Thursday, December 4, 2008

Rap Treats #53: Kool Moe Dee vs. Busy Bee @ Harlem World 1981 (Full 90 Minute Tape)

What we have here is one of the most legendary MC battles in the history of Hip-Hop. By no means was this the first ever battle, but it may have been the first battle where one rapper went at the other MC in the fashion Kool Moe Dee went at Busy Bee. You can literally hear the art form of rapping take a giant leap forward that night. Kool Moe Dee was just on another planet compared to Busy Bee. Kool Moe Dee was a lyricist. Busy Bee was a party rocker. Battling as we know it today began with this battle. Check the video above for the full break down of what happened. The 12 minute audio of the battle has been floating around Blogland forever, but the Rap Treat here is a rip of the full 90 minute cassette tape of that historic night at Harlem World, Christmas 1981... both sides A and B... cassette hiss and everything.