Hip-hop is a competitive sport. Rappers must be better than the next MC like it’s in their DNA. i.e. It is important that they compete more with each other than they did in the past.
KRS-One and MCs like Shan engaged in some of the greatest rap beef. However, most of them stick to the music or a war of words rather than erupt into violence outside of the studios. The disses can be over before fans realize it.
Beef within rap that ended quickly
Canibus vs Joe Budden and Royce 5’9″
In 2011, Joe Budden poked fun at Canibus on Twitter. Canibus responded on “Lyrical Law vs Joey Cupcakes” and hinted at a possible feud between Slaughterhouse and HRSMN a.k.a The Four Horsemen. Shortly thereafter, Ras Kass left the group.
50 Cent. vs. T.I.
Fiff and Tip settled their beef over the phone through a mutual friend.
Drake vs. Common
On his album The Dreamer, The Believer, Common has a song called “Sweet.”. Drake questioned Common’s toughness in the lyrics of Rick Ross’s “Stay Scheming” in January 2012. At the NBA All-Star Game in Orlando on February 12, 2012, and at the Grammys two weeks later, the two crossed paths.
City Girls vs. Nicki Minaj
City Girls and Nicki Minaj had an issue in February 2022. Because she knew they didn’t like her, Nicki made it clear she would never join forces with them. In a car freestyle video, Yung Miami said she was beefing with Nicki in the past, and JT wanted Cardi B to overtake Nicki’s spot in rap.
Drake vs Tyga
Drake was called “fake” by Tyga in a 2014 interview with Vibe. A few days later, Tyga dropped “Make It Work,” a song that appears to subtly diss Drake. After February 2015, Drake did not entertain the beef. “6 PM In New York” is the final track on Drake’s album, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. Kanye orchestrated a meeting between Tyga and Drake in 2016 to put any differences aside.
J. Cole vs. Canibus
Over the course of his career, J Cole has mentioned Canibus as a major influence. Due to Canibus’ belief that Cole only loved his older music, he felt disrespected. A diss track called “J Clone” was released by Canibus in 2011. A disturbing YouTube clip was then released by ‘Bus.
Joey Bada$$ vs. Lil B
A Twitter war broke out between Lil B and Joey Bada$$ over Capital STEEZ’s “Survival Tactics”. Eventually, they 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
The Chicago culture promoted by young rappers like Chief Keef scares Lupe Fiasco. Keef threatened to smack Lupe when he saw him in 2012. Tweets began to exchange between Lupe and Keef. Several months later, Lupe told fans he was done rapping.
Kanye West vs. Soulja Boy
In an interview with Drink Champs, Kanye called the verse subpar, which worsened the tension between them.
Kodak Black vs Pooh Shiesty
Pooh Shiesty is a fan of Kodak Black. Pooh called out Kodak on Instagram.