The Bridge Wars was a hip hop music rivalry during the mid-to-late s and early s, that arose from a dispute over the true birthplace of hip hop music and retaliation over the rejecting of a record for airplay. The track recited the praises of their home borough and some of its earlier rap crews, and was taken to imply that Queensbridge was where hip hop began, even though it doesn't actually say that. The lyrics that apparently raised the issue were:.
Though MC Shan states Queensbridge is where his crew got started, and his birthplace, he has stated that he never meant the song to say that Queensbridge is the birthplace of Hip Hop at all, "everyone knows that hip hop was started in the West Bronx.
In response, South Bronx-based KRS-One and Boogie Down Productions released the track " South Bronx ", which was similar in terms of content to Shan and Marl's track except singing the praises of the South Bronx rather than Queensbridge, and made the argument for its being the real birthplace of hip hop.
The track directly attacks MC Shan with lyrics like:. However he left the label after releasing an almost unheard single titled "Feed the World". Another line by KRS directly attacking Shan was:. Another unnoticed attack is the fact that South Il Cielo Mi Vuol Ben - Unknown Artist - Giovannino Semedimela was arranged under the same speed as "The Bridge", most notably as the rhymes that are performed before the chorus chant.
Magic with a 12" single they had recorded entitled "Success Is the Word", under the group name "". Magic dismissed it as "wack", and then, after forming BDP, they retaliated by dissing Mr. In dialog on that CD track 5he states that Magic dissed a track by them. When they heard "The Bridge", they decided to diss back, and this is why "South Bronx" was released. He even denies saying hip hop started in Queens, and suggests BDP is just trying to jump on their bandwagon.
But KRS continued to play upon the "response to the claim that hip hop started in Queens" premise with his next response, " The Bridge Is Over "featuring lyrics recorded, with a reggae flavor, in a Jamaican accent.
The track had been one of the first blendings of rap with reggae, and one section delivered in a sing song fashion The Beat Down - DJ Spun - Gusanos Rojos Numero Uno after Billy Joel 's " It's Still Rock and Roll to Me " from his album Glass Houses. Magic and Roxanne Shantewho had earlier been The Beat Down - DJ Spun - Gusanos Rojos Numero Uno the center of the Roxanne Warswhich were a predecessor to this battle. Shante, mentioned in a very vulgar reference in "the Bridge Is Over", released a rap titled "Have A Nice Day"ghostwritten by Juice Crew colleague Big Daddy Kane who was not otherwise personally involved in the battlein which she took a shot at Boogie Down Productions.
After "Kill That Noise", Shan himself became more passive in the battle, as the above statement indicated. Their first single was entitled "Beat You Down"in which he reiterates that no one actually said that hip hop started in the Bridge, but then points out that the area was nevertheless very prominent in the early days of rap, and even had superior sound equipment, causing it to surpass the Bronx as the leader of hip hop.
Even after La Rock's death, the feud still continued. Dissolve/Reveal - Tom Verlaine - Cover conspicuously absent from this counterattack was any rebuttal to Poet's attack on his wife. On the second track "Blackman In Effect" he discusses the concept of "juice" and states: " I'm not down with a juice-crew".
During the nineties, the beef was not forgotten by fans or the participants, but rather fondly remembered as a classic hip hop rivalry. MC Shan and KRS-One themselves acknowledged the rivalry's important place in hip hop history when they appeared together in a commercial for the Sprite soft drink in the mid-nineties, in which they exchanged battle rhymes inside a boxing ring.
However, the respective fortunes of the pair in the nineties were very different; MC Shan was widely seen by hip Garybaldi - Astrolabio listeners as the loser of the conflict; Despite co-writing and producing " Informer ", a number one hit single for the Canadian reggae singer SnowShan never really recovered his reputation and later effectively retired. KRS, meanwhile, forged out a successful solo Inside - Lee Aaron - Emotional Rain and remained an important figure in hip hop.
Screwball's "The Bio" and "You Love To Hear The Stories" a followup to the original "The Bridge", and which featured MC Shan recounted the story of him entering the battle, and being basically ignored, and that it thankfully never escalated into physical violence; and the latter pointed to the Nas album Illmatic as proof that "the Bridge is still live".
The album features two tracks further exemplifying the end of the feud: "The Victory" produced by DJ Premier which sees KRS on the same track as Blaq Poet, and "Rising" as in "Rising To the Top"in which KRS recounts the whole story from his perspective a struggling former group home resident trying to enter the business in a period when "answer records" were popular, sparked off by Shante's "Roxanne's Revenge".
You can see this and the changed attitude towards the former rivals in the line:. He concludes the track acknowledging his indebtedness to Shan and Marley. He also speaks well of them on other tracks in the album, such as "House of Hits". Queensbridge Records released the album "Bridge Wars", Ill Do It - Pat Benatar - Get Nervous put a new spin on the old story with the release of the compilation which features artists such as F.
Nas revisited "The Bridge" on his album Life is Good by sampling it for the hook in The Beat Down - DJ Spun - Gusanos Rojos Numero Uno track, "Back When," which focuses on the past of hip-hop. InShan essentially revived his part of the beef in an interview, pointing out that they never actually battled, and that The Beat Down - DJ Spun - Gusanos Rojos Numero Uno was showing some resentment regarding the claim the KRS "took Shan out" and having to live with the stigma of "losing" the battle.
The following is a chronological list of the records that can be considered to be part of The Bridge Wars:. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Hip-hop rivalry. This article has multiple issues. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page.
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