1. “Hit Em Up” feat. Outlawz (1996)
Widely regarded as one of the greatest diss tracks of all time, you know we couldn’t leave out “Hit Em Up.” The track took aim at several East Coast rappers, most notably former friend turned rival, The Notorious B.I.G., Diddy, and a host of other Bad Boy and New York artists.
The track was produced by the rapper’s long-time collaborator Johnny “J” and samples the bassline from “Don’t Look Any Further” by Dennis Edwards. The cut also interpolates “Get Money” by Junior M.A.F.I.A., which used the Dennis Edwards sample as well.