Biter" is MC Shan's classic cut (never before reissued) where he accuses LL Cool J of stealing his beat
for "Rock The Bells". He calls out LL at the top of the cut, but even if it wasn't clear who he's talking about, Marley Marl cuts in a sample of Foghorn Leghorn saying "I think we know who that somebody is..." The beat
s are, of course, similar to LL's "Rock The Bells", the verses are some of the best mid-80's battle rhymes, and the extended version has some nice scratching by Marly Marl. And then there's the b-side... If you appreciate BDP's "South Bronx", you've gotta hear this one. If ya don't know... MC Shan recorded "The Bridge", saying hip hop started in Queensbridge, Queens. BDP replied with "South Bronx", setting the record straight (as we see it). "South Bronx" uses the same beat
and replies to "The Bridge" almost line for line. MC Shan then replied with "Kill That Noise" – followed by the final word from BDP with "The Bridge Is Over". Shan's first single was "Feed The World" on MCA (which explains KRS's line "You got dropped off MCA, cuz the rhymes you wrote was wack" on "South Bronx"). We won't even begin with the other entries in the Queens/
Bronx battle like MC Poet's "Beat
You Down", which was directed at KRS. (MC Poet later became a member of Screwball.) And you thought the Jay Z/
etc. battles went on too long! All the hip hop history contained on these tracks and all that trivia aside, the record is still up there as one of our favorites from the class of '85.