Friday, January 24, 2014

Remember? Three 6 Mafia Vs. Bone Thugs -N- Harmony?!

"In the summer of ’94, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony blew up with their double-platinum EP Creepin' On A Come Up, captivating hip-hop with their rapid-fire, melodic flow and dark, gothic imagery. Not surprisingly, the Triple Six crew noticed some similarities, and felt that the thuggish ruggish Cleveland crew had completely jacked their style. Koopsta Knicca and Lord Infamous, in particular, were underground kings of the morbid, double-time sing-rap that Bone was taking worldwide. Skinny Pimp made their feelings clear on this song, spitting, "So fuck you Bone / Bitin' our fuckin' style / You hoes gon' get kidnapped / You bitches lay it down."

After "Lay It Down" hit the streets on Koopsta Knicca's solo mixtape Da Devil's Playground in late 1994, Bone was in Memphis for a concert. Journalist Sacha Jenkins was with the group at their hotel before the show, on assignment for VIBE, when they were informed about Skinny Pimp's diss, and presumably the kidnapping threat. "We stole your whole career? And ya'll let it ride for six months?" said a pissed-off Wish Bone. "We ain't never been to this state! And I know they can't come to East 99 talking' no shit like that." That night, an unknown crew of local rappers attempted to bumrush the stage and take over Bone's show, but security shut it down. Their relationship with the locals didn't improve when Layzie Bone called Memphis a "bunk-ass town" in Jenkins's VIBE article that was published in early 1995.

The Mystic Styles cut "Live By Yo Rep" brought the beef to another level, and soon other local Memphis rappers and even national figures like Twista and Do Or Die would be taking aim at Bone Thugs. But it's worth noting that it was the lesser-known mixtape cut "Lay It Down" that sparked the battle that would span several years." - 

The 2 notable diss tracks from both groups via one audio stream...

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