SOHH Whatcha Think: Do Rap Beefs Ever Truly End? [Click Here & Speak]
Thursday, Jun 30, 2011 10:45AM
Rap disses - real or manufactured - can cut deep. Whether you're a young spitter trying to gain shine by slugging a more popular artist or an emcee past his prime that wakes up daily to a radio-friendly sneak attack, this battle sh*t can get very real very fast -- expect a few scars.
Recently, two of Tupac's old diss records have resurfaced online. On the tracks, Pac goes at several artists including Nas, De La Soul and Dr. Dre. Granted Tupac is no longer alive and these tracks are nearly 15 years old, but one has to wonder if old wounds reopen when songs like this come to light.
Wonder what Dre's thinking now.
In other words, do rap beefs ever truly end?
Check it out as I highlight a few rap beefs that never felt finished: the good, the bad, and the about-to-get ugly. Then, I'll let you tell it.
Jay-Z vs. Nas: Arguably one of the greatest beefs in hip-hop over the past decade. Two respected giants going at it on wax. They would later reconcile and even record music together, but I'm willing to bet Jay's soul still burns slow whenever he hears "Ether".
50 Cent vs. Ja Rule: Although both of their careers are not what they once were, Fiddy and Ja still take the time to express their hatred for one another. The irony being that eventually, 50's music began to emulate the exact sing-songy flow he once chastised Ja for. The attacks aren't with fists or songs anymore, these two have taken their beef to the web.
The New, Bold, Name Dropper vs. (Insert Rapper Here): Anyone that follows the career path of Freddie Gibbs knows the guy rarely ever bites his tongue. After recently questioning the manhood of West Coast rhymer Lil B, Gibbs recently spoke out on the conceivably flamboyant musical styles of artists Big Sean and Wale.
"What kind of guy is that? See, you can't even f*cking pinpoint it. You can't even put these n*ggas in a box and label it. All of these n*ggas. Big Sean, Wale. You just said 'Big Sean is like a Wale kind of guy.' What is that? F*cking weirdos, right?" (Complex)
And who could forget his beef with Jae Millz? Sure, Gibbs' songs and statements haven't led to a full-out battle, yet but at this rate, he'll come across someone ready to give him what he's after soon enough.
A Cold War is defined as a state of tension and rivalry between nations that stops short of full-scale war. That's what most old rap beefs seem like - troops just waiting for that call to arm. And at any moment, things could reignite over something as simple as an old diss track finding its way to the public.
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[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]