[Verse 5: LL Cool J]

from LL Cool J (Ft. Canibus, DMX, Method Man & Redman) – 4, 3, 2, 1 Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

This verse was a very controversial verse. At the time, Canibus recorded his verse in this song and the first few lines went “Yo L,is that a Mic on your arm? Let me borrow that” and also “I’ll snatch the crown with your head still attached to it”.

LL took both of these lines as a diss to himself and recorded his verse dissing Canibus! Very bold move at the time and it resulted in one of the most famous beefs in hip-hop history, with both artists making vicious diss records towards each other. LL’s diss record,The Ripper Strikes Back, even caused another beef between Eminem and Canibus, who accused Em of writing the diss for LL.

Also LL received the “Hip-Hop Quotable of the month” in The Source magazine for this verse.

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