Ride Wit Me Nelly
Drake and Meek Mill aren't the only rappers to go head to head, here's some of the biggest beefs in the history of rap.
It's all started when Meek Mill tweeted (seemingly out of nowhere) that Drake doesn't write his own raps. Rather than get into a Twitter war, Drake eventually snapped back with two freestyles, 'Charged Up' and 'Back To Back' (on which, he calls Meek out for not having his own world tour, but being on his 'girl's tour'). Meek eventually got back to him on a track called 'Don't Wanna Know', but it was pretty unanimous that Drizzy won this one.
Joe Budden recently took shots at hip-hop’s latest power couple Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill on his podcast. He said Meek’s affectionate ways make him “sappy” and he needs to “man up”. Meek shot back with several tweets calling Joe an “Old hating noodle” and saying it’s a “funeral when [Joe] takes the mic.” Nicki weighed in called Joe “Jealous” before Meek realised he had an army on his side, tweeting “Barbz get em!"
The #KylieJennerChallenge has gone viral on social media with girls all around the world sharing photos impersonating Kylie's unusually large lips. But did Blac Chyna - the ex fiancé of Tyga, who is now reportedly dating Kylie, take aim at the reality TV star when she shared this picture on Instagram? A lot of her followers seem to think so!
This beef is really one sided - unsurprisingly, it was Banks who fired shots. Upon the announcement of the 2015 BET Awards nominations, which saw both Nicki and Azealia nominated for 'Best Female Hip Hop Artist,' the '212' singer took to Twitter to throw shade. "The female rap award goes to Nicki every year, it's not even a real award anymore lol it's a running joke," she said, continuing; "They should just nominate Nicki five times with five different wigs on and pick the best picture."
This all went down after Nicki Minaj called out Christina Milian for using "her" slogan Pretty On Fleek on a new t-shirt. Nicki famously uses the term in her song 'Feeling Myself' with Beyonce. She joked: "I was waitin on my percentage on the door." That prompted Christina to hit back: "“Hey boo. Been saying #OnFleek everything for a while now.. But I’m not afraid to share. Most biz these days on shirts and etc is based off new Pop Culture quotes." Where could this go next!?
It's all kicking off! After Amber Rose commented in an interview that Tyga "should be ashamed of himself" for dating 17-year-old Kylie Jenner because she's a "baby," Kylie's big sis Khloe took to Twitter to remind Amber that she was a stripper at age 15. "I'm happy u brought up the fact that I was a stripper at 15" Amber replied. "@khloekardashian I'll be that lil wh*re to support my family like ur older sister is a wh*re 2 support hers. We're even." Stay out Amber's way!
In a Vibe interview last year Tyga admitted he doesn't like Drake, calling him "fake," but things really escalated this week when Drake called out Tyga and his 17-year-old girlfriend Kylie Jenner on his new 'If You're Reading This It's Too Late' mixtape. He rapped; "Heard a lil homie talking reckless in Vibe/ Quite a platform you chose, you shoulda kept it inside/ Oh you tried, it’s so childish calling my name on the world stage/ You need to act your age and not your girl’s age."
No one makes the feud list as much as Iggy Azalea does (and she never seems to be the one to start it!). This time its Azealia Banks that's stirred trouble. Aiming her frustrating at the Mike Brown cause at Iggy; "its funny to see people Like Igloo Australia silent when these things happen... Black Culture is cool, but black issues sure aren't huh?" she tweeted, adding "And the media needs to STOP trying to move igloo in on what Nicki has established."
After Eminem rapped some controversial lyrics about Iggy in one of his recent songs, the Aussie rappers used Twitter to hit back. "im bored of the old men threatening young women as entertainment trend and much more interested in the young women getting $ trend" she wrote, adding, "its especially akward because my 14 year old brother is the biggest eminem fan and now the artist he admired says he wants to rape me."
Chris Brown and his girlfriend Karrueche have hit out at Tamar Braxton after she and her co-presenters said some nasty comments about them on a US TV show, commenting that Chris Brown was bad for Karrueche. Breezy must of been tuned in because he posted a ton of abuse on Instagram, writing to Tamar; "U take the role of the ugly sister. It’s always the people wit no career that talk all the s**t." Tamar responded with an apology, but said "I will not tolerate your disrespect."
Although they had no apparent beef Snoop Dogg randomly shared a Meme of woman that was captioned "Iggy Azalea with no make-up" on his Instagram account. Everyone was shocked, but none more so than Iggy herself, who tweeted Snoop directly saying: "Every time I've ever spoken to you you've always been nice as hell, I'm disappointed you'd be such an ass for no reason." Snoop is yet to respond, although he has deleted the photo.
Azaelia Banks and T.I started a social media battle after Azaelia took aim at T.I.'s wife Tiny, saying among many other NSFW things that she "can't read". In response, T.I. said she was "musty mouthed" and that “If you ever speak ill of my family again… I will end you." Strong words from both parties. Wonder where this one will end up.
Perhaps the saddest beef of all, Tupac and Notorious B.I.G began feuding after beginning their careers as firm friends. During the height of the feud, diss tracks passed back and forth from both stars on a regular basis. But things took a tragic turn when both rappers died in 1996 in murders that remain unsolved.
Jay Z and Nas' feud was sparked over a Memphis Bleek lyric in 2000's 'My Mind Right', causing the rapper to respond to both Bleek and Jay Z on future mixtape tracks. The feud escalated further when Jay Z called Nas "lame" on 2001's 'The Takeover', prompting Nas to take aim at Jay on 'Ether'. The beef continued in this wild manner until they ended it publicly at the 'I Declare War' concert in Philadelphia in 2005. They have remained friends ever since.
Nicki Minaj and Lil' Kim's feud came to fruition amid claims that the 'Pink Friday' star was merely copying Kim when she broke through in 2009. Despite acknowledging that Lil' Kim had been an influence on her career, the feud intensified when the pair exchanged diss tracks, with Nicki releasing 'Roman's Revenge' and Kim following it up with the song 'Black Friday'. This is one feud that remains unresolved.
It was front page news when Kanye and 50 Cent went head to head in 2007 in the build up to the release of their new studio projects. It was Kanye's 'Graduation' that came out on top - by a lonnnggg way - but 50 didn't stay true to his promise to retire if he lost.
As far as beefs that got physical are concerned, Lil' Kim's and Foxy's is right up there. After beginning as a war of words on record in the late 90s on Lil Kim's 'Lil Cease', things got really personal when shots were fired outside a New York radio station. The pair have never really resolved the issue, with Foxy siding with Nicki Minaj - who has had her own Kim beefs - in recent years.
This feud dates back to Kendrick's verse on Big Sean's 'Control', in which he called out several rappers, including Drake. While the Canadian rapper has remained quiet, Kendrick once again took aim at Drizzy in his cypher at the BET Hip-Hop Awards, in which he described Drake as a "sensitive rapper".
Following an alleged physical altercation, 50 decided to go heavy on Ja on a series of mixtape tracks, including the song 'Life On The Line', prompting Ja Rule to hit back on the song 'Blood In My Eye'. But unfortunately for him his insults failed to have the same impact and the feud went on to have a negative impact on his public perception within the industry.
This one was a beef all bout love - and, more specifically, Rihanna. Both former boyfriends of the Bajan star, Drake and Chris reportedly clashed in a New York nightclub. Both rappers have remained coy about the subject ever since, but an air of instability still lingers over this feud.
One time friends, 50 Cent and The Game began going head to head with each other after The Game said on his debut album 'The Documentary' that he did not want to be involved in G-Unit's feuds with other rappers. It prompted 50 to drop The Game from the Unit on live radio, sparking a flurry of diss tracks between both rappers. Things died down in 2006 but started up again five years later when 50 dropped the track 'Love, Hate, Love', in which he called out The Game.
Eminem took The Source magazine to town after Ray Benzino attacked Eminem on odd racial grounds in the publication, prompting Em to hit back immediately with two diss tracks - 'Nail In The Coffin' and 'The Sauce'. This is one beef where Eminem was the clear winner.
The in-fighting between Ice Cube and NWA centered over royalty payments, with Ice, who had written most of the group's genre-defining lyrics. he felt he wasn't getting his equal share of the cut and quit the group (pictured here with Laylaw). As a result, he was the recipient of some pretty strong diss tracks, but he wasn't one to sit back and not respond. Instead he called out the entire collective on the infamous 'No Vaseline'.