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Battle Of The Posse Cuts: Make ‘Em Say Unhh!!! vs. Dirty South

Make Em Say Unhh!!!

featuring Master P, Fiend, Silk the Shocker, Mia X, and Mystikal


Dirty South

featuring Cool Breeze, Big Boi, and Big Gipp

This week, Battle of the Posse Cuts heads back to the Dirty South and in doing so, its only right that we pay respect to Cool Breeze, the man who coined the term. I agree with those who believe he is the Dungeon Familys underrated MC. Choosing between Dirty South or Watch for the Hook was a challenge; but I am sure that Dirty South not only represents Cool Breezes influence but also just how seriously the Dungeon Family had the game on lock.

But if the Dungeon Family was one of the first networks of Southern rappers to really achieve national significance, then No Limit Records certainly solidified the Souths permanent imprint on Hip Hop. If you thought they were just Pen & Pixel Graphics best customers, you … man, I dont know what to tell you besides you missed something special.

These battles are subjective and follow three rules. The competing songs:

  • must feature at least three different MCs (to balance todays battle, Silk the Shocker will sit this one out);
  • cannot be from the same crew; and
  • will be from a similar region.

Each MC in the battle is scored with the following relay-race inspired point system:

0 – Maybe y’all should have just sang the hook instead of this verse;

1 – Okay, we hear you;

2 – Whoa, that was nice!; and

3 – DAAANNNNGGG, I’ll be repeating those bars all day!

Lead-off Leg: Master P vs. Cool Breeze

Nope, Ps opening bars do not belong in the pantheon of Hip Hops best opening lyrics. But maannnn, the energy? Make Em Say Unhhh!!! preceded the popularity of LilJons Crunk movement; yet, Beats By The Pounds production could easily feel as crunk as the crunkest joint your ever heard. Master P leads the charge with:

N***a, I’m the colonel of the mothef***in tank

Y’all after big thangs, we after big bank

Third Ward hustlas, soldiers in combat

Convicts and dealers and killers with TRU tats

Never gave a f**k bout no hoes on our riches

And n****as come short, I’m diggin ditches

M.P. pullin stripes, commander-in-chief

And fools run up wrong,

N***a I’m knockin out some teeth

If you were going to roll-up on P or anyone riding the No Limit tank, then the loss of your fronts was going to be the result. Speaking of rolling-up, Dirty South opens with the law rolling-up which sets a more somber tone than the hilarious introduction by Rappin4-Tay on Make Em Say Unhhh!!!. But yo, when that countdown starts – “1 to da 2 da 3 da 4” … get ready because its about to get hella real and who better to bring the real than Cool Breeze:

Now if dirty Bill Clinton fronted me some weight

Told me to keep two, bring him back eight

And I only brought him five and stuck his a** for three

Do you think that Clampett will sick his goons on me?

Folks that argue about how much better Hip Hop used to be often bring up the notion that the music taught listeners something or made them think. While we know not all old school tracks made people think, with these bars Cool Breeze achieves that feat. He presents the hypocrisy and exploitation within the drug game. A perspective like that is way more insightful than braggadocio about spoils of hustlinor how to mindlessly kill people that look like you. Master P definitely jumps the thing off but Cool Breeze throws an unexpected hook.

Master P -1  Cool Breeze – 2

Make Em Say Unhhh!!! – 1 Dirty South – 2

Second Leg: Fiend vs. Big Boi

If Cool Breeze is the unheralded member of the Dungeon Family then Fiend is the unheralded No Limit Soldier. As Ive come to learn, being the laidback spirit among a collection of animated voices lends itself to being overlooked. Those in the know or that have an ear or eye for such things, know better than overlooking the low-key dude. Fiends flow and bars wont allow him to be overlooked:

Fiend exercisin his right of exorcism,

Bustinout the Expedition

Bullets choppin haters business to about the size of prisms our mission

They heard we scary, No Limit mercenary

No tellin how bad it get, because the worst’ll vary

I heard you make em worry, that this for the loot

They intimidated by the rounds that the tank shoot

When taking a reflective view of the entire OutKast catalogue, it is obvious that Big Boi improved as an MC with each album. On this track, we still hear Southernplayalistic Big Boi, whose aspirational pimp bars do not match Fiends intricacy:

Right, well if pimpin’ be a sport I be bein’ the wide receiver

That n***a B-I-G will make ya’ll n***as believers

Sippin’ on Cuervo Gold off in the club drunk as f**k

Callin’ them hoes b****esand smokin’ my weed up

Fiend – 2  Big Boi – 1

Make Em Say Unhhh!!! – 3  Dirty South – 3

Third Leg: Mia X vs. Cool Breeze

Any fool who discredited female MCs must have never heard the unladylike diva, lyrical man eaterMia X. She brings it, every time, just like when she spits:

We capitalize and monopolize on everything we see keep pistols drawed

And cocked, we got the industry locked, we can’t be stopped, too hot

Check the spots that we got, on Billboard

This Tank can set up roadblocks, we fadin all you hoes

Want some mo? Then let’s go, stretch you out like elastic

Zip that a** up in plastic, have ya folks pickin caskets

We drastic, our tactics is homegrown in the ghetto

So feel the wrath of this sista, it’s like you fightin 10 n****s

Forget the baby boys, it’s the biggest mamma Mia.

Yessir! Mia X could bring the heat! But you know who else brings it? Cool Breeze. Big shout out to blogger Christina Lee – because from her piece, I learned that Dirty South is originally Cool Breezes song. Maybe thats why he has two verses on the track. He doesnt disappoint:

See never did I think when I got grown

That some pee wee sacks had been done took this town

See, life’s a b****h, then you figure out

Why you really got dropped in the Dirty South

See in the 3rd grade this is what you told

You was bought, you was sold

Now they sayin’ Juice left some heads cracked

I betcha Jed Clampett want his money back

See East Point Atlanta threw this road block

Talkin ’bout all this blow traffic got to stop

So the big time players off John Freeman Way

Had to find themselves another back street to take

We didn’t understand, “Naw n***a, that money ain’t yours”

Think about some of the Hip Hop tracks you find the most memorable. I bet a number of them include MCs who told a story. The best ones have stories that listeners can see.In Cool Breezes case, he provides an almost singalong flow with seemingly simple lines packed with layers of meaning and local slang. Heres what separates him from Mia X in this contest: I just enjoyed Mias fire but as Dirty South ending beats fades, I have consistently found myself re-rapping Breezes bars. This one is close.

Mia X – 2  Cool Breeze – 2.5

Make Em Say Unhhh!!! – 5  Dirty South – 5.5

Anchor Leg: Mystikal vs. Big Gipp

Talk about a contrast in styles – Mystikals animated Southern preacher inflections vs. Big Gipps effortless cool. But when we consider No Limit and factor the combination of a super hype song with an ultra energetic MC? Well, damn.

I’m that n***a that rappers look up to when they won’t know how to do it

Used to be the little bitty skinny motherf****r with the braids in his hair

Used to live on Tchoupitoulas

I done paid my dues, but still played the blues

N***a play me like you was scared to lose

I’m still a fool, you ain’t heard the news

Im with them No Limit n***a, makin’ major moves

I won’t stop now, b***h, I can’t stop

You can’t stop me, so b***h don’t try we

We TRU soldiers, we don’t die

We keep rollin, na-nah-nah-nah-nah.

Whoa. Whew. Im not sure if I heard Gipp ever spit like that; which he shouldnt because he has his own style. Almost like a wise OG, Gipps seen-it-all-before persona is apparent when he goes:

Now that Cobras got the boys on Delowe on they back

Gipp hollered at Miss Ann, she said they didn’t get trapped

Behind the black, behind green, behind the red tint

Dealers breaking off that blow up for those woodchips

A lot of faces ain’t around, a lot of folks got shot

Scatta Mack droppin’ G’s while that Cristal pop

Been on the grind with Cool Breeze, droppin’ pounds with B

Eric Neal is the coolest from my century.

In this contest, thats not enough to top Mystikal.

Mystikal – 2  Big Gipp – 1

Make Em Say Unhhh!!! – 7  Dirty South – 6.5

In hindsight, Make Em Say was the bigger hit while the Dirty South is more of a classic. Both made huge impacts when they were released, but head to head? Theres no stopping the No Limit Tank.


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Sabin Prentis is a husband, father, educator, native Detroiter, author, and creator of Literary Soul Food. More about Sabin and his books can be found at…

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