Rapper beefs over the years


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Jay Z performs with Nas onstage during day 2 of the 2014 Coachella Valley Music Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 12, 2014 in Indio, California.

Jay Z vs Nas

Jay Z and Nas are both two of the best rappers of all time. Today, they’re great friends, collaborating together sporadically. 15 years ago however, they had one of the biggest and most hyped rap beefs of all time.

The beef started when Jay Z released his song “Takeover,” adding a little quip at the end aimed at Nas.

Nas responded with “Ether,” released on Jay Z’s birthday. Nas unleashes his skill on Jay Z, delivering one of the best diss tracks ever made. Nas goes all out on Jay Z on the track, from dissing Jay Z’s features, to his alleged affair with Foxy Brown, to claiming that he tries to replicate Biggie’s flow.

The “official” end of the beef was in Jay Z’s response, “Supa Ugly.” Jay Z fires back, criticizing Nas for being a fake thug, then continuing to claim that he had an affair with the mother of Nas’ daughter.

Although the diss tracks ended, the dispute was referenced by both Jay Z and Nas in “Blueprint 2” and “Last Real N**** Alive,” respectively.

In 2005, Jay Z took part in a comeback concert named “I Declare War,” inviting rappers to make peace, Nas being one of them. Since then, they have collaborated together a few times, with Jay Z’s “BBC” being the most recent song.

Wiz Khalifa vs Kanye West

“Oh [they] must think I’m not petty cause I’m the best that’s ever made music.”

This was Kanye’s response to a tweet of Wiz Khalifa saying “Hit this kk and become yourself.” Kanye thought that “kk” was referring to his wife Kim Kardashian, while Khalifa was actually referring to a strain of weed.

Khalifa also implied that Kanye should not name his upcoming but now released album Waves because he thinks that “Max B. is the wavy one. He created the wave. There is no wave without him.”

Outraged by this comment and a misinterpretation of the first, Kanye dished out a series of tweets where he made a total of 17 points toward Khalifa. Kanye called Khalifa’s music corny and stolen from Kid Cudi.

However, things took an awkward turn when Kanye complimented Khalifa, saying “I went through your Twitter and you were wearing cool pants.” Kanye went on to insult Khalifa’s ex-wife, who also happens to be Kanye’s ex-girlfriend. She later fired a shot at Kanye as well.

In the end, Kanye’s album name was named The Life of Pablo. He also later deleted the tweets aimed at Wiz Khalifa (which totalled to over 20) and claimed that he was trying to focus on positivity.

N.W.A. vs Ice Cube

One of the most groundbreaking hip-hop groups of their heyday, N.W.A, broke up due to issues within the rap band.

After their success following their critically acclaimed project, Straight Outta Compton, and singles “Straight Outta Compton,” “Express Yourself” and “Boyz-n-the-Hood,” rapper/songwriter Ice Cube left N.W.A. because he felt as if he wasn’t receiving enough royalties for his contributions.

But the beef didn’t end there. On N.W.A.’s follow-up EP, 100 Miles and Runnin’, group member Dr. Dre disses Ice Cube, rapping, “We started out with too much cargo/So I’m glad got rid of Benedict Arnold.”

These lyrics resulted in Ice Cube retaliating on his solo track, “No Vaseline.” Ice Cube came up with an array of punchlines to insult his former colleagues, including referring to MC Ren as Kunta Kinte and accusing the rap group of performing in homosexual activities.

Although both sides violently attacked each other through song, the feud eventually died down and Ice Cube would eventually go on to create more songs with Dr. Dre.

Drake vs Meek Mill

Like most rap beef nowadays, it all started from a tweet. On July 21, Meek went to Twitter to call out Drake. He said the reason why Drake wasn’t promoting his new album was because him and his team found out Drake doesn’t write his own raps.

Four days later, Drake took on his radio show, OVO Sound, and released a song attacking Meek, “Charged Up”. and releasing another diss track, “Back to Back,” four days later. The track took over the internet, Drake asking whether who wears the pants in his relationship with Nicki Minaj.

Months later, Drake dropped a track on his OVO sound radio station, “Summer Sixteen.” Of course, he targets Meek several times in the song, saying Meek messed up big time and he’s not done coming for him.

It also turned out, the night Drake released “Back to Back”, Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj had a show in Toronto. Drake checked in the same hotel they were staying at, booked a room directly above Meek and Nicki’s room and played the track all night. In Meek’s “War Pain”, a song from his new EP, he says he was fine with it. “Mood: I’m still up counting $500,000 cash, Nicki in the bedroom asleep. Life is good,” he says.