Hate Is The New Love: Mobb Deep vs 2Pac

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Into this week’s business.

What many people don’t realise is that 2Pac and Biggie’s feud wasn’t just exclusive to them. Hip-hop’s most infamous rivalry spilled into studios with artists who had never even worked with the originators, feeling their dignity had been violated and now wanted their shit on record.

The beef started when Tha Dogg Pound’s New York, New York filtered over to the East Coast. Mobb Deep took offence and responded with Queensbridge counterparts Tragedy Khadafi and Capone-N-Noreaga on LA, LA. Although both tracks call out their opposite coasts to ‘come outta town’, at this point, things were still rather innocuous…

Step up 2Pac with Hit ‘Em Up; one of the most scathing and vicious diss tracks of all time, yet also the track which many feel put the proverbial nail in Pac’s coffin. Hit ‘Em Up was primarily aimed at Biggie and Puff, but called out Mobb Deep too and the original even had shots going at Jay-Z (Hussein Fatal persuaded Pac to remove it). Critics say Pac may have even taken the track too far after he claimed he had slept with Faith Evans (B.I.G.’s wife) and poked fun at Prodigy’s sickle cell anaemia. You could write a whole review on this track alone and a whole book on the 2Pac/Biggie feud, so wishing not to digress, we should move on.

Although B.I.G. never directly responded (he did however make reference to Hit ‘Em Up on Jay’s Brooklyn’s Finest), Mobb Deep were less forgiving and recorded Drop A Gem On ‘Em, a chilling, piano-laced joint where both H and P take turns respectively to aggressively go at Pac. Drop A Gem On ‘Em was released whilst Pac was alive, but also appeared on Mobb’s Hell On Earth after he had passed. You can’t blame them however; it’s a dope track and to this day is still part of their finest work. Since Pac’s passing Havoc and Prodigy have shown respect to their once sworn enemy; with Prodigy content in sampling him in his later work.

Beef Winner: 2Pac. Although Hit ‘Em Up acted as a catalyst for his death, XXL named it as the #1 diss track of all time. 2Pac’s legacy will be remembered forever. Sadly (and how it pains me to say this) Mobb Deep’s won’t.

Tha Dogg Pound – New York, New York (East Coast Diss)

Capone-N-Noreaga (feat Mobb Deep & Tragedy Khadafi) – LA, LA (West Coast Diss)

2Pac (feat The Outlawz) – Hit ‘Em Up (Notorious B.I.G, Diddy, Mobb Deep & Chino XL Diss)

Mobb Deep – Drop A Gem On ‘Em (2Pac Diss)

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