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The 1990s is arguably the last decade where New York rap truly ruled hip-hop. It was a golden era where New York artists such as Biggie, Jay Z, and Nas battled for rap supremacy within the big city. Hip-hop crews such as Wu-Tang Clan, A Tribe Called Quest, and The Fugees proved that collectives can be as impactful as solo emcees.

By the late 1990s, Mase and Cam’ron, friends since grade school, carried the torch by giving a new voice from Harlem, New York. But two decades later, Mase and Cam’ron are on bad terms and Mase struck with the lethal diss track, “The Oracle.”

Mase, sheds the pastor label and goes for the jugular by rapping, “In 2002 you lost 50 pounds ulcers in liver
And now you tryna sell n— liquor.” He continued rapping, “I made you, I raised you, why would I play you
When you dealing with this power n— [Funkmaster] Flex can’t save.”

The entire diss record plays out like a spat between friends who have deep secrets to share.

But beyond the diss record, the beef gave a boost to New York’s ‘90s-era hip-hop. On the same day of Mase’s diss, New York legends Jadakiss and Fabolous dropped a joint album entitled, Friday on Elm Street.

Fans of New York rap took to social media to share their thoughts on the day that provided a sense of nostalgia.

A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.