Hiero vs. Hobo Battle (KMEL, 1994)

First of all, great minds think alike. The folks at Cocaine Blunts had the same idea I had – spurred on by Casual’s recent comments to Okayplayer (see reprint here), they posted up the first 12 minutes of the infamous Hiero vs. Hobo battle, held on KMEL’s Wake-Up Show back in 1994.

Since they took care of the beginning of the battle, I’m filling in blanks from the latter half. Cocaine Blunts had it right: this battle descended into tedious rhymes and for all the energy that the MCs display, their actual rhymes are rather snoozy. I pulled out some of the more interesting moments (which doesn’t = good, just interesting).

We start with one of Saafir‘s best moments, who comes back and lays waste to Tajai. Of course, Tajai does himself in and on the next clip, we hear just how incredibly wack he was that evening. I mean, I really liked the Souls of Mischief back in that era, but his verses during this battle, with the possible exception of the first one, are embarassingly terrible.

The Hieros get back some lost honor when Opio jumps on for his only verse, but it’s a memorable one as he lays into Saafir. The last two clips comprise the final exchange between Saafir and Casual. It’s actually one of the better skirmishes they share, buried towards the end of the affair.