BY NDSMITH • OCTOBER 14, 2019
While battle rap has achieved one of its most successful seasons ever, it is interesting to see that some of Hip-Hop’s greats got their start battling folk from crew to crew, neighborhood to neighborhood and borough to borough. Rakim has shared that he was slaying people. Roxanne Shante even revealed she used to get money for battling and was banned from coming into certain competitions. And now, Big Daddy Kane reveals that he not only was a fierce competitor but while on his mission to chop down another rival, he met JAY-Z – changing the 4:44 rapper’s life and taking him under his wing.
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