Bone Thugs-N-Harmony & Three 6 Mafia will go head-to-head in a Verzuz matchup on Dec. 2, live from L.A.
There was tension in the early 90s from the two legendary acts. The style of music was very similar: dark production, the triplet flow, and aura of the music. Despite the similarities, what many folks would consider beef, DJ Paul clarified it to be a “misunderstanding”
It wasn’t a real beef,” DJ Paul said to HipHopDX in 2015. “It was more of a misunderstanding because we was rapping about triple six, devil shit, and tongue twisting over slow beats. We had been doing that since 1989 and then all of a sudden when Bone came out—I think it was 1993… We didn’t know the Faces Of Death album because it was their underground stuff. Just like they probably didn’t know our underground stuff. When they came out with “Thuggish Ruggish Bone” and all of that stuff and we hear somebody kind of on our same style: Faces Of Death, redrum, muder, 6-6-6, tongue-twisting. We were like, ‘Damn these dudes done stole our style!’ [Laughs] That’s why we got mad about it. We ran into each other a couple of times and there was a push or something. But there was never no fight or nothing like that.”
The groups would go on to squash their beef in the ladder portion of the 90s — putting out features together and later, they discussed tours together. This battle was scheduled to occur sooner, but, Swizz Beatz and Timbaland had other plans.
Yeah, well, I was talking to ‘em and they kept telling me they was gonna do it, man,” DJ Paul told HNHH. Then, they just ended up changin’ they mind. It’s like, I don’t know why they came in just to stop our thing and then didn’t wanna do it. But whatever, I still got love for Swizz and Timbaland. Love you guys to death.
The Dec. 2nd battle shall be one for the books.