Rap Beef has been the go to move for struggling (Benzino) and successful (50 Cent) artists the last 10 years , and we as rap artists have become either turned off by it or indifferent, and you don’t have to go any further than to look at the sales for “BISD”. The reason why we’ve become apathetic towards it could be because a lot of it realize on empty threats that are never carried out, too many beefs to keep up with, or just the lack of creativity done when releasing a new battle rap. Whatever the case may be, the era of people running to their nearest mix tape spots to hear the Jadakiss/Sigel, Nas/Jay disses are long gone.
However, that wasn’t the case in 1996. When a Chicago MC by the name of Common Sense drew the ire of the legendary (But on his last legs, at the time) Ice Cube, and his Westside Connection gang with his song “I Used to love H.E.R.” We all know the story of what happened, as WSC released jabs on wax and interviews towards the Chicago breed MC. And Common came back with a vengeance and made one of the most image damaging records ever. However, the version most people heard or recognize as the “original ether” on record, is NOT the original record released by Common Sense. Prior to the “Street Version” where Common references their single dissing him “Smacking niggas in the Slaughterhouse” and Mack 10’s label “Hoo Banging, you aint’ banging shit but the table”, there was this one that was not quite as “Hard hitting” as the one most are used to listening to, however, when analyzed further, may actually better than the edited version. Either way, this song represents the end of a era, when diss records actually made rap exciting.