Let’s go back to 85’ and 86’ when the “Bridge Wars” popped off, it is one of Hip Hops most famous beefs. MC Shan and KRS One went record for record for a minute and of course one dude won and kept it moving while the other dude lost the battle and his career as well. Well something I’m seeing a lot of most of the Kool G Rap interviews I come across is people wanting to know why G Rap, Big Daddy Kane, Biz and any other members of The Juice Crew weren’t thrown in that mix? KRS did throw Shante name in the mix but no one else… I remember back when KRS was going at with Nelly and SOHH went on this mission to call KRS a bully, they brought that fact up too that he didn’t go at Big Daddy or G Rap. Their reason was because he (KRS) knew they would get in that ass. That is a debate in itself and one that could truly have any answer be the right one. But truth is there are many reasons why those names didn’t get put in the mix and here there are.
- The beef started from a misinterpretation in a song
You know the line in a “The Bridge”,
“You love to hear the story again an 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…. The Bridge.. Queens Bridge”
KRS One said he took issue with song And thus began the penning of “South Bronx”.
2. Big Daddy Kane and Kool G Rap who???
The records were coming out between 85’ and 86’ and by all accounts record release wise Kane and G Rap were popping by 87’. Unless you were completely in the know of The Juice Crew world during that time those dudes weren’t even on too many people’s radar at all. Even Biz was getting his Doug E.Fresh on for Shante as her beatboxer back when the The Bridge Wars were popping off. Maybe for the sake of argument if they were in the spotlight also their names would have been mentioned too… Plus to be fair they both made little comments about KRS that until they mentioned it no one really noticed and they both wrote for Shante as she addressed BDP from what I heard, so they did their part.
3. MC Shan was the man then
Shan was the face of The Juice Crew so when “The South Bronx” dropped it really didn’t go at The Juice Crew just the claim of where Hip Hop started and took issue with the Queen Bridge being the birth , again a misunderstanding. Now he did go at Shan on the record too but Shan recorded “The Bridge”. So once it really got popping the man star of the crew was the biggest target.
4. KRS had a grudge against the main stars of The Juice Crew anyway.
I remember seeing the first Beef and KRS said that somehow that it had come back to them (KRS and Scott La Rock) that Mr. Magic thought their demo was wack. Now KRS said it himself he thought Shan was wack. The Fact Marley was riding with Mr. Magic so The Juice Crew were by all rights gonna get more radio love was a bit bias and the truth is Shan was kinda wack if you ask me. So as he was blowing up thanks to his connect and the The Bridge which was a B side record, KRS feeling he and BDP was dismissed as being garbage was more fuel to the fire anyway.
5. Big Daddy Kane was cool with KRS
I’ve listened all the G Rap interviews on the beef and never really heard G Rap say he was cool with KRS, he thought he was dope and liked the music back then but didn’t say they were friends. Kane on the other hand did, it’s even in a song.
“Juice Crew’s the family, Slick Rick’s a friend of me/ and Doug E Fresh, Stet, KRS and Public enemy”
– Wrath Of Kane
I even saw on some youtube video where Kane said KRS came through and helped him move. So maybe it was a mutual thing not to go at one another from the Kane and KRS angle?
6. It was The Bronx vs, Queens
Besides G Rap, Craig G., Shante and Grand Daddy I U (who didn’t drop a single until 89’) the other members were from Brooklyn. Kane and Masta Ace Brooklyn and Biz was from Harlem. So yeah G Rap had a right to be offered and could have easily went the Blaq Poet route and made it a Queens Pride thing but KRS again never really went at anyone else in Queens. Not LL or RUN DMC just Shan, Marley, Shante and Mr Magic.
7. No one else in BDP jumped in so it was one on one
I’m sure if someone else would have thrown out a song going at the Juice Crew it would have been only right to hear Big Daddy Kane and G Rap and the more lyrically inclined dudes get in on the action. That didn’t happen, hell to be real besides D Nice and Ms. Melodie I never really heard anyone else spit but KRS. Since it was man to man and KRS seem to be only aiming for Shan why worry about it.
8. Maybe KRS knew he was out gunned….
I’m looking for a reason now obviously to why he didn’t aim at other members. As I said there were many head in The Juice Crew. I know KRS is a master of battle raps but to go up against that many people with only again two other rappers would have been suicide so maybe not spreading the beef to other dudes was a wise move on his part.
9. Mc Shan should have been able to hold his own
Besides “The Bridge” which in all honesty wasn’t a diss record but the reason the war started MC Shan part in the battle are lost. The beat to “Kill That Noise” is more famous than the actual song itself. Shan was the face of The Juice Crew and to be fair and a bit off topic once he fell off there really was no “the man” main face of The Juice Crew. Kane was more successful than everyone else but Biz, G Rap Masta Ace, Grand Daddy I.U. and Tragedy all had a large following. The debate between who is better Kane or G Rap will forever be held. Shan just was out matched and may have been cocky to not want to continue on with the beef and felt moving on was the best move. Besides his move with Snow, you remember the white reggae dude with the “Informer” song, I know me neither, Shan really was off the radar after The Bridge Wars.
10. It was over as fast as it started
People don’t remember but it seemed both parties knew it was over long before the rest of the Hip Hop world outside of New York did. It was 91’ and I saw the “Self Destruction” video and it hit me, Marley Marl is beside Doug E Fresh during his part of the song. Now ‘The Brigde Is Over was a couple of years old but still was fresh in people’s minds so to know a song in 88’ had Marley Marl and KRS together somehow was big to me. Then came all the old pics of Shan nad KRS that you can find online these days when they were younger. It seemed they both saw the money in it and went with that.and did something I heard Kool Mo Dee had a chance to do but didn’t for whatever reason and that was do shows using the beef as a tool to sell tickets and records.
It was and again IS one of Hip Hop best battles and it wasn’t personal like the how the Mo Dee vs. LL thing was. Even though Shan came away the loser he still will be remembered in history and some people will go check his albums out and like the dude, I have friends who still think he was hot back then. Things would have been much different all around if other people were in it, it’s still good to wonder and speculate what would have happened if G Rap and Kane had got involved.