The Bridge

MC Shan

About The Bridge

"The Bridge Is Over" is a 1987 song by Boogie Down Productions from their debut album Criminal Minded, performed by rapper KRS-One and produced by DJ Scott LaRock and KRS-One. The song's intro samples "The Bridge" by MC Shan.

Ladies and Gentleman
We got MC Shan and Marley Marl in the house tonight
They just came from off tour and they want to tell you a little story
about where they come from

MC Shan

MC Shan (born as Shawn Moltke September 9, 1965) is an American rapper from Queens, NYC. He is perhaps best known for collaborating with Snow in "Informer", an international number one hit single. more »

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Artists Behind the Song
"The Bridge" is a 1986 song by American rapper MC Shan. However, KRS-One, another legendary American rapper, featured the song, or rather a counter track, in a dispute which led to the historic feud popularly known as "The Bridge Wars."
Bridge Wars
The song "The Bridge" sparked a huge controversy in the Hip Hop world which later became known as The Bridge Wars. KRS-One and his crew, Boogie Down Productions, responded to the track with a diss track “South Bronx.” The feud was about who really started hip hop - the Bronx or Queensbridge.
The Bridge Lyrics
In MC Shan's song, he tells the tale of the Queensbridge housing projects in Queens, New York where he was from. The lyrics of the song have been interpreted as suggesting that Hip Hop originated in Queensbridge, causing a confrontation with the Bronx artists who claimed that Hip Hop started in the Bronx.
Confusion around the Purpose
MC Shan, in his later disclosures, clarified that "The Bridge" was never really intended to suggest that Queensbridge was the birthplace of Hip Hop, whereas KRS-One and his crew mistook it that way, leading to their retaliation.
Impact on the Hip Hop scene
Such competitive dissing through songs got very popular during this "Bridge Wars" period. It created a new way in Hip Hop scene, encouraging MCs to show their supremacy through lyrics and rhymes. Thus, "The Bridge" by MC Shan and its counterresponse by KRS-One had a significant impact on how rap battles evolved.
KRS-One’s Perspective
Interestingly, KRS-One later performed the lyrics to "The Bridge" during his performances, symbolizing the importance of the song in Hip Hop history, despite the feud associated with it. He clarified that his problem was not with the song but with the ideology it represented.
"The Bridge" due to its controversy and huge impact, is now considered a classic in Hip Hop music. This song and the resulting feud contributed to the elevation of Hip Hop from a regional to a national music form.

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