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Rap Wars

2Pac and B.I.G Jay-Z and Nas Home

Personnel When hip-hop broke in New York in the 1970s, it was all about the beats - DJs spinning and scratching. But when some DJs grabbed a microphone, the Rap MC was born and the great lyrical tradition of hip hop began. But like any artistic enterprise, MCs would battle over who was the bigger talent, with playful words and rhymes in concerts and on wax. But the harmless back and forth soon grew more contentious. Disrespectfulness in lyrics and arguments over the spoils of album profits soon led to physical and sometimes violent confrontations between artists and their posses.