Who got beef? The rap game is often rife with drama as MCs with immeasurable egos and unpredictable personalities go head-to-head. But has 2013 been even more confrontational than usual?
By the time 2013 ends, we might be thinking of this year in hip-hop the way historians think of World War I — a powder keg of emotion that has definitely exploded. Between Gucci Mane melting down during a hateful Twitter rant and Kendrick Lamar calling out all of his competition all at once, the rap world certainly hasn’t been boring this year.
Gucci Mane, Nicki Minaj & More Start Feuds On Twitter
In this day and age, there are two kinds of rap feuds — the ones that happen in the midst of a song and the ones that happen on Twitter. Let’s start with the best (and most unexplainable) Twitter battles of 2013.
You don’t need to look any further than Gucci Mane’s Twitterocalypse on Sept. 9 for the perfect example of this variety. The ice cream-tattooed rapper went off the deep end, and Nicki Minaj was his main target. “Me and waka f**k nikki minaj dats nothing. Tell. Her intervention my d**k in her throat I moved dat b**ch to atl. B**ch u was sleepin n d car. B**ch. I pulled dat n**** off wayne bus,” Gucci tweeted. Um, wow.
After Nicki fired back, saying she would never in a million years sleep with Gucci, he responded, “So nikki I didn’t have u in atl for 2 weeks room rate 60 a night?” The feud ended somewhat unceremoniously when Gucci deleted his Twitter account a day later.
Up-and-coming female rapper Azealia Banks has also fired out fighting words this year — at Rita Ora… over jelly sandals. After Rita tweeted about bringing back the ’90s sandal trend, Azealia was disgusted: “I did the jellies last year girl.” “Try again,” Azealia also wrote, before really going in hard, saying, “She’s mad she’s Rihanna’s understudy.” That is pretty
accurate hurtful, Azealia.
Finally, Chief Keef deserves a little credit for extending a hip-hop feud outside of the hip-hop world. Even though what he said was quite despicable. When Katy Perry (yes, Katy Perry) dissed him by saying she had “serious doubt for the world” after hearing one of his songs, he lashed out in response, tweeting, “Dat b**h Katy Perry Can Suck Skin Off Of my D**k,” and then “Ill Smack The S**t out her.” Katy wins this feud by default, because violently abusing a woman is always a loser.
Drake, Kendrick Lamar & More Fight The Traditional Way
This year has also had its fair share of rappers doing things the old-fashioned way too though — in a song, like Notorious B.I.G. and 2Pac used to do. Drake reignited his long-lasting beef with Chris Brown on his song “5AM in Toronto,” released on Mar. 7. “A couple albums dropped, those are still on the shelf/I bet them s**ts would have popped if I was willin’ to help,” Drizzy rapped referring to Chris’ mediocre album sales.
And how could we forget Ray J’s attempt to start a war with Kanye West? In his song, “I Hit It First,” Ray J let the world know that yes, he hit it first — it being Kim Kardashian. “I had her head going north and her ass going south/But now baby chose to go West,” Ray rapped, leaving no doubt who the song was about.
Kanye wasn’t really going to be bothered though, as a source close to rapper told HollywoodLife.com exclusively, “Kanye don’t condone broke ass, jealous [guys] who be trying to bite off he and Kim’s fame just to stay, wait, just to become relevant.”
But besides those two feuds, 2013’s rap music was pretty chummy until Kendrick Lamar came along in August. Let’s just see what he had to say to a large number of rappers in his verse on Big Sean’s “Control (HOF)”:
I’m usually homeboys with the same n****s i’m rhymin wit/But this is hip hop and them n****s should know what time it is/And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Wale, Pusha T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake, Big Sean, Jay Electron‘, Tyler, Mac Miller/I got love for you all but I’m tryna murder you n****s/Tryna make sure your core fans never heard of you n****s.
Now that, ladies and gentleman, is how a hip-hop feud is done. He even dissed Big Sean in Big Sean’s own song!
HollywoodLifers, what do you think has been the most shocking battle in hip-hop this year? Let us know!
— Andrew Gruttadaro
More Hip-Hop Feuds:
- Drake Disses Chris Brown In New Song — Listen
- Chief Keef Threatens To Assault Katy Perry On Twitter
- Ray J Releases ‘I Hit It First’ Video With Kim Kardashian Look-Alike