While everyone talked about Remy Ma’s eviscerated of current queen of (pop) hip hop Nicki Minaj, 1 of the best things to come to the genre this year was a good Ole fashioned rap battle. Not just any battle, a DJ battle. Instead of selling out the club and watching DJ GQ battle DJ Majesty, we had 2 heavyweights of the production game, Just Blaze and Swizz Beatz battle in a small room. It was an educational battle embedded in Tri-State history. There was no beef going own.Just a battle for the hell of it.
Normally these things go for a few minutes. Scratching back and forth with the crowd deciding a champion. We got over 2 hours. Instead of a massive crowd, we have “my man’s and them” including Alicia Keys, Cassidy, Busta Rhymes and others. But let’s take a step back. Like I said before: it’s a battle embedded in Tri-State history. Swizz Beatz, aka “Da Monster!” is credited as the definitive sound behind the Ruff Ryderz (WHAT!), the Ruff Ryderz. Just Blaze is credited as arguably the #1 producer behind most of Roc-a-Fella and their greatest hits (I said most, my fellow Kanye stans). That’s 2 decades roughly worth of hits. If you need some clarity, this was essentially a battle of:
Swizz Beatz: DMX, the Lox, Drag-on, Eve, DJ Clue
Just Blaze: Jay-Z, Memphis Bleek, Cam and the Diplomats.
Yeah. It’s real. Really real. They led off with samples and gave us hits. It felt like there was no end. Nobody cared. All that was missing was one of them to go “we were meant to do this forever.” When Busta Rhymes joined them midway through, the producers said F it and blasted tracks they produced for the both of them.
Objectively, and most I’ve asked agreed, Blaze was the overall winner. He embraced the samples that gave us his classics. And closing with Jay-Z’s “Public Service Announcement” was a wonderful drop the mic finish. But Swizz stole the headlines by leaking a new track with Jay-Z… Nas… Jadakiss. It had everybody rapping along with it by the end as the leaked (unfinished?) track is already sounding like already hit.
You can click the link below and judge for yourself. And you can download the Spotify list if you wanna blast those hits on your own. Everything was worth it. NY hip hop felt a strong presence this past weekend. Keep it going