"One on one will never beat one against four": Ice Cube on Machine Gun Kelly's 'Rap Devil' return fire to Eminem's 'Kamikaze' diss track
Former NWA rapper weighs in on whether Machine Gun Kelly's response to Eminem is as good as his 'No Vaseline', considered the greatest diss track of all time.
'No Vaseline' by former NWA member Ice Cube is considered arguably the greatest diss track in the history of rap music. The 1991 track from Cube's second album 'Death Certificate' eviscerated his former bandmates, Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, MC Ren, DJ Yella and their manager, Jerry Heller. The vitriol and wordplay on the track hasn't been matched since, despite rap's history and ethos being dotted with diss bars by many a worthy MCs.
"Goddamn, I'm glad y'all set it off
Used to be hard, now you're just wet and soft
First you was down with the AK
And now I see you on a video with Michel'le
Looking like straight Bozos
I saw it coming, that's why I went solo
And kept on stompin'
While y'all mothafuckers moved straight outta Compton
Living with the whites
One big house and not another nigga in sight"
In the light of Eminem's recent diss-populated surprise album 'Kamikaze', especially his duel with Machine Gun Kelly on the track 'Not Alike' (and Kelly's return machine gun fire on 'Rap Devil'), who better to weigh in on the unfolding situation than Cube himself.
The rapper/actor took to Twitter to respond to a fan citing MGK's Eminem attack as hip-hop's definitive diss track. "Yeah right," Cube, responded. "One on one will never beat one against four (plus Jerry Heller). Murdered the track, killed the group. Game over."
Yeah right, one on one will never beat one against four (plus Jerry Heller). Murdered the track, killed the group. Game over. https://t.co/7t6exeTtCv— Ice Cube (@icecube) September 4, 2018
For those not up to date on the 'No Vaseline' era, there's a scene in the NWA biopic 'Straight Outta Compton' that illustrates the devastating effect the track has on the rest of the group's member.
You know you have got the better of your adversaries when even they acknowledge that you have owned them. In a conversation with Vlad TV, DJ Yella had this to say, “I thought it was cool,” Yella said when asked about the diss song. “That’s the thing about it. No one really got mad. It was like, ‘Okay, he got us on that one.’ I even told Cube this a couple of months ago. I told him, ‘You got us.’ That’s it.”
So, Ice Cube's Verdict for Machine Gun Kelly's 'Rap Devil': Good shot, but the crown's still mine.