Editors’ Notes When DJ Premier and RZA faced off on Timbaland and Swizz Beatz’s livestreamed Verzuz series, years’ worth of barbershop arguments and rap-nerd message board fantasies came to life. Both producers are indisputable GOATs who helped resurrect NYC rap in the ’90s after West Coast gangsta rap emerged as a chart-topping force. Decades later, the sounds they specialized in—dusty, chopped-up samples and heavy drums—are still thought of as the classic New York sound, often nicknamed boom bap. But despite the comparison, RZA and Premier took different career paths: The former had an unmatchable streak as the mastermind behind Wu-Tang Clan, producing and rapping on their entire run of early classics, from Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) to Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. Preemo forged his sound as one half of underground favorites Gang Starr before becoming the guy that NYC legends like JAY-Z, The Notorious B.I.G., and Nas turned to for their best album cuts. Needless to say, it made for a classic Verzuz battle. To really understand the two producers’ highly anticipated face-off, check out this Cheat Sheet playlist that dives into their classic catalogs, curated by Apple Music host Lowkey.

SONG
ALBUM
No More Mr. Nice Guy
3:19
 
Just To Get a Rep
2:42
 
Wu-Tang Clan Aint Nuthing ta F' Wit
3:36
 
Take It Personal
3:10
 
Dwyck (feat. Nice & Smooth)
4:03
 
Mass Appeal
3:41
 
You Know My Steez
4:07
 
6 Feet Deep
4:36
 
Here Comes the Heavster
4:53
 
Bring the Pain
3:09
 
Peer Pressure
4:15
 
I'll Be There for You / You're All I Need to Get By (feat. Mary J. Blige)
5:09
 
MC's Act Like They Don't Know
4:55
 
Release Yo' Delf
4:15
 
N.Y. State of Mind
4:54
 
Biscuits
2:49
 
Represent
4:12
 
4th Chamber (feat. RZA, Ghostface Killah & Killah Priest)
4:37
 
Come Clean (E New Y Radio)
4:57
 
Shimmy Shimmy Ya
2:41
 
Criminology (feat. Ghostface Killah)
3:47
 
Show & Prove
5:47
 
Incarcerated Scarfaces
4:42
 
Kick In the Door (2014 Remastered Version)
4:46
 
Guillotine (Swordz) [feat. Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck & GZA (Genius)]
4:22
 
Ten Crack Commandments (2014 Remastered Version)
3:24
 
Can It Be All So Simple / Intermission
6:53
 
Livin' Proof
4:14
 
Verbal Intercourse
3:31
 
3 Tha Hard Way
4:12
 
Ice Cream (feat. Ghostface Killah, Method Man & Cappadonna)
4:13
 
Wildflower
3:26
 
Intro: A Million and One Questions / Rhyme No More
3:21
 
All That I Got Is You
5:20
 
Dat Gangsta Shit
3:10
 
Buck 50 (feat. Cappadonna, Method Man & Redman)
4:02
 
Mathematics
4:06
 
Wu-Wear: The Garment Renaissance (feat. Method Man & Cappadonna)
3:52
 
Platinum Plus (feat. Big Daddy Kane)
3:37
 
Tragedy
3:48
 
B.E.P. Empire
4:40
 
3:36
 
The 6th Sense
5:18
 
Devil's Pie
5:21
 
Long Kiss Goodnight (2014 Remastered Version)
5:18
 
Recognise (feat. DMX & Lil' Kim)
4:13
 
Dark Fantasy
4:40
 
Boom (Street Version)
3:55
 
Run (feat. Jadakiss)
3:19
 
The Format (feat. Rell)
3:03
 
Triumph (feat. CappaDonna)
5:38
 
Everything I Am (feat. DJ Premier)
3:47
 
It's Yourz
4:16
 
Unorthodox
3:36
 
4:40
 
Sandra's Rose
3:36
 
1985 (Intro to "The Fall Off")
KOD
3:10
 
Shame on a N***a
2:57
 
So Ghetto
4:00
 
Intro - Hand It Down (feat. Memphis Bleek)
2:56
 
B.O.B.B.Y.
5:23
 
Animals (feat. Anderson .Paak)
3:47
 
Nas Is Like
3:57
 
Real Hip-Hop
4:07
 
Cold World (feat. Inspectah Deck)
5:30
 
Motherless Child
3:45
 
D'evils
3:32
 
Above the Clouds
3:41
 
4:17
 
Maria (feat. CappaDonna)
2:55
 
Wu-Gambinos (Hidden Chambers Remix)
5:39
 
The Enemy (feat. Fat Joe)
2:48
 
Friend or Foe
1:49
 

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