Guest Star: "'Ether' Is One Of The Best Songs Nas Ever Made"
Wednesday, Sep 7, 2011 12:55PM
[In light of the recent release of her Straight Spittin' smartphone application, rap veteran Rah Digga names her favorite lyrical slaughterers of the past, as well as offers her opinion on the state of battle rapping today.]
Some of my favorite rap battles date back to that whole Juice Crew and KRS-One saga, [that] was like the highlight of my life. There's so many different rap battles I loved but I think the Juice Crew being one of my favorite rap crews of all time, so if there was ever anything dealing with them I definitely followed in their footsteps. LL Cool J too. Whenever LL had his little situations, I always looked forward to hearing his comebacks.
Supernatural was also a big battle rap artist back in the day. I was up on him. It's really just a little bit of everybody. I really liked a lot of the rap battles that took place in hip-hop. You also have Jay-Z and Nas. Although I don't know if I would technically call that a rap battle, I like when there's competition. It just brings something out of people that you don't get in typical songs. "Ether" is one of the best songs that Nas ever made. It just brought out a whole other animal [in Nas].
As far as battling is concerned, I don't know if we'll ever see the time when battling was the most important thing in hip-hop. But I do think it is a dope element. Even more importantly than battling, I'm just interested in hearing dope verses from people.
I hear a lot of songs that I like on the radio over and over again. But can I honestly pull a line from some of the records like, "Yo, did you hear what he said?" I just miss rewinding songs and checking for what somebody said. Those moments are kind of few and far between right now.
Rah Digga is a hip-hop veteran, known as a long-time member of Busta Rhymes' Flipmode Squad. She has been called "one of rap's most prominent women MCs" and released her latest solo album, Classic, in 2010.