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The 50 Best Hip-Hop Diss Songs

#42. Noreaga "Halfway Thug Pt. 2" (1998)

Target: Tragedy Khadafi
Producer: SPK
Album: N/A
Label: N/A

FIRST STRIKESQUASHED

Best Line: "He don't wanna be a Muslim no more/He used to be black and proud now he wanna be hardcore."

After signing Capone-N-Noreaga, then helping craft and complete their debut album, The War Report, Tragedy Khadafi found himself on the outs with his protege Noreaga, who wasn't happy with how he was compensated for the project. Nore accused Trag of stiffing the duo on album proceeds, and felt he and (the then-incarcerated) Capone deserved more than they were awarded (despite the fact Tragedy produced or was featured on almost half of the tracks).

On "Halfway Thug Pt. 2," the always entertaining Noreaga took the gloves off and spewed hilarious lines like "You just mad 'cause you wasn't in the Juice Crew," and accused Trag of being a 37-year-old ham-eating Muslim, and a crackhead who bit Nas' style. The track also questioned Tragedy for abandoning his roots as a pro-Black/revolutionary emcee (under the Intelligent Hoodlum moniker) to be come a street-oriented rapper.

Tags: jay-z, nas
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