Stop buggin' a brother said dig him, I never dug him
He couldn't follow the leader long enough so I drug him

from Rakim – Follow The Leader Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

A warning shot to EPMD in response to a perceived diss in their song “You’re A Customer”

It’s like a Dig'em Smack
Smack me and I’ll smack you back

Over-eager fans thought that this was a response to Rakim’s “You could get a smack for this” line (from “I Ain’t No Joke”) and hyped up a beef between the two Long Island crews.

As it turned out the EPMD lyric was an innocent reference to the cereal Sugar Smacks, known as Dig'em Smacks because of their cartoon frog mascot Dig'em Frog. The catchphrase of their commercials was “Give me a smack and I’ll smack you back”, as Dig'em slapped five with the actors.

As Erick Sermon explains in this video interview, the two groups eventually met and cleared the air. But not before Rakim got at Erick and Parrish with these lines.

Nas mentions the ‘beef’ in his “Unauthorized Biography of Rakim”

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