The 15 Biggest Old School vs. New School Rap Beefs

LL Cool J vs. Canibus

Year: 1997

When LL Cool J took young Canibus under his wing—letting him hop on the 1997 song “4,3,2,1” alongside Method Man, DMX, and Redman—it appeared to be a friendly gesture. Canibus was so grateful for the opportunity that he name-checked the elder rapper in his verse, saying “L, is that mic on your arm?" (a reference to LL's microphone tattoo) "Let me borrow that.” But the Queens legend took offense at the line, and clapped back at Canibus on the very same track. Before the song was released, LL asked Canibus to change his verse. Canibus agreed, with the understanding that LL would change his verse as well. But that's not how it went down.

When the song dropped, LL's original verse remained intact. When the original version of the track began to leak out, questions were raised about what really went down in the studio. Canibus dropped a diss track entitled "Second Round K.O.," while LL countered with "The Ripper Strikes Back" and "Back Where I Belong," forcing Canibus to respond once more with "Rip the Jacker." And all Bus ever wanted to do was pay homage to a legend.

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