The next Instagram LIVE battle between two incredible hip hop producers has been confirmed and it sees two of the grittiest, grimiest producers who were responsible for some of the most iconic music coming out of the boroughs of New York in the 1990’s – The Alchemist and Havoc.

Picking a winner is going to be like drawing straws and will all come down to beat choice, who goes first and plenty of other variables, but once again it shapes as another ‘rap fans win’ battle where we can all relive some of the most incredible music made in the rap / hip hop genre.

So, looking ahead to the battle, I’ve gone ahead and listed what I think are the TOP FIVE beats from each producer. These are the ones I’ll be praying don’t go head to head and will be checking for when the battle takes place. Now for the record, real hip hop heads know that this is an impossible task, to try and pick your favourite tracks let alone the BEST? Like picking between your kids man….. or like saying you can only have hip hop or hoops for the rest of your life! But, here we go….

The Alchemist – Top 5

Prodigy – Keep It Thoro. One of my all time favourite beats, and that is saying something, but I do also argue it’s Alchemist’s best work. Brilliant track and Prodigy nailed the lyrical flow. Would be hard to beat in ANY round!

Mobb Deep – The Realest.

Jadakiss – We Gonna Make It.

Terror Squad – Bring It On.

Ghostface Killah – The Forest.

Havoc – Top 5

Mobb Deep – Shook Ones Pt. II. It’s hard to pick the ‘best’ Mobb Deep song and the first few albums after Juvenile Hell are classics from start to finish, but for me this track is the cream of the crop.

Mobb Deep – Eye for an Eye. Raw, gritty, this street theme is a concrete soundtrack.

Mobb Deep – Survival of the Fittest. Iconic. I know, I know, they all are but this one is REALLY iconic. As most of Havoc’s work, this stands the test of time and would be a classic even if released today.

Notorious B.I.G – Last Day. Hard to determine what is the best part of this track, Biggie’s verse, Jada’s verse or the dirty, filthy, nasty beat that makes you drop a stank face when you hear it. Either way – truly a classic from the H-a-v-o-c.

Cormega – Thun and Kicko. If you know you know, Mega is a dope emcee and worked a LOT with Prodigy & Havoc. This track (a Nas diss) is venomous and the beat lays the perfect foundation for the lyrical onslaught.

So there you have it, five of the best from each producer and what is sure to make for a FIRE battle on Instagram Live. Head over to our Facebook page to continue the conversation – what tracks are ‘can’t miss’ ones for you in this battle? Let us know.

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By Brutus Maximus

Founder of Raw Side Hip Hop. Been rocking with the hip hop culture for over 30 years. Love the creativity, authenticity of the art and the culture as a whole. Shout out to the real ones making and supporting true hip hip and the artists who make it!

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