17. “The Ripper Strikes Back”—LL Cool J (Canibus, 1998)
If there were a more prolific diss master than LL Cool J, their name would be KRS-One. Unfortunately, after a string of landmark battle rap triumphs against the likes of Kool Moe Dee (“Jack The Ripper”); Ice T, MC Hammer, Moe Dee (again!!!) (“To The Break of Dawn”); and Canibus (“4,3,2,1”), the latter young lion called the hip-hop vet’s bluff on the shocking “2nd Round K.O.” All LL could do was muster up a supremely average “The Ripper Strikes Back” as a response. Weak sauce from the man who literally built Def Jam.