Rakim Explains Ending His Beef With Big Daddy Kane

In a sit down with R.A. The Rugged Man, Rakim explains removing lines from "Let The Rhythm Hit 'Em" that were aimed at Big Daddy Kane.

Golden Era Hip Hop fans will likely remember an unofficial, yet implied, simmering beef between Big Daddy Kane and Rakim. The two New Yorkers enjoyed both commercial and critical success for the better part of the 80’s and 90’s, and they are widely regarded as two of Hip Hop’s greatest emcees. While they never had an outright battle like KRS-One and MC Shan, Rakim did confirm that the pair weren’t exactly on the best of terms.

“With “Let The Rhythm Hit ‘Em,” I ain’t gonna say the whole song was for Kane, but it was about three or four bars I put in there for Kane,” Rakim explained during a short viral he filmed with R.A. The Rugged Man. “Kane heard it, and my man Ant Live—Eric B’s brother—played it for him and gave Kane the number. Kane called my crib while I was sitting at the crib.”

Rakim added that Big Daddy Kane helped diffuse the situation, and the two emcees hashed out their differences. Based on their conversation, and the dynamic of knowing each other but still remaining professional rivals, Rakim said he removed three or four bars that referenced Kane from the song. While he says the pair haven’t spoken in a while, Rakim maintains that everything remains cool between them. In past interviews, Rakim has reiterated that both Big Daddy Kane and Kool G. Rap kept him on his toes and were “measuring sticks.” Rakim’s full interview with R.A. The Rugged Man is below.

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  • quim splitter

    comments are always better than the article/ video on the page.

  • Anonymous

    "What makes your opinion better than theirs" Mine is laced with fact. They react with emotion, which is hilarious considering this is a blog site, not real life.


    i wish kane never called ra and squashed the beef cz that shit would of been the greatest battle in rap history

  • kennyken

    man everybody will tell you, it was done for partying. white folks got on it with sugar hill and the disco vibe. rakim and kane called each other before the shit even got started. that's what i say that the next gen is getting confused. don't imitate art. be a man, be talented and stay focused. even jay z doesn't have roots anymore. hell even country music is crossing over. but the pioneers like willie nelson congratulate the newcomers. they don't diss them....rap music is trying too hard to imitate art. just live life. and if you're talented, don't let any record company water down your sound. thats easier said than done though, from what i've experienced

  • Anonymous

    "the money came good, if not no big deal" Imagine if Jay had thought that way. If you ain't in it for the presidents, then don't even bother picking up a mic.

    • Gay Ninja

      It's bitches like you that deserve to get lynched. For real. Ask any MC from the 70's if he was doing it for the $. Rap music got fucked once corporates got involved with it.

  • Anonymous

    "Typed by someone with much less of a life than Rakim" I C I struck a cord. Now go dust off your cassette singles and come back when you can handle an opinion.

    • Anonymous

      What makes your opinion better than theirs? You offer zero insight on the topics at hand, and I can tell when you comment.

  • iamhiphop

    This should've turned into a Pac/Biggie type of shit. I would love to see this niggas dying.

  • anonymous

    GM Caz and Mele Mel is to Rakim and Kane to Jay and Nas just like what Larry Bird and Magic is Jordan and Barkley is to Lebron and Kobe all great, respect.

  • YEBO


  • So Icy Boi!:

    two of the best mc's ever. today you have only faggots who think they are dope like: lil wayne, drake, 50 cent and rick ross but they all garbage.


    The 2 dopest mc's ever !!!! Should have done a track or lp together 80's Hip Hop was great

  • Dana

    5 reasons why Kane is better than Rakim: 1: He's got compound rhymes 2: He can rhyme fast 3: He's got a Grammy 4: He's handsome 5: He's from Brooklyn

    • Rakim

      5 reasons why you are a bitch 1) you sound like a bitch 2) you act like a bitch 3) you look like a bitch 4) you smell like a bitch 5) you think like a bitch

    • Anonuooso

      When did Kane win a Grammy? Lying ass bitch, hope you get raped and die, fuck you and your children!

    • SDK

      What, uhh, yo Just when things seemed the same, and the whole scene is lame I come and reign with the unexplained for the brains 'til things change They strain to sling slang, I'm trained to bring game History that I arranged been regained by King James Go to practice, with tactics, when the track hits, theatrics Women that look like actress the status of Cleopatra's Stacks of mathematics to feed yo-asiatics As I find out, what the facts is, for geographic No time to sip Mo's with hostess, never mind what the total gross is I rip shows, stay focused, and split cheese, with soldiers While you hit trees and coast I spit flows that be ferocious And with these explosives, I split seas for Moses Shine permanently only my mind's concernin me Fire burns in me eternally time's eternity Followers turn on me they'll be in a mental infirmary Determinely advance technology better than Germany Since the first days you know of, till the last days is over I was always the flow-er, I made waves for Noah From a compound, to the anatomy, to the breakdown of a atom Some of my rap patterns, still surround Saturn From the ancient hieroglyphics, to graffiti painted pictures I study I know the scriptures but nowaday ain't it vicious Date back I go beyond, check the holy Qu'ran To speeches at the autobahn, now we get our party on So being benificent, I bless em with dialogue They expectin the next testament, by the God I roam through battlezones with chrome for chaperone Blast beat with saxophones one of the baddest rappers known Every country city and borough, sidestreet and ghetto Isle and alley and meadow, theories thorough enough to echo When it was one mass of land, with one nash' of man And the whole mass was ran under one master plan Since the world's metamorphis, and the plan is kept in orbit Turntables we spin awkward but needles never skip off it Rhythms we expressin similar to our ancestors It'll answer your questions if you understand the message From the days of the slave choppers, to the new age of prophets As heavy as hip-hop is I'm always ready to drop it From the mind which is one of Allah's best designs And mines'll stand the test of time, when I rhyme

    • Anonymous

      lol shut up

  • Anonymous

    big daddy kane and kwame were the best out of new york during that time.

  • Anonymous

    Nobody told you to click the page link or comment punk. Ignore it just like the rest of the nation ignores the Seahawks.

  • Anonymous

    "and in turn, the fans were given quality rap" It didn't help them make truckloads of money or achieve that crossover success, so like I said, get a life Rakim. Dre gave you the opportunity to really blow and you dropped the ball like TO will this season with the Seahawks.

    • anonymous

      @doja Like I said earlier if the money good, if it didn't no big deal, and if the money came their vision wasn't beyond a nice apartment, truck jewels and a 190Benz. Yeah they got commercial deals but they really were out to have the best flows. No delusion here bruh it was how skateboarders just fall into endorsements tho they care more about the illest trick they can invent.

    • youngsta

      It didn't help deeze neecas get $, so of course da beef was shitty.

    • doja

      Weren't out to make money? Is that why Rakim and Eric B were in a St Ides commercial you delusional faggot?

    • Anonymous

      You obviously young and don't even know that they came out at a time where cats were only out to outrhyme each other, if the money came good, if not no big deal, since it wasn't the focus just rhyming, scratching or making beats, think of them as the cats doing the math before calculators you can't hate because rap wasn't even around 15 yers when they were in their prime. Actually even your favorite rapper would slap the taste out your mouth for your comment.

    • Cage

      ^^^ Typed by someone with much less of a life than Rakim so how much of a girl are you?? Haha yeah don't waste the keystrokes lil bitch...

  • FuKKK Big Daddy KKKane

    Rakim > Kane's punk ass.

  • Anonymous

    Ra ain't fucking with kane, i say that because ra is on every bodys alist. And you shortys better do some home work before giving your two cents on you version of Rap

  • Anonymous

    Jay-Z and Nas before Jay-Z and Nas

    • SDK

      Y'all niggas deal with emotions like bitches What's sad is I love you 'cause you're my brother You traded your soul for riches My child, I've watched you grow up to be famous And now I smile like a proud dad, watchin his only son that made it You seem to be only concerned with dissin women Were you abused as a child, scared to smile, they called you ugly? Well life is harsh, hug me, don't reject me or make records to disrespect me, blatant or indirectly In '88 you was gettin chased through your buildin Callin my crib and I ain't even give you my numbers All I did was gave you a style for you to run with Smilin in my face, glad to break bread with the god Wearin Jaz chains, no tecs, no cash, no cars No jail bars Jigga, no pies, no case Just Hawaiian shirts, hangin with little Chase You a fan, a phony, a fake, a pussy, a Stan I still whip your ass, you thirty-six in a karate class You Tae-bo hoe, tryna' work it out, you tryna' get brolic? Ask me if I'm tryna' kick knowledge Nah, I'm tryna' kick the shit you need to learn though That ether, that shit that make your soul burn slow Is he Dame Diddy, Dame Daddy or Dame Dummy? Oh, I get it, you Biggie and he's Puffy Rockefeller died of AIDS, that was the end of his chapter And that's the guy y'all chose to name your company after? Put it together, I rock hoes, y'all rock fellas And now y'all try to take my spot, fellas? Philly's hot rock fellas, put you in a dry spot, fellas In a pine box with nine shots from my glock, fellas Foxy got you hot 'cause you kept your face in her puss What you think, you gettin girls now 'cause of your looks? Ne-gro please You no mustache havin, with whiskers like a rat Compared to Beans you wack And your man stabbed Un and made you take the blame You ass, went from Jaz to hangin with Kane, to Irv, to Big And, Eminem murdered you on your own shit You a dick-ridin faggot, you love the attention Queens niggas run you niggas, ask Russell Simmons Ha, R-O-C get gunned up and clapped quick J.J. Evans get gunned up and clapped quick Your whole damn record label gunned up and clapped quick Shaun Carter to Jay-Z, damn you on Jaz dick So little shorty's gettin gunned up and clapped quick How much of Biggie's rhymes is gon' come out your fat lips? Wanted to be on every last one of my classics You pop shit, apologize, nigga, just ask Kiss

  • Anonymous

    Old beef that never generated anything. Get a life Rakim.

    • Nike Champ 718

      Rakim told this story years ago, so it's not like he's just now telling it to keep his name out there.

    • Dom

      Not true - like he said, it helped Kane and Him keep their game, and in turn, the fans were given quality rap. Not like beef a few years on, for money, where people died, and the seemingly fabricated Young Money/Jay-Z/Kanye beef where the only ones who lose out are the fans.

  • MMG Uncut

    It must be a peaceful retirement for both of them, knowing that MMG and it's leader and visionary, Rick Ross, keeps dropping qyality, real hip hop albums and mixtapes. Golden Age is def not over.

  • West West

    This beef is so old it has turned into beef jerkey!

  • rbgwarrior

    Glad it never manifested.....they are #2 (Ra) & #3 (Kane) on my personal 'GOAT' list, just behind the Blastmaster ofcourse

    • Nike Champ 718

      I think this would've have been something epic had it happened. Kane might've actually needed it to keep him from falling off like he did and continuing with that rap's Marvin Gaye sh*t. Would've put the battery in his back like what "Takeover" did to/for Nas.

    • chunk rocck

      4 sure. The real 3 KINGS >>>>>>>

  • FuKKK RaKKKim

    Hope they all die.

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