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5 unforgettable rap beefs we will never forget

Cora Taft
Posted by Cora Taft on May 31


“What’s beef?” In the world of hip-hop there is always a feud brewing between two hottest artists out at that time. Here are 5 unforgettable hip-hop beefs :


  1.       Foxy Brown Vs. Lil Kim

Let’s start with the ladies, Foxy Brown and Lil Kim popped out on the scene in the 90’s when most female rappers were positive and uplifting women. Lil Kim was under Notorious B.I.G and Foxy Brown was under Jay-Z and they both had very sexual lyrics. It is said that Lil Kim wanted to mentor Foxy Brown in the rap game but she denied it.


  1.       50 Cent Vs Ja Rule

In the early 2000’s you were either a Murder Inc. fan or a G-Unit fan. 50 Cent and Ja Rule had bad blood from the beginning after an alleged robbery took place. Ja Rule was the top selling rapper at that time and 50 Cent took Rule’s shine with “In The Club”. 50 Cent is the king of petty and is still throwing shoots at Ja Rule from time to time.


  1.       Jay-Z vs Nas

The rivalry between the two rappers started back in Queens and Brooklyn also known as the Borough beef. After the death of Biggie, the title for King of NY was up for grabs and they were both on the journey to claim the throne. Jay-Z was the man at the time and no one was really checking for Nas. Jay dropped “Takeover” where he dissed Nas by saying “Had a spark when you started but now you're just garbage/Fell from "top 10" to "not mentioned at all.” Later in 2001, Nas then followed up with “Ether” which first line was “F--- Jay-Z.” During that time, it was either you banged “Ether” or “Takeover” there wasn’t an in between. The two have since then squashed their beef but it is still being talked about in a barbershop near you.


  1.       Tupac Vs Notorious B.I.G

The East coast/ West coast beef started in 1991. Tupac and Biggie killed the rap game in the 90’s but they couldn’t seem to be on the same page after Pac was shot outside of a recording studio. Biggie dropped “Who Shot Ya” soon after the incident (even though it was recorded before) then Tupac’s “Hit Em Up” shook the radio waves. Sadly, the beef ended in both rappers being murdered.


  1.       Drake Vs Meek Mill

Who knew not tweeting an album link could cause beef? Drake and Meek Mill beef started when Meek tweeted out that Drake doesn’t write his songs and that’s the reason why he didn’t tweet out the link for Meek’s album.  As a response, Drake released “Charged Up” and when Meek didn’t reply, he released “Back to Back”, which was nominated for a Grammy. In this feud, social media played a big role because music and memes circulated around the net effortlessly.

Cora Taft

Written by Cora Taft

Topics: Hip Hop culture

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