2015’s Best Battle On Wax? Funk Volume & Horseshoe Gang Trade Diss Tracks (Audio)
The year 2015 has seen a re-emergence of “beef” or diss records on wax in the world of Hip-Hop. While Mos Def a/k/a Yasiin Bey had a video leaked of him calling out MCs earlier this year, only for him to retract his challenge, 2015 has seen much hype around the Drake vs. Meek Mill battle.
Somewhat flying under the radar is another dope battle on wax for true Hip-Hop fans. Similar to Mos Def’s unintentional challenge, Hopsin and his label Funk Volume recently appeared on the “Sway In The Morning” show and made an official challenge to any Hip-Hop record label to put their three best MCs up against Funk Volume’s Hopsin, Dizzy Wright and Jarren Benton for $500,000 of Hopsin’s own money.
While many speculated that labels like Strange Music, Top Dawg Entertainment or Shady Records could potentially be up to the challenge, Kxng Crooked (f/k/a Crooked I)’s Horseshoe Gang released a diss track, in response to Funk Volume’s challenge, called “Half A Meal.” Kxng Crooked is a member of Slaughterhouse, which is signed to Shady Records, however the Horseshoe Gang is an independent group under his own company, C.O.B. The title is in reference to one of their representatives calling in during the same Sway interview and saying they had half of the $500K ready. The track was released on August 22, just days after the initial Sway interview, check it out below:
On August 28, Hopsin and Funk Volume released a diss track in response to Horseshoe Gang called “Free Meal,” in which they repeatedly reference the fact that Horseshoe Gang didn’t put up the $500K and arguably don’t have as large of a fan base. They even use samples from the same “Sway In The Morning” interview to back up their points. Check out the Funk Volume track below, which features Hopsin, Dizzy Wright and Jarren Benton:
Mere hours after Funk Volume released their response, Horseshoe Gang released a second diss track called “Same Day,” obviously referring to the speediness of their response. This track strictly appeals to rap skills, with references to Ruthless Records, which Hopsin was initially signed to before forming Funk Volume independently, and which also has gained more popularity with the recent release of the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton. Check out the Horseshoe Gang track below:
Which crew do you think had the harder diss track, and how do you think Funk Volume will retaliate? How do you think this stacks up against previous Hip-Hop battles on wax?