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The 50 Best Radio Freestyles

7. Roc-A-Fella "Hot 97 Takeover" (2001)

Station: Hot 97
DJ: Funkmaster Flex
Best Punchline: "Squad Mobb Deep and we creeping on a quiet storm, give up the goods or sleep on a quiet storm." (Beanie Sigel)
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Back when Roc-A-Fella was still the army (better yet the Navy), Hov brought his shooters up to Hot 97 so they could bless the NYC airwaves. State Property was freshly inked to the Roc, so it was the perfect opportunity for Hov to show the boys from Philly some brotherly love in the Big Apple. Memphis Bleek, Beanie Sigel, Freeway, Oschino, Sparks, Young Chris and H Money Bags (who?), all graced the mic for an uninterrupted half hour. And hey, they even rocked over a few of their future foes instrumentals (“Keep It Thoro” and “Oochie Wally”).

Each MC brought their A-game, but it was the incredibly hungry, focused and energized Freeway who vocally proved that he'd earned his spot on the Roc. On this night, Free was the obvious standout, but this takeover was Jay's way of letting the world know he had a dynasty on his hands.

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