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.
All trending at the same time what is this late 90s early 2000s again pic.twitter.com/8UhpURtWoB
— D.T. (@Darlene26811165) November 24, 2017
Dipset workin on a new project, Jadakiss & Fab dropped a mixtape, Mase dropped a diss track at Camron… Highschool me is ecstatic. Bout to put on an Avirex jacket and pop a bottle of Hpnotiq to celebrate!!!
— Timothy DeLaGhetto (@TimothyDeLaG) November 24, 2017
Mase disses Cam’ron in 2017. Im gonna grab my FUBU gear and iron it. We’re back.
— Sky Lord (@SkyLordGrad) November 24, 2017
NYC cats about to save the mp4 of the Mase diss track on Cam’ron on one of these. pic.twitter.com/vV9GMRY52D
— Erick Fernandez (@ErickFernandez) November 24, 2017
Mase and Killa Cam renewed thier beef, Jadakiss and Fab dropped Friday the 13th, Dave East just droped some heat, the Knicks are over .500 everybody in New York Walking like pic.twitter.com/du62p4wAwR
— King Merci (@MerciGotBarz) November 24, 2017