In the first place, 3rd Bass? I'm at home
Waitin for the pitch so I can chrome your dome
A Brother grand slam cuts a vine like butter
Pick up my monkey and back to the mother
A Day of Outrage, Operation Snatchback by X-Clan

The strongly black nationalist X-Clan had no fondness for the group 3rd Bass, which was fronted by two white MC’s, Michael “MC Serch” Berrin and Peter “Prime Minister Pete Nice” Nash (the group’s DJ, Rich “DJ Richie Rich” Lawson, was black)

Brother J recalled the beef in Brian Coleman’s seminal book Check the Technique: Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies:

Play your position, that’s all I’ve ever said to white artists. My biggest beef with 3rd Bass was that their label was pushing them as a black group. We were shocked when we saw the video and saw these white boys rhymin' on some dope-ass shit. We didn’t want people to clone us by sounding like us. Play…your…position [says very slowly]. Be who you are

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Y'all better part like the Red Sea Niggas in Africa by Freeway

Free hopes that his enemies get out of his way in the same way that the water got the hell out Moses'

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Still in the motherland with a motherland ho
When it comes to screwing, she know what she doing
I don't know what she saying, but I love her lingo
Niggas in Africa by Freeway

Yes, it’s true — sex with groupies is the universal language

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Flip raps, used to flip white Niggas in Africa by Freeway

See this note for information about Freeway’s drug-dealing past

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Hit y'all niggas with the motherland flow Niggas in Africa by Freeway

Africa is often referred to as “the motherland”

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Still shine bright, got ice like a ski trip
And if I take my ice off
Shit'll get dark like a eclipse
Niggas in Africa by Freeway

Free’s diamond jewelry (“ice”) shines as bright as the sun — for him to remove it would be the equivalent of a solar eclipse

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IPhone call from your daughter
At Harvard -- she always bless me with knowledge cause
Niggas in Africa by Freeway

Free is not content with just drowning his opponents — he also apparently has to get with their daughters

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Freeway ride like the Michelin Man
Leave rappers in the Michigan lake
Niggas in Africa by Freeway

Freeway compares his riding of the beat to the famed Michelin Man, who promotes Michelin tires

He then threatens to leave all other rappers (metaphorically) dead and sinking to the bottom of Lake Michigan — incidentally Cam'ron’s favorite body of water

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I'm no liar, I don't gotta
Never had a Bugatti but I hit the Borgata
A.C. shit, last weekend
Niggas in Africa by Freeway

Free may not own an obscenely expensive Bugatti car (about $1,400,000 or so), but he has enough dough to regularly hit the fancy Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City

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Do this til y'all call me for shows
And the purse be like fifty or higher
Niggas in Africa by Freeway

Perhaps Freezer should do a show with Lil B, who is about halfway there

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