by Ryan Wasoba
This month, you won't be able to watch an episode of "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" without seeing a half-dozen attack ads. The music world doesn't have attack ads, it has diss tracks. In honor of the onslaught of negativity in our political process, here are the six best diss tracks of all time. Let us know your favorites in our comments below, but keep in mind that all comments aimed towards RFT Music and its writers will only be accepted in the form of a song.
6. Lauryn Hill - "Lost Ones"
5. Anal Cunt - "Your Kid Committed Suicide Because You Suck" Anal Cunt's entire existence was based on being as offensive and negative as possible. So when Eric Clapton released "Tears In Heaven" as a dedication to his son, Anal Cunt responded with "Your Kid Committed Suicide Because You Suck." Without the magic of the Internet, we may only catch the lyrics to the eloquent hook ("Eric Clapton sucks / Eric Clapton sucks"), but let's take a moment to digest this second verse: "Your father sucks so fucking bad / You knew you'd get beaten up at school / You were sick of hearing 'You Look Wonderful Tonight' / So you jumped out of a really high window." Later, A.C.'s Seth Putnam sings "I almost wish you didn't die / Because I hate 'Tears In Heaven.'" It's the band's most brutal personal dig (although "311 Sucks" comes close).
4. Lynyrd Skynyrd - "Sweet Home Alabama"
3. Boogie Down Productions - "The Bridge Is Over"
1. Jay-Z - "Takeover" Jay-Z vs. Nas is the best hip-hop feud in which nobody died. "Takeover" from Jay's The Blueprint is the best track to come from this rivalry, and it solidified him as the victor. "Takeover" is dense with put downs towards Nas and his Mobb Deep crew, but the most effective is the simplest: "LAAAAAAAME." Now, Jay-Z is too smart to resort to simple name calling, and he could easily spit out smart-ass lines that put Nas in his place. So it is significant that, with all of his knowledge and ability, he goes with "LAAAAAAME," because it must be the most accurate word for Jay's opinion of Nas. Yeah, all is good between the two now, but the fact that Nas pretty much revitalized his career by signing to a then-Jay-Z-headed Def Jam records essentially puts his former rival in the driver's seat of the beef. "Takeover" is not the entire reason Jay-Z won, but it gave him an advantage early in the game.