Biggie vs. Black Thought I wonder how many of you heard about this... when Biggie guested on Craig Mack's "Flava In Ya Ear" remix in '94, BT took issue with a line that he thought was directed at his group, The Roots. The line went, "like the Gooch, disappear... Vamoose, you're wack to me/ Take dem rhymes back to the factory." Apparently, Black Thought, like many other fans, including myself, thought he heard, "Like The Roots disappear..." But I wasn't thinking about the rap group... I was thinking more like "voodoo roots"... like he was casting a spell on wack emcees, causing them to disappear... but Biggie explained it to Tariq and said that he was saying "the Gooch," who was an imagined bully on the sitcom Different Strokes, who used to bully Arnold.... because the line before that was "more guns than roses, foes is shakin' in they boots... invisible bully... like the Gooch, disappear" so if you remember the sitcom and listen close, then it makes sense. Take a listen for yourself... Rakim vs. Big Daddy Kane Now I just read about this from Charlie Murphy, Eddie Murphy's brother... I had always heard that they were about to really get into it over a line that Kane spat on "Set It Off"... when he said, "rap soloist, you don't want none of this.".. because Rakim used to call himself the "rap soloist." Apparently, these two have history and it started when Rakim was recording "My Melody," the first single from his classic debut album Paid In Full. Marley Marl produced the track and he was also producing other rappers in his famed Juice Crew, namely Kool G. Rap, MC Shan, Biz Markie and BDK, who were in the studio at the time the God MC was recording this song. Now, they were all clowning Rakim, because they thought he had a funny voice and he was taking too long to write and record his verses, when Kane blurted out, "I could've made 2 albums in the time this nigga taking to make one damned song." Hearing this, that's when Rakim ripped up his verses and spat a rhyme to his detractors in front of their faces... "so what I'm a microphone fiend, addicted soon as I seen, one of these 4 emcees so they don't have to scream" Of course, those "4 emcees" were G. Rap, Kane, Biz and Shan. Then he went on to say... "so stand back, you wanna rap? All of that can wait..." and then "puttin' blurs and slurs of words that don't fit in a rhyme, why waste time on the microphone? I take this more serious than just a poem"... you know, G. Rap and Kane used to rap fast and G. Rap had a serious lisp. Just take a listen to the song and you'll hear all of the jabs: Posdnous (De La Soul) vs. Vin Rock (Naughty By Nature) "So stick to your Naughty By Nature's and your Kane/ cause graffiti that I place upon the wax is insane." This is the line from Posdnous on De La's Stakes Is High album intro that sent Vinnie reeling. He apparently thought he was dissin' his group, so he approached Pos at a show and was about to get physical with him until Posdnous explained to him that he wasn't dissing him. He was only paying homage. I didn't think it was a diss at all... De La has always called out different groups in hip hop history to pay homage. But you can take a listen for yourself. Those are just a few that I can think of right now. What are some others?