Most young hip-hop fans remember MC Shan from the “Beef” DVD series where he talked about his beef with KRS-One and his Boogie Down Productions crew during “The Bridge Wars.” They might not be as likely to recall a beef LL Cool J and MC Shan had. In a new interview with Complex Magazine, the rapper explains how it all went down with Uncle L.
Apparently, Shan released a diss track aimed squarely at LL called “Beat Biter” because LL Cool J stole Marly Marl‘s production patterns from Shan’s “Marley Scratch” for “Rock The Bells.” LL Cool J never responded to Shan’s “Beat Biter” record. But during the interview, MC Shan did make mention of a time when he snapped LL’s “Rock The Bells” record to disrespect him.
“How ‘Beat Biter’ came about, it was because LL had took the beat to ‘Marley Scratch.’ If you was to play ‘Rock The Bells’ and ‘Marley Scratch’ side-by-side? That was the ‘Marley Scratch’ beat pattern,” MC Shan recounted. “In those days we had a lot of pride in being an artist. Be original, don’t copy, and if you said something that was close to mine it was like, ‘You a biter and I’ma diss you!’ When he took my beat, that was a total violation of Hip Hop ethics. We would say, ‘Don’t bite a rhyme,’ but I took it to another level. ‘Don’t take my beat or we’ll have a problem!'”
MC Shan elaborated with, “He never responded. There’s a DVD out called Beef and they tell the story of all the LL battles that he ever had, and they briefly show me but they never mentioned me. It’s like they just tried to look over the fact that Shan went at LL. As far as me and LL having shows together, we used to tour together, that’s how he got my ‘Marley Scratch’ beat. We had one show where we were supposed to battle—it was in Syracuse—and I did that ‘Beat Biter.’ Marley was cutting the record up, back and forth. I went over to the turntable and I snatched LL’s record off and I snapped the record! I still had the microphone in my hand, and when I snapped the record the sound resonated through the speakers, the crowd went crazy and LL never got on stage that night! They tried to turn his limo over, just for that. True story.”
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