Think back to the 1990's. Hip-Hop was coming into its own as a cultural force and had more controversy attached to its name than anyone knew what to do with. Making a name for oneself was a hustle, too. This was long before the days of the Internet, when an artist could be a no name on Monday and hottest thing in the industry by Friday afternoon. With New York City often referred to as "the mecca," it makes perfect sense that some of the genre's iconic figures often ran into each other long before they became household names.
A few months ago, Busta Rhymes offered an in-depth account of his <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/10/video-busta-rhymes-recounts-battling-jay-z-in-high-school">lunchroom freestyle battle with Jay-Z</a> when they were both in high school.