Whose Diss?

Let’s settle this once and for all. Shall we?

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the death of rapper Tupac Shakur. Whatever you think of him, he left an indelible impact on the world of hip hop. So much so that even dudes like Ron, who aren’t particularly into the scene, gravitate towards his fiery lyrics. And without a doubt, ‘Pac’s diss track “Hit ‘em up” is one of the most influential and biting that ever was recorded. And it just happens to be Ron’s favorite. 

So it’s perhaps no surprise that he and good buddy JD would find this as yet another topic of “discussion.” You see, for JD, there’s no diss track as hard and cold-blooded Ice Cube’s “No Vaseline” Note: in this version of the phrase “cold blooded,” JD does not mean “fine” or “beautiful” (you had to listen to episode 2 to get that reference. 😂) 

Which is the better diss rap: “Hit ‘em Up” or “No Vaseline”? Today Ron conducts a very “scientific” study to get down to the bottom of this and find a satisfying answer. The outcome may surprise you.

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