CNN’s N.O.R.E. has revealed his thoughts on rap beefs and questioned why rappers just can not get along.
Noreaga feels rap beefs internally hurt the African American and Hispanic community.
“I’m not really with the rap game dissing each other,” N.O.R.E. said in an interview. “To me it’s all young Black[s] [and] Latinos, you know people from the ghetto that’s struggling, and every time you…diss the next person it just makes it harder for the game. So me, I have never been with the dissing sh*t… that’s something that I don’t pay attention [to] in the game. I am aware of it, but I don’t pay attention…I remember I had Max B and Hell Rell on the same record. I didn’t even know they was beefing…They both was calling me like, ‘Yo, dude.’ I was like, ‘What the f*ck is going on?’… I don’t wanna pay attention to the beef, I wanna pay attention to the love.” (XXL Mag)
New York rapper Ja Rule recently pointed out the negative effects of beefing.
“I think the beef sh*t is wack,” Rule revealed in an interview. “My beef was different, it was real. Physical altercations, all that. A lot of these beefs today, are just publicity stunts for artists to try to sell records. They try to further their careers or whatever, doing so by creating conflict with other artists who are creating a buzz. I think it’s watered down hip-hop. Even though hip-hop was founded on the battle, it came from that. It’s still, with how far hip-hop has come, the beef records take away from the talent and the creative process of it all. I just think all the beef records and that sh*t is wack.” (Dubcnn)
Earlier this year, Slaughterhouse‘s Joell Ortiz said he would not take part in a potential beef with Benzino.
“Ah, no comment,” Joell initially said about Zino’s actions as of late. “Everybody is entitled to their opinion. So you know, that’s homeboy’s opinion. That’s all I can say. Leave it right there. I can’t speak on it ‘if’ someone mentions my name. Everything just [gets] handled according but as of right now, everybody is entitled to their opinion and that’s his opinion of the group…I don’t have a problem with anyone. That’s one thing I take pride in, I don’t [get] involved in beef, I don’t have any beef. My beef is with poverty, you feel me?” (“On-Air Idiot Show”)
Nore’s sidekick, Capone, recently said emcees from the Big Apple should attempt to collaborate more often.
“You know, it’s good for New York right now. Because if we can do it, a lot of other people can do it, man,” ‘pone said in an interview. “You never know, New York could just make one super group, you know what I’m saying? We just need to come together. And I think by IceH2O/Thugged-Out/Militainment coming together, that just shows that no matter how big of an artist you are, you can always merge with other big artists and make magic. And that’s what we’re doing, making magic.” (Hip Hop DX)
Check out a recent N.O.R.E. interview below: