold out". Rap battles are often written solely for the purpose of impressing people with technically inventive rapping and knowing a wide variety of rapping styles and a wide range of MCs is recommended. Some MCs started out writing mostly battle raps and battling other MCs before they began making records.
Some of the most prominent battles that took place on the record are listed in the book, Ego Trip's Book of Rap Lists, and include such battles as the Roxanne Wars (1984–1985), Juice Crew vs. Boogie Down Productions (1986–1988), Kool Moe Dee vs. LL Cool J (1987–1991), MC Serch vs. MC Hammer (1989–1994), Dr. Dre & Snoop vs. Eazy E, Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg vs. Luke (1992–1993), Tupac vs Biggie Smalls, Tupac v. Nas, Tupac vs. Mobb Deep, East Coast Rappers vs. West Coast Rappers, Common vs. Ice Cube (1994–1996), MC Pervis & Brand New Habits and LL Cool J vs. Canibus(1997–1998); DJ Quik vs. MC Eiht, Jay-Z vs. Nas, Eminem vs. Benzino, Eminem vs. Canibus, 50 Cent vs. Ja Rule, Queen Latifah vs Lil Kim, Foxy Brown and Lauryn Hill – all of which include memorable battle rap verses.
Eminem’s 2002 battle rap inspired movie, 8 Mile, is largely believed to have introduced the style to mainstream audiences, generating a renewed interest and popularity in battling.
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Diss Joints Playlist
- How To Rob (feat. Madd Rapper) - 50 Cent
- Takeover - JAY-Z
- Ether - Nas
- Say What U Say (feat. Dr. Dre) - Eminem
- Blueprint 2 - JAY-Z
- Dollaz + Sense - DJ Quik
- Against All Odds - Makaveli
- Hit 'Em Up (feat. Outlawz) - 2Pac
- Back Down - 50 Cent
- No Vaseline - Ice Cube
- Second Round K.O. - Canibus
- Jack the Ripper - LL Cool J
- The Bitch In Yoo - Common
- L.A., L.A. (feat. Mobb Deep & Tragedy Khadafi) - Capone-N-Noreaga
- Bow Down - Westside Connection
- Fuck Wit Dre Day (And Everybody's Celebratin') [feat. Snoop Dogg, Jewell & RBX] - Dr. Dre
- Love Me - Obie Trice, 50 Cent & Eminem
- U Wanna Be Me - Nas
- Real Muthaphuckkin G's - Eazy-E
- Battle - Gang Starr
- 8 Miles and Runnin' - JAY-Z & Freeway
- Destroy & Rebuild - Nas
- What We Talkin' About (feat. Luke Steele) - JAY-Z
- Name Callin' - Queen Latifah
- New York, New York - Dogg Pound