Damn… backstage at Rock the Bells, Rakim chops it up with MTV about how he almost sent some shots towards Big Daddy Kane on Let the Rhythm Hit ‘Em.
Me and Kane, people always expected me and Kane to battle. ‘Yo, Ra, you and Kane need to do this. Boom, boom,’. For the most part, it was love. We knew that people was trying to make us clash. ‘Let the Rhythm Hit ‘Em,’ I had wrote some of that for Kane because he did a joint before that I felt he was talking to me. I wrote ‘Let the Rhythm Hit ‘Em’ [in response] and Eric B.’s brother, Ant Live, let Kane hear it.
They called me up like, ‘Nah, Ra, don’t let people gas it up and say I was talking about you. So it was a couple of bars in ‘Let the Rhythm Hit ‘Em’ that I took out because I spoke to Kane. But he could’ve been lying. You know how it is, baby! Nah, love is love. A lot of people wanted it to happen — it would have been crazy. But big up to Kane, he always kept me on my toes, and I hope vice versa. And another brother: [Kool] G Rap. Those were my measuring sticks that I measured myself with. Big up for helping me keep my sword sharp.
Speaking of those two (Big Daddy Kane x Kool G Rap); Black Thought’s impression of them on Boom! is unbelievable. A track off The Tipping Point I always thought got overlooked.