"The Bridge" by MC Shan and Marley Marl (VIDEO)
Listen to "The Bridge" by MC Shan and Marley Marl, No. 53 on our list of the 100 best NYC songs.
Wed Mar 7 2012
53. MC Shan and Marley Marl, "The Bridge" (1986)
When MC Shan told the story of "how it all got started way back when," the Queensbridge rapper fired the opening salvo in what's known in hip-hop lore as the "Bridge Wars." After Boogie Down Productions leader KRS-One misinterpreted the song's sentiment as an affront to the Bronx's hip-hop sovereignty, a years-long volley of battle raps between BDP and Shan's Juice Crew followed. But no dis track could subdue the raw power of Shan's distorted delivery and Marley Marl's monstrous beat.