Photo: Djamilla Rosa Cochran / Getty Images
  /  11.15.2018

In hip hop, fans and critics often marvel at and put a premium on the supreme soloists or groups who can craft classic songs and bodies of work while remaining the central figure. However, the most electric moments in the culture occur when multiple emcees collaborate on a track, with the sole purpose of asserting themselves as the most lyrically gifted by delivering an epic rhyme spill that outclasses the others. Throughout the years, the songs—generally referred to as “posse cuts”—have become some of the most memorable in the genre’s history, with rap’s most legendary stars teaming up on wax and bringing the most rabid of rap fans’ fantasies to reality.

In celebration of these historic songs and what they mean to the culture, REVOLT TV presents ‘Tale of the Tape,’ a series that breaks down the greatest posse cuts of all time, and rank the verses from least impressive to most beloved.

In our latest installment of the series, we’ll be revisiting Capone-N-Noreaga’s 1996 single “L.A., L.A.,” which saw the newcomers teaming up with fellow Queen natives Mobb Deep and Tragedy Khadafi. Made as a response to Tha Dogg Pound‘s own 1995 single, “New York, New York”—which was accompanied by a music video many saw as disrespectful towards the East Coast—”L.A., L.A. (Kuwait Mix)” didn’t target Tha Dogg Pound or the West Coast directly, but was considered a rallying cry on New York City’s behalf. Produced by legendary producer Marley Marl, the song was strictly a Queens affair, helping put Capone-N-Noreaga on the national stage, revive Tragedy Khadafi’s career, and further establish Mobb Deep as the premier rap duo on the East Coast. Twenty years later, it is remained as one of the greatest posse cuts of its era and a pivotal piece of hip hop history.

Without further adieu, check out our ranking of the verses on “L.A., L.A. (Kuwait Mix).”

4 | Havoc

The Mobb Deep member adds another grisly verse to his grab bag of stanzas with his showing on this cut, repping for his Queensbrdige crimies over Marley’s bone-chilling backdrop. Rhyming second on the track, Havoc reels off couplets promoting loyalty and crew love, but not without the occasional idle threat, making this guest spot a memorable one.

Standout Lyrics “4-4 likes to pour one to the dome, lubricate your thoughts / Black mask stole a ride to avoid up north / Jeopardize my freedom, blink out when I see him / But nine out of ten niggas wouldn’t wanna be him / Rob him for his cash and spend it like per diem / Per diem, per diem, per diem.”

3 | Noreaga

Noreaga is the first lyricist to step up to the mic on the track and the C-N-N member doesn’t falter under the pressure, dropping a quick-strike verse that captures God’s Favorite in a militant vibe. Announcing himself as Louis Gotcha, the Lefrak native makes the most of his airtime, setting the tone for his QB compatriots with a performance that further stamped him as a breakout star in waiting.

Standout Lyrics: “Jose Luis Gotcha, golden guns and tons / General, Emanual, Iraq emerald / Government out to get me, trying to stick me / Move quickly, yo the God study swiftly.”

2 | Capone

Multiple stints in prison may have robbed Capone of the prime years of his career, but the QB hard-rock made his presence felt on a number of classic rap anthems, one of the more notable being this appearance. Mixing moments of introspect with capitalistic thoughts, Capone’s ambitions of wealth are tempered by paranoia of incarceration, resulting in a thought provoking rhyme spill that rates among his most vicious.

Standout Lyrics: “I’m in too deep, losing sleep I can’t call it / In love with this drug shit, loyal and all for it / What’s a nigga to do, with no cash, and twenty-two? / Take it, or find out the best way to make it fast / My man’s raking cash, fuck being lieutenant/I’m in it to win it so it might just take a minute.”

1 | Tragedy Khadafi

First making waves during the 1980s as the youngest member of The Juice Crew, by the mid-90s, Tragedy Khadafi had become an elder statesman in his right. In addition to helping steer the careers of Capone-N-Noreaga—whom he helped earn a record deal with Penalty Records—Tragedy remained a formidable lyricist, with a skill set superior to many of his peers. A prime example of Tragedy’s prowess behind the mic is captured on this song, on which he conjures visions of Armageddon while challenging halfway crooks and studio thugs. Anchoring the track with an extended stanza that trounces those of his costars, Tragedy drops the most renowned verse of his career while clapping back at his counterparts on the west, making his performance the crux of the posse cut’s greatness.

Standout Lyrics: “Been on this planet for 25 years and still strong / The world’s rotten like the veins in my father’s arm / I remain calm, study Islam, read the Torah / World going in flames like Sodom and Gomorrah / Niggas dried up, laying in the box from the virus / Commercial thugs try to bust gats at the livest / This life of crime only will shine real survivors / Y’all half-way niggas, I advise you not to try this.”

Revisit “L.A., L.A. (Kuwait Mix)” below.

More by Preezy Brown:



View More



View More


Quincy Brown and Romeo Miller bring a little brotherly love to the latest episode of “Receipts”

The acting duo exchanges comedic jabs en route to revealing Tyler Clark’s hidden talent.

  /  09.12.2023

Tiffany Haddish on therapy, wild fan interactions & the upcoming 'Haunted Mansion' movie | 'The Jason Lee Show'

On this all-new episode of “The Jason Lee Show,” the one and only Tiffany Haddish sits for a must-watch conversation about wild interactions with fans, her new movie ‘Haunted Mansion,’ bringing her therapist on dates, and being present. Watch the hilarious interview here.

  /  07.12.2023

Jordyn Woods talks prioritizing authenticity, her brand & saying, "No" | 'Assets Over Liabilities'

On this episode of “Assets Over Liabilities,” Jordyn Woods welcomes hosts Rashad Bilal and Troy Millings to her headquarters to discuss expanding Woods by Jordyn, prioritizing authenticity throughout her brand promotions, not talking about money with friends, being patient, and saying, “No.” Watch here!

  /  08.09.2023

Pheelz talks expressing himself through music & his biggest inspirations | 'On In 5'

On this all-new episode of “On In 5,” multitalented Nigerian artist Pheelz opens up about waiting for his opportunity to fully express himself through music, his inspirations and emotions, and the musical icons he grew up admiring. Watch!

  /  07.11.2023

How Angela Yee found more to her life's purpose beyond the microphone

Check out six insightful gems that Angela Yee dropped on “The Blackprint with Detavio Samuels.”

  /  09.13.2023

BNXN talks leaving IT for music, linking with Wizkid, going viral & new album | 'On In 5'

For this all-new episode of “On In 5,” singer-songwriter BNXN discusses his journey from IT to music, finding his voice and originality, linking up with Wizkid for their hits “Mood” and “Many Ways,” and what fans can expect from him this year — including a new album. Watch the full episode here!

  /  08.08.2023

Kareem Cook talks growing up in The Bronx, studying at Duke & networking | 'The Blackprint with Detavio Samuels'

On this all-new episode of “The Blackprint with Detavio Samuels,” the host and REVOLT CEO sits down with Kareem Cook. Throughout the introspective episode, Cook talks growing up in The Bronx, studying at Duke and being nervous to be in the South at the time, network vs. education, taking advantage of your opportunities, and connecting with Debbie Allen. Watch!

  /  07.10.2023

Angela Yee talks "The Breakfast Club," growing up in Brooklyn & interning for Wu-Tang Clan | ‘The Blackprint with Detavio Samuels’

On this all-new episode of “The Blackprint,” host and REVOLT CEO Detavio Samuels welcomes Angela Yee to discuss growing up in Brooklyn, interning for Wu-Tang Clan, “The Breakfast Club,” and curating her own show. Presented by LIFEWTR.

  /  09.12.2023

7 Atlanta residents reveal what they’re most excited about for the first-ever REVOLT WORLD

“I love music and media and thoroughly enjoy observing panels,” one person said. “Also…I love to see our artists performing, so I’ll definitely be in attendance to see Babyface Ray perform!”

  /  09.05.2023

Yo-Yo is happy hip hop's trailblazers are being recognized & loves how fearless today's female lyricists are

Ahead of hip hop’s 50th birthday, Yo-Yo opened up about her outstanding career and the women who are holding down the fort today. “I think this generation is more fearless, they take less s**t, they say what they want, and they get it,” Yo-Yo stated in this exclusive interview. Read up!

  /  08.07.2023

Scotty ATL is achieving longevity with grillz by staying ahead of the curve

“I built my own lane… I’m just educating myself on a daily basis,” he told REVOLT in this exclusive interview for Black Business Month. Read up!

  /  08.16.2023

Happy 50th birthday, hip hop! A letter celebrating and thanking you on your big day

Happy 50th anniversary, hip hop. You’re on a tier where no tears should ever fall. My hope is that the millions of us forever enriched by your glory of the past 50 years continue to endure and inspire in your name over the next 50. 

  /  08.11.2023

Web3 | Ice Cube's BIG3 league is centering innovative ownership opportunities within sports

“Ownership holds a lot of weight. It’s about reaping the rewards of your hard work, having a say in how things roll,” Ice Cube tells REVOLT in this “Web3” exclusive about giving fans a piece of the BIG3 pie.

  /  08.18.2023

Breakdancing, an oft-ignored pillar of hip hop, is taking its rightful place in the spotlight

In celebration of hip hop’s 50th birthday, we discuss the history of breaking, the art form serving as a voice for the marginalized and it being added to the 2024 Olympics. Read up!

  /  08.10.2023

Doechii pays homage to hip hop icons and talks pushing the boundaries of music genres

Ahead of hip hop’s 50th birthday, Doechii sat with REVOLT for an exclusive interview and talked about her upcoming tour with Doja Cat, love for Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj, some of her favorite rap albums and much more. Read up!

  /  08.04.2023

Pride was the theme of the night at the inaugural Caribbean Music Awards

“This marks an important historic moment,” Wyclef Jean exclusively told REVOLT. “The Caribbean Music Awards created a bridge to unify all Caribbean artists and show the world that [we] are strong in numbers, as well as leaders of the culture.”

  /  09.05.2023

Flau'jae is winning on and off the court with zero plans of slowing down

“I still feel like I haven’t scratched the surface of my capabilities… I just want to be the best version of myself,” she acknowledged in this exclusive interview for REVOLT. Read up!

  /  08.22.2023

Jaylen Brown: Hip hop has been an essential part of my growth as an athlete

Ahead of hip hop’s 50th birthday, REVOLT sat down with NBA star Jaylen Brown to discuss his career, the South’s impact on rap, the importance of Black media outlets and so much more. Read up!

  /  08.02.2023

Kickin' Facts with Legendary Lade | Clarks Originals x MAYDE WORLDWIDE Wallabee “Pacific Blue”

LA native and designer Aleali May teams up with Clarks Originals for a new collaboration.

  /  08.21.2023

Web3 | Willow Smith's groundbreaking honor as the first-ever RIAA NFT plaque recipient

This groundbreaking chapter in Willow Smith’s journey signifies innovation at the intersection of Web3 and the music industry. Read up!

  /  09.01.2023
View More
Revolt - New Episodes