Artist: Marley Marl & MC Shan
City: New York (Queens)
Year: 1985
Best Line: "You love to hear the story, again and again / Of how it all got started way back when / The monument is right in your face / Sit and listen for a while to the name of the place / The Bridge, Queensbridge."

Disses Rival City Makes Us Want to Visit

Is there a more classic hip-hop battle than BDP vs. MC Shan? MC Shan wrote history with "The Bridge," claiming Queens as the birthplace of hip-hop. Describing a cypher, Shan rapped, "And if you wasn't from this town / Then you couldn't fight and win." Well, KRS-One just did not agree with that, setting off a battle that produced anthem after anthem.