I first heard this King Sun diss record late one Thursday night—or was it Friday morning?—on the Stretch and Bob KCR show. This was in the spring of 1996. It's my favorite of the East Coast-West Coast diss records that came out around that time. Man, I remember walking into Fat Beats the day Tupac died and the store DJ was spinning it. Cold, but memorable.
Anyhow, I found my tape of that show recently, digitized it and hooked it up for your listening pleasure.
From the T.R.O.Y. blog, here's King Sun from his Myspace page talking about the diss:
“Ok, I was the first to respond with a dis record towards Tupac when he first dissed Tribe Called Quest at the Source Awards in ’94. Since Tupac appeared on “California” wit Dre, I felt the need to respond wit “Califony” and derived the hook from the Die Hard movie when Bruce Willis was a cop from NY and had beef in Cali. Every time he killed an adversary his reply was “Yippie Kay Ya Mother Fucker.”
The beat was produced by DJ Mark the 45 King and was cut up by Funk Master Flex in D&D Studios in Midtown Manhattan. Shout outs to Doug and Dave. I then allowed Doo Wop to put the song on his mixtape to generate a buzz. Tupac and I discussed the dis song after having Ice-T play it for Pac. We laughed together over the phone and Pac new it was nothing personal, but I had to rep NY to the fullest. Shout outs to Ice-T, who’s like my older cousin from the Left Coast who has always held me down.
[Picture Via: Plant Music]