10. Cool C Disses The Juice Crew
During hip-hop’s golden era, the diss record proved to be a sure fire catalyst for rap street cred. Roxanne Shante established her legend challenging U.T.F.O. Salt-N-Pepa threw darts at Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew while Boogie Down Production came close to taking down the Juice Crew. And Kool Moe Dee ignited a landmark battle with rhyme behemoth LL Cool J. But one of the most curious records of 1987 came courtesy of up-and-coming Philadelphia rapper Cool C.
Following in the brash footsteps of KRS-One and his Bronx, New York collective, Christopher Roney took on the Marley Marl-led posse with his own brazen track “Juice Crew Dis.” If Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince dealt with PG-rated material, Cool C and his Hilltop Hustlers team traveled in more street worn territory. “Juice Crew Dis” garnered national attention for C, but more importantly it signaled that the Philly rap scene was quite robust and deserved to be taken seriously. A series of albums from Cool C and Hilltop Hustlers cohort Steady B continued the momentum until the pair was convicted on second degree murder charges following a botched 1996 robbery.