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The 50 Best Radio Freestyles

27. Fabolous & NORE "Fab's First Freestyle" (1998)

Station: Hot 97
DJ: DJ Clue
Best Punchline: “Who in the club without a weapon/Shoot at your feet, make you do the Puff dance with perfection.” (N.O.R.E.)


Back in 1998, the somewhat unlikely pairing of N.O.R.E. and BK newcomer Fabolous Sport, appeared on Hot 97 to freestyle with DJ Clue. N.O.R.E. was bubbling across the globe thanks to his solid solo debut, and Fabolous was trying to carve out a name for himself in the overcrowded NYC scene.

The brand new F-A-B-O held his own on the airwaves, but it was N.O.R.E. who stole the show with entertaining lines like: “Who in the club without a weapon?/Shoot at your feet, make you do the Puff dance with perfection.” Even more hilariously, he claimed he was “The next Suge Knight”—something most wouldn't have dared to do in the '90s.

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