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Ice Cube Calls “No Vaseline” the Best Diss Song in Hip-Hop History

"Beefs are, you know, they're volatile. So you, you always have to be careful that a beef doesn't turn into a murder,"

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Ice Cube recently claimed that his song, from 1991 is the track in the history of hip hop surpassing songs by artists like Kendrick Lamar, Nas and the late 2Pac.

During an event Cube acknowledged the impact of “No Vaseline”. Compared it to other famous diss tracks in hip hop. He argued that newer diss tracks such as “Hit ‘Em Up ” “Ether,” and Kendricks releases don’t match up to the influence of “No Vaseline,” especially when targeting his N.W.A group members.

“No Vaseline is the best diss song in the history of hip-hop, and I’ll tell you why,” Cube said. “One MC, myself, I took out four muthafuckers and their manager. You can’t beat that. You can’t beat that. But we did that over 30 years ago so as it stands today I got nothing but love for N.W.A ok. Nothing but love for Dr. Dre, nothing but love for MC Ren, DJ Yella, Eazy E rest in peace.”

The release of “No Vaseline” followed Cubes departure from N.W.A due to disagreements over management and royalties. The group had publicly criticized Cube on songs like “100 Miles and Runnin'”. Real N***az.” In response Cube hit back with “Jackin’, for Beats” before delivering a takedown of his bandmates with the infamous diss track “No Vaseline.”

Cube recently shared in an interview, with Etalk that he is not in favor of rap feuds and cautioned rappers to be mindful of their lyrics noting the potential for violence that such conflicts can lead to in the hip hop world.

“Beefs are, you know, they’re volatile. So you, you always have to be careful that a beef doesn’t turn into a murder,” Cube said. “Back in the day, you do a diss record, but it would stay kinda somewhat in the hip-hop community. Now, it’s all over the world, all walks of life know what’s going on and you know, some people can’t really take that kind of humiliation.”

Cube also added, “I don’t really like seeing rappers beef. I don’t think it’s necessary to have a great career, but it happens. Hey, it’s part of the game, and I think when you’re in a beef, you can’t really hold back. It’s like being in a fight; you can’t really half punch, you gotta go all the way.”