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Rakim Challenges Big Daddy Kane in Verzuz Battle

Classic Hip Hop meets Verzuz

Verzuz battles have seen several hip hop artists since it began, but has it seen legends like Rakim and Big Daddy Kane? The last legendary battle was Wu-Tang member RZA and DJ Premier, which the internet deemed RZA the winner.

On Friday, Rakim posted a black-and-white Instagram photo of Kane and himself with a giant “V” in the middle, which has since been removed. The caption read, “Do it for Hip-Hop??? @officialbigdaddykane @verzuztv @thegodrakim”.

In one of Big Daddy Kane’s recent IG posts, a video of his conversation with Fat Joe, he reveals Swizz called him with the same proposal back in April when Verzuz first started.

Even though there was a lot of excitement over the match, Swizz Beatz and Timberland have not confirmed this will happen. Dirty South Hip Hop will be the first to let our readers know if this battle happens.

Last month, Apple Music teamed up with Verzuz. Battles are now streamed live on Apple Music and Beats 1 simultaneously as the Verzuz Instagram Live channel. The battles are also exclusively available via Apple Music on-demand following the live stream.

Rakim Disses Big Daddy Kane

Back in September, Rakim appeared on an episode of The Breakfast Club to discuss the release of his memoir Sweat the Technique: Revelations on Creativity from the Lyrical Genius. The most interesting moment of the interview came when Rakim talked about his infamous rivalry with Big Daddy Kane.

Rakim talked about the original lyrics he had on “Let The Rhythm Hit ‘Em”, in which he disses Big Daddy Kane. He tells the story of recording the song and giving it to Eric B.’s brother, Ant Live, who was also part of Kane’s management. After Ant played the song for Kane, there was a phone call made between the two. On the call, Kane stated to Rakim, “I don’t got no beef with you. I don’t be writing rhymes about you. People be gassin this rivalry. I’m not speaking to you in my lyrics.”. Because Rakim respected Kane for the phone call and the exchange of words, he removed the lyrics from the song.

Check out the interview below.


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