I have several guilty pleasures i.e. things that provide me great entertainment despite their lack of intelligent content. Hip Hop beefs are one of these pleasures. Let me first state that I love these beefs so long as there is no violence involved. I absolutely love Tupac, and am also a fan of Biggie so I’m always saddened when Hip Hop beefs go to far…. Otherwise they are HILARIOUS!
What I find most fascinating and ludicrous (haven’t heard from him in a minute perhaps he’s somewhere dreaming up a beef?) is the things these artists choose to beef about….. at the end of the day the argument really boils down to:
Rapper 1: “I make more money than YOU!”
Rapper 2: “NOOOOOOO I make more money than YOU”
Really? I mean what ever happened to sleeping with the same chic or guy? Perhaps stealing a contract, or getting someone kicked out of Grammy’s? A backstage fight at the BET Awards even? But these days the things Rappers choose to “beef” about seems pretty LAME (in my humble opinion & Jay-Z voice) . I sometimes feel there’s some dark room where they meet and decide to beef just to improve record sales or get exposure. At the end of the meeting they hug and then vow to always act like enemies in public…
All that being said, I STILL LOVE a good rap beef, even it stems from nonsense, boredom or writer’s block some times the result is really good music or perhaps a really funny video. Here are a few of my current Favs, since I’m a woman, ladies first:
1. Lil Kim v. Nicki Minaj – I think they’re beefing because Nicki sometimes wears outfits & wigs similar to the Queen B? ( I know it sounds silly but wouldn’t you be mad if the new popular girl was wearing your old outfits? ok guess I can’t save the silliness on this one ) :
Things first got started (I think) with Lil Kim:
Definitely Old School… but hey I love me some Lil Kim. Nicki’s reply took a minute but here it is:
I don’t know what is more stupid this video or the fact that I find it kinda funny… So on to the next one, being from Chicago I have to include
2. Common v.Drake – On Common’s new album he disses Drake in his song “Sweet”.
The diss is “subliminal” …calling Drake a bitch cause he sings (but he’s such a sexy singer though???)
So Drake responds on Rick Ross’s Mixtape on the song “Stay Schemin”:
Didn’t I say he was a sexy singer? (with his mulatto ass)…ok the Panther in me is coming out. LOL I actually like this song, and Drake kills it. So to reply Common hit back with this:
WOW!!!! I LOVE THEM BOTH!!! I love Common, but hey I also fuck with Canada Dry…..Hmmmm what is the beef about again? All the nerdy lawyer in me can ask is does Rick Ross have the publishing rights to both versions???????? #TEAMROZAY baby, all day!!!!
Ok to close off my Hip Hop beef expose is Drake’s BFF Lil Wayne…
3. Jay-Z vs. Lil Wayne – This beef was actually the basis for this entry, basically they are fighting over who has the most money…during a recession (this is important!!)
The fight begins on the Jay-z & Kanye cut Ham:
I like it…. don’t love it….something about the beat doesn’t quite grab me. You have to respect Jay-Z’s old ass and I have nothing but Chi-town luv for Kanye.
Lil Wayne responded with the song “It’s Good” on Tha Carter IV album:
I hate to admit it but I love it!! Now I don’t get the reference to potato salad at the end but otherwise I think the jail time did Weezzy a bit of good…. Can I say I LOVE the Drake & Lil Wayne Bromance!! They are BFFs 4EVA!!
I can’t wait to see what 2012 will bring in the way of Hip Hop beef, I mean there has to be someone out there that Luda can beef with right??
Lesson learned: Good Artist + Good Beef = Good Music!!! IT’S 2012 BRING IT ON!!