3 Battles over the Years Within the last three decades the battle has been executed in different ways. Some battle through records, others chose to do so spontaneously through freestyle, and others again chose to approach battle in an more amusing creative way. In a, b, and c a closer reading upon these examples will be taken.
3. a The Record Battle
The release of the record Down by Law’s “The Bridge” in 1987 results in MC Shan and Boogie Down Productions disagreeing over hip hop’s true origin. MC Shan’s song opening with “You love to hear the story again and again / Of how it all got started way back when / The monument is right in your face / Sit and listen for a while to the name of the place // [...] / Queensbridge” (“The Bridge”