Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA made an appearance at a press conference in the city yesterday, alongside Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz, to announce the 2012 Northside music festival lineup. He and onlookers got an unexpected show when Markowitz broke out in freestyle, giving his own interpretation of GZA’s “Liquid Swords.” When Queens borough president Scott Stringer saw the video, he decided to strike back with his own rap. DNAinfo reports on the story:

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Borough presidents Marty Markowitz and Scott Stringer put their long-standing rivalry to rhyme Monday, dueling it out in arguably the worst rap battle of the century.

The showdown began when Markowitz, representing Brooklyn, slapped down his “take” of a verse from GZA’s “Liquid Swords” at a press conference with the Wu-Tang Clan member announcing the lineup of the 2012 Northside music festival.

“Through cyclones or typhoons, I represent Brooklyn from midnight to high noon. I don’t waste ink, I think, I drop ‘fuggedaboutits’ faster than you blink,” declared the pol, according to video of the showdown.

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