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A Ranking of the Greatest Hip-Hop Battles Ever Recorded

With hip-hop built around competition, lyrical battles are sure to be inevitable. Dating as far back as when live performers dueled to win over crowds, the idea has changed drastically while its essence remains on albums. No longer just for sport, the idea of a battle has become about more than rapping. The key is now to embarrass your opponent with personal jabs that steal their audience altogether. Where someone like KRS-One has used battling to settle a score only when necessary, others such as 50 Cent have practically made a career out of it. There have been memorable battles with clear winners, and some have caused debates to rage on through the years. Here is a list of the greatest battles to take place on wax, which are all pivotal moments that sent shockwaves through the culture and have kept rap fans on their toes.

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