The Rugged Man recently hit the studio with the legend Rakim and asked him about his subliminal war with another legend Big Daddy Kane during the Golden Era of rap. (As "old heads" will recall, lines like "the rap soloist, you don't want none of this" and "a smooth operator operating correctly..." have long been thought of by rap fans as disses that almost sparked one of hip-hop's greatest face-offs.) R.A. specifically asks the God about the unreleased joint "Hypnotic" with the line, "I don't sniff no 'caine (Kane) to get raw ("Raw")." The R discusses taking bars out of the original version of ‘Let The Rhythm Hit ‘Em’ and also explains what eventually deaded the beef in this short convo.
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Eric B. & Rakim — "Eric B. Is President" (Zakia, 1986)
Rakim refers to himself as "the soloist."
Big Daddy Kane — "Set It Off" (Cold Chillin', 1988)
Is Kane's line "the rap soloist, you don't want none of this" a dis towards Rakim?
Big Daddy Kane — "Smooth Operator" Music Video (1989)
Did Ra hear an early version of Kane's hit before it was released?
Eric B & Rakim — "Microphone Fiend" (1988)
"...smooth operator operating effectively."
Eric B & Rakim — "Hypnotic" (Unreleased)
"I don't sniff no 'caine (Kane) to get raw ("Raw")."
BONUS: "Would Big Daddy Kane Kill Rakim in a Battle?