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Old 07-09-04, 02:48 PM
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Shaq vs. Skillz: Biggest mismatch in hip-hop battle history?

Kind of old news, but I hadn't seen anything about it here.

From MTV News:
On a recent mixtape by DJ Sickamore called Drop Another Day, #34 raps a freestyle about going after the Timberwolves' Kevin Garnett and the Spurs' Tim Duncan and apparently takes aim at Virginia MC Skillz, formerly known as Mad Skillz.

"I don't care how mad your skills is, you can't serve me," Shaq raps. "You don't like Deez? Take off my throwback jersey." O'Neal goes on to say, "You're the fourth-best from Virginia/ Guess what? I don't f--- with scrubs either/ ... I don't know what you look like/ You be spitting metaphors like you're a geek."


"I got home and a couple of my friends had called me and said, 'Yo, there's a mixtape with Shaq dissing you,' " Skillz said Friday (June 11). "It sounded ludicrous off the top. Why would Shaq be dissing me? I listened to it a hundred times to make sure. It's evident he was talking about me. I have no idea why, but that don't really matter. He threw the first blow. That's a heavy blow. That's a big dude."

Unlike Garnett and Duncan, Mad Skillz's name isn't explicitly said by O'Neal, and the Diesel was unable to be reached for confirmation. However, Skillz is sure he was called out by Shaq, and he plans to holla back with his own dis.

"I wouldn't even answer Shaq back if he didn't think he could rap," Skillz huffed. "I think he actually believes he's nice. It's a mismatch. It's gonna be funny."

Though Skillz said his words will be laced with humor, he hopes to remove any smile Shaq may have on his face. He wants to destroy the basketball star's rap career.

"That's what I'm out to do," said Skillz, whose biggest record is probably Aaliyah's "Are You That Somebody" remix. "People know me as far as rap battles. I don't hold nothing. I'm real serious about my lyrics, and when I come out, I come swinging.

"He's not an MC," continued Skillz, who called Shaq-Fu one of the worst ever on the mic. "I don't think anybody I know respected him or even looked at him as an MC. He's OK. He was OK back in the day, but for him to wait that long before he rapped at all, then rap against me, that's sad, Shaq. You ought to be worried about the [Detroit Pistons'] Wallace boys, not me."

Skillz said he's a heard a theory about why O'Neal might want to throw jabs at him. At the top of the year, he released the underground cut "The Rap Up 2004," on which he made fun of another Laker, Kobe Bryant, by calling his alleged rape of a Colorado woman "the dummy move of the year." Skillz also took a piece of 50 Cent's "Wanksta" for his rap, saying, "Damn, Kobe. In high school you was the man, Kobe."

"I don't know how close him and Kobe are," Skillz said. "What I said about Kobe in 'The Rap Up' ... I didn't make none of that up. 'The Rap Up' is a summary of what happens in the year. [Shaq] might have been trying to take up for Kobe, but even Kobe wouldn't have taken up for Kobe."

Skillz said he's had his response written for some time but hasn't had time to record it. He's been on tour with his friends the Roots.

You can hear Shaq's dis track here.

Skillz' response is here.

On July 13th, Skillz is releasing a CD with 7 (!) dis tracks on it. I already have it pre-ordered. It'll be funny to hear what he has to say (especially in light of the Lakers blowing the NBA finals). He's got some of the best punchlines in the business and can more than hold his own in a battle. Despite the fact that Skillz isn't widely known in the mainstream (although he is "your favorite rapper's favorite rapper"), Shaq definitely bit off more than he could chew.

Hard to believe, but this is an even worse lyrical mismatch than Eminem-Benzino.

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Old 07-09-04, 03:18 PM
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Heard about this about a month back. Hilarious stuff, Skillz totally ripped him.
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I heard it was a publicity stunt and Skillz wrote those lines for Shaq. I mean come on how is guy that uses a ghostwriter going to battle someone? Especially one that ghostwrites.
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Skillz has a song on there called '99 free-throw's"he take's Jay-Z's 99 problems's beat and listen to what he say's during the hook.

Skill'z rap's "You got 99 free-throw's,and you cant make one"

Jay-Z's verse goes "I got 99 problem's and a Bit%# aint one"

It's pretty funny stuff.
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He even goes after Shaq's lazy eye...damn...
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My favorite line, so far, is: "I'll make a porno with Magic before I go make Kazam or Steel."

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