(AllHipHop News) “Big was ahead of his time. Him and Raekwon my n*ggas, but dig it, they couldn’t get along,” rapped Nas on the 2002 song “Last Real N*gga Real Alive.” The issues between The Notorious B.I.G. and members of the Wu-Tang Clan were brought up again during a recent interview on the Don’t Be Scared podcast.
The show’s hosts David, Jah, and Danni spoke with Junior Mafia affiliate Jacob York. The close friend of Biggie and executive producer of Lil Kim’s debut album Hard Core spoke about the Big-Wu beef.
Method Man was on [Biggie’s] album [Ready To Die] so we were all sitting there like, “Huh?” When [Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…] album dropped and we heard the [“Shark N*ggas (Biters)”] interlude… We heard that and we were like, “What the hell was that about?” No one saw it coming. It came out of left field. It got squashed that fast…
You ever notice that [Biggie] never put out a diss record against him? He rapped it. He got it off his chest. He just told me to erase it…
He had to vent. He’s an emcee, so he has to vent. He has to get things off his chest. He got it off his chest, and said, “Erase that Jacob. Make sure you erase that.” He killed it. He murdered it…
I’m not gonna say [if it was directed at the entire Wu-Tang Clan], but he got a lot off his chest on that record.
Some rap listeners have suspected The Notorious B.I.G track “Kick In The Door” was a subliminal diss toward the Wu, Nas, and others. The DJ Premier produced record appeared on the posthumous LP Life After Death.
York also dispelled a longstanding rumor involving the Junior Mafia crew. According to York, Biggie never wrote any of Lil Kim’s lyrics. The Brooklyn legend would simply re-rap some of Kim’s verses to help give her a reference on how to deliver the words.
He also revealed Big studied OutKast while he was recording Ready To Die. The Atlanta group’s Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik served as inspiration for Biggie’s debut album released five months later.
[ALSO READ: Foxy Brown Shouts Out Longtime Rival Lil Kim]
Listen to Jacob York’s interview below.