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The 50 Best Radio Freestyles

13. Hieroglyphics & Hobo Junction (1994)

Station: KMEL/Power 106
DJ: Sway & Tech
Best Punchline: “Nigga you still play Pictionary with mom and dad/You grew up with wing dings named Buffy and Brad/You used to talk like this, 'That's rad let's go surfing.'" (Saafir)
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Back in 1994, two of the Bay Area's two most promising crews, the Hieroglyphics and Hobo Junction, squared off for an real live freestyle battle on San Francisco's famed KMEL. There was said to be static between the two factions, allegedly due to Casual not honoring a feature he'd promised for Saafir's Box Car Sessions album.

While the Hobo Junction are widely regarded as the victors, the Hieroglyphics have always contested that Saafir and crew were spitting writtens, so it wasn't an equal playing field.

While the winner of the battle remains debatable, the fact that Saafir crushed Hiero's street credibility wasn't: “Nigga you still play Pictionary with Mom and Dad/You grew up with wing dings named Buffy and Brad/You used to talk like this, that's rad let's go surfing.”

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