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“Hit ‘Em Up” is a diss song by rap artist Tupac Shakur (2Pac), featuring his group the Outlawz. It is the B-side to the single “How Do U Want It”, released on June 4, 1996, from the album All Eyez on Me. The song’s lyrics contain vicious insults to several East Coast rappers, chief among them, Shakur’s former friend and rival, The Notorious B.I.G., also known as Biggie Smalls. The song was recorded in Los Angeles, California at Can Am Studios in May 1996. Reporter Chuck Philips, who interviewed Shakur at Can Am, described the song as “a caustic anti-East Coast jihad in which the rapper threatens to eliminate Biggie, Sean Combs (Puffy), and a slew of Bad Boy artists and other New York acts.” The song was produced by long-time collaborator Johnny “J” and samples the bassline from “Don’t Look Any Further” by Dennis Edwards. The video, itself described as infamous, includes impersonations of Biggie, Puffy and Lil’ Kim.

“Hit ‘Em Up” had a large role in exacerbating the East Coast–West Coast hip hop rivalry. Following its release, the East Coast rappers insulted in the song responded through tracks of their own. The controversy surrounding the song is due in part to Shakur’s murder only four months after its release.

The song is widely considered by the American hip hop community as the greatest “diss song” ever recorded due to its explicit lyrical content and the seriousness of violent intent by Shakur and his colleagues towards their competitors.

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[Intro: 2Pac]
I ain't got no motherfucking friends
That's why I fucked your bitch you fat motherfucker
West Side, Bad Boy killers

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  • Amir-AA

    2PAC <3

    9 Aug 7:33pm Reply
  • Registeel

    This is a serious diss, this isn't too make people mad, it's reality. It's what happened.

    30 Apr 4:59am Reply
  • PlzDontBan

    only nerds think this is a shitty diss

    25 Feb 2:27am Reply
  • rza222

    Best diss track ever........still B.I.G.>Pac

    16 Feb 2:02am Reply
  • xxxvanessaxx

    Censored versions of 2pac should be fucking illegal. [2]

    8 Nov 2013 Reply
  • finulfite

    Censored versions of 2pac should be fucking illegal.

    4 Oct 2013 Reply
  • mcteethinator

    Great track but kinda ugly in hindsight.

    7 Sep 2013 Reply
  • a_theorem

    got beef?

    23 Aug 2013 Reply
  • stampit

    textbook diss

    16 Aug 2013 Reply
  • cliche_tragedy

    The censored version of this song is pointless. Yet, I'm impressed that I still know every word. Pretty good for a girl who loves pop punk.

    30 Jul 2013 Reply
  • dodv

    Why the blue hell would they put this song on the radio if they were going to censor it? Profanity is half the fucking song.

    22 Jun 2013 Reply
  • DKDC22

    "don't one of you niggas got sickle cell or something?" LMFAOOOO gets me everytime

    3 Jun 2013 Reply
  • DKDC22

    get out the wayyy yooo get out the wayyy yooo

    3 Jun 2013 Reply
  • SLUMBERPARTIES

    killin aint fair but somebody gotta do it

    27 May 2013 Reply
  • u2theedge

    what a stupid song

    2 May 2013 Reply
  • bmxrider94

    PLEASE DON'T READ THIS. YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE NEAREST POSSIBLE FRIDAY BY THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE.TOMORROW WILL BE THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE. NOW YOU'VE STARTED READING THIS. DON'T STOP. THIS IS SO FREAKY. 1. say your name 10 times 2. say your mom's name 5 times 3. say your crushes name 3 times 4. paste this to 4 other songs. if you do this, your crush will kiss you on the nearest Friday. but if you read this and do not paste this, then you will have very bad luck. SEND THIS TO 5 SONGS IN 143 MINUTES. WHEN YOU'RE DONE PRESS F6 AND YOUR CRUSH'S NAME WILL APPEAR IN BIG LETTERS ON THE SCREEN. THIS IS SO FREAKY BECAUSE IT ACTUALLY WORK

    19 Apr 2013 Reply
  • jinglynnbabee

    Boo! I appreciate Tupac, but Biggie was the greatest story teller :)

    5 Mar 2013 Reply
  • BlueROFLs

    Why the hell is this censored?

    16 Jan 2013 Reply
  • ChrisPauI

    Damn... a diss track censored...

    29 Nov 2012 Reply
  • loveallyoswagz

    2pac "Greatest Nigga that Eva Lived"

    6 Nov 2012 Reply
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