Hit Em Up left it’s mark on the industry. Years later the Tupac and Outlawz classic is still up for debate as the greatest diss song of all time.
The rare Hit Em Up demo version features Tupac, Kadafi and E.D.I Mean. Their vocals are loud, clear and if it was even possible, more angrier. Tupac’s angry and passion throughout his verses and his infamous verbal release at the end of the song is a must listen.
[bctt tweet=”First off, f*** yo’ b**** and the clique you claim
Westside when we ride, come equipped with game
You claim to be a player, but I f*** your wife
We bust on Bad Boys, n***** f***** for life
– Tupac Hit Em Up”]
Hit Em Up released as a b-side to the How Do U Want It single, was released on June 4, 1996. Recorded at Cam Am Studios in Los Angeles and produced by Johnny “J”.
Storm and Prince Ital Joe were originally on the first take of Tupac’s Hit Em Up song. In the original version of Hit Em Up, Tupac kicks off the song by saying, “Hell yeah Ima do this f**king track, and they know exactly who I’m talking about.”
Tupac’s first verse of Hit Em Up is also different than the released version. Followed by Napoleon, E.D.I Mean, Hussein Fatal, Kadafi and Storm. Prince Ital Joe closes out the song.
Which is the best Hip Hop diss song of all time?
Since it’s release many have debated whether or not Hit Em up is the greatest song of all time. The argument can be made for a few diss songs. Such as Ice Cube’s “No Vaseline” and Nas “Ether”.
Eminem at the end of 2018 via Shade 45, shared his ’12 Days of Diss-Mas list’. Listing in his opinion the top 12 off diss songs of all time. Hit Em Up according to Eminem would top the list at number one.
1. “Hit ‘Em Up” Tupac, Outlawz
2. “Diss Fe Liar” Yz
3. “Real Motherfuckin’ G’s” Eazy-E
4. “The Bitch In You” Common
5. “Fuck Compton” Tim Dog
6. “Dre Day” Dr. Dre
7. “No Vaseline” Ice Cube
8. “Fuck The Police” N.W.A
9. “Jack The Ripper” LL Cool J
10. “10 Percent Dis” MC Lyte
11. “Roxanne’s Revenge” Roxanne Shante
12: “The Bridge Is Over” Boogie Down Productions
Ice Cube Thoughts On Hit Em Up
Ice Cube who has contributed to the classic Hip Hop diss songs of all time, has also voice his thoughts about Hit Em Up. Cube previously sat down with music media site Genius and spoke about the best diss songs in Hip Hop.
“Some of my favorites is the original ‘Rock The Bells,’ ‘Let’s Go’ with LL and Kool Moe Dee. ‘Let’s Go’ is crazy, too. ‘Jack The Ripper,’ great record. Then you got disses like Nas and Jay, that’s just crazy. Tupac, Biggie going back at it. ‘Hit Em Up’ was crazy,” said Ice Cube.
Host Rob Markman touches on Tupac and The Outlawz diss track ‘Hit em Up’ labeling it as a game changer in the world of hip-hop. But Ice Cube thought ‘Pac went too hard saying, “I think he went too far. If I’m mad at you trust me I could think of five verses for just you. I don’t have to go at your family, your kids, your whole life. It’s one on one mano a mano in a way”