Our Favorite Lyrical Rap Beefs
Mama SAID knock you out, but the artists in X102.3 list of Top 10 Hip Hop Fights actually followed through. Highlighting the best...errr—well, knuckle sandwich smorgasbords in the hip hop world, the roster boasts names like Jay-Z, R. Kelly, Usher, and our personal favorites, Ne-Yo and Jim Jones (whose scuffle involved a Prada stiletto being held to Ne-Yo's neck!?).
But the whole list, while entertaining, had us wondering...why can't these guys just use their words instead of their fists? Seriously though, we all know they're rappers/lyricists so their bookshelves are obvs stacked with thesauri and dictionaries. Not to mention there are countless other rappers who have dealt with beef in their lyrics instead of on the streets, or a Louis Vuitton store for that matter. So, in the promotion of peace, here are three notorious lyrical beefs that the hip hoppers on X102.3's list can draw inspiration from for their next rage blackout:
1. Ice Cube vs. N.W.A
In 1990, Ice Cube left N.W.A. claiming that Eazy-E and N.W.A. manager, Jerry Heller, were cheating the members. After his departure, Dr. Dre spat this line in "100 Miles and Runnin'":
Started with five and yo, one couldn't take it / So now there's four 'cause the fifth couldn't make it / The number's even, now I'm leavin'
As a former member of the group, Cube knew how to hit N.W.A where it hurt, and he returned the favor in his song, "No Vaseline":
Lookin' like straight posas / I saw it comin', that's why I went solo / And kept on stompin' / When y'all motherf****as moved straight outta Compton
2. Jay-Z vs. Nas
Instead of being sparked by a specific event—this rivalry is pretty much based on ego. Hova and Nas got along just fine until the Notorious BIG died, which left the "best rapper alive" spot completely vacant. Jay-Z promptly released his single, "The City Is Mine"—an alleged claim to the King of Hip Hop throne. On his track, "We Will Survive", Nas responded with:
It used to be fun, makin' records to see your response / But, now competition is none, now that you're gone / And these n*ggaz is wrong—usin' your name in vain / And they claim to be New York's king? It ain't about that
In Jay-Z's "Takeover", he takes a direct jab at Nas (and actually uses his name!):
Youse the f** model for Karl Kani-Esco ads / Went from, Nasty Nas to Esco's trash / Had a spark when you started but now you're just garbage / Fell from top ten to not mentioned at all
*This beef has been squelched since 2006 and the two are now homies.
3. Lil' Kim vs. Nicki Minaj
Girls have the sharpest tongues, and Lil' Kim and Nicki Minaj are no exception. Ever since Nicki emerged on scene as one of the biggest females in hip hop, Lil' Kim has publicly accused Minaj of biting her fashion style. Nicki implicitly responded to the situation on her track with Eminem, "Roman's Revenge":
Nicki, she just mad 'cause you took the spot / Word, that b*tch mad 'cause I took the spot? / Well if you ain't sh*ttin', then get off the pot / Got some n*ggas out in Brooklyn that'll off your top
See the fact is what you doin', I did it / You lames tryna clone my style and run wit it / That's cool, I was the first one wit it / You's a Lil' Kim wannabe, you just hate to admit it
Dang girls! Let's hope these two don't run into each other at a Louis Vuitton store!
Give peace a chance and use your words, y'all. A hit song dissing your enemy is more painful than any punch.
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