Hip-hop is a competitive sport. Rappers need to be better than the next MC as if it’s coded into their DNA. i.e. to be able to compete with each other more than the previous one, as in hip-hop.
Some of the greatest rap beefs were between KRS-One and MCs like Shan. Other beefs have spilled out of the studios and into real violence, but most of them stick to the music or a war of words. Sometimes the disses are over before fans know it.
Beefs within rap that ended quickly
Canibus vs Joe Budden and Royce 5’9″
Joe Budden made a light jibe at Canibus on Twitter in 2011. Canibus responded on “Lyrical Law vs Joey Cupcakes” and hinted at a possible feud between Slaughterhouse and HRSMN a.k.a. The Four Horsemen. Ras Kass left the group shortly after.
50 Cent. vs. T.I.
A mutual friend got 50 and Tip on the phone together and they settled the beef.
Drake vs. Common
Common has a song titled “Sweet” on his album The Dreamer, The Believer. In the lyrics on Rick Ross’s “Stay Scheming” in January of 2012, Drake laid into Common, questioning his toughness. The two crossed paths at the NBA All-Star Game in Orlando on February 12, 2012, and at the Grammys two weeks later.
City Girls vs. Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj and Florida rap duo City Girls had an issue in February of 2022. Nicki made it clear she would never team up with them because she knew they didn’t like her. JT tweeted that she wanted Cardi B to overtake Nicki’s spot in rap in the past, and Yung Miami said she was beefing with Nicki in a car freestyle video.
Drake vs Tyga
Tyga called Drake “fake” in a 2014 Vibe interview. Days later, Tyga dropped “Make It Work,” a song which is believed to subtly diss Drake without mentioning his name. Drake didn’t entertain the beef until February of 2015. The final track on Drake’s album, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, is “6 PM In New York” on which Drake gets everything off his chest. Tyga and Drake officially put any differences aside in 2016 thanks to a Kanye-orchestrated meeting.
J. Cole vs. Canibus
J. Cole has mentioned Canibus as a major influence throughout his career. Canibus felt disrespected because he thought Cole only showed love to his older music. In 2011, Canibus made a diss track called “J. Clone” that year. ’Bus then released one of the most disturbing YouTube clips by a rapper ever.
Joey Bada$$ vs. Lil B
Lil B and Joey Bada$$ got into a Twitter war in 2013 over Capital STEEZ’s song “Survival Tactics”. They eventually dropped diss records against each other (I’m the BasedGod, Don’t Quit Your Day Job and Don’t quit your job).
Lupe Fiasco vs. Chief Keef
Lupe Fiasco is scared of the culture promoted by young rappers like Chief Keef in Chicago. In 2012, Keef threatened to smack Lupe when he saw him. Lupe and Keef began to tweet each other. Later, Lupe told fans that he’s ready to call it quits on his own rap career.
Kanye West vs. Soulja Boy
Kanye did a Drink Champs interview and said the verse was subpar, which worsened the tension between the two rappers. Now, Soulja and Ye are back on good terms.
Kodak Black vs Pooh Shiesty
Pooh Shiesty is a fan of Kodak Black. Pooh called out Kodak on Instagram.