When beef was actual beef.
Beef is one of the most popular things among rappers. But sadly, it’s not the same today. Back in the day, rappers didn’t hide behind keyboards with sneak disses and subliminal messages. Nah. They would beef with each other and take it to the booth.
They’d get on tracks and unleash disses and clapbacks at their opponent. And when they’d see each other in the streets or backstage at awards shows, they’d either have a showdown or settle it like men. Nowadays, rappers fight with tweets and Instagram memes. Those of you who weren’t old enough to witness epic beefs like Tupac and Biggie or Jay-Z and Nas, we’ve got you covered.
2Pac vs. Biggie
This will ultimately be the biggest beef in rap history. The two rappers were, at one point, friends. But leave it up to the media and rumors, they soon became enemies. In 1994, Tupac was shot leaving a New York studio. Soon after, Biggie released “Who Shot Ya?”
Pac immediately pointed the finger and then released “Hit Em Up.” Those lyrics will forever be remembered as one of the greatest diss records ever. After a little back and forth between the two and their crews, things went way too far. Their beef was dubbed as an “East Coast vs. West Coast” war. But both soon lost that war when they were shot and killed.
Nicki Minaj vs Cardi B
As you can see, Nicki has had her fair share of beefs. But there’s no beef like a Nicki vs Cardi beef.
Cardi and Nicki’s beef started once Cardi began rising to fame. The women have been going back and forth since, but things got physical during NYFW 2018. Cardi B went after Nicki at a New York Fashion Week party. The “I Like It” rapper “aggressively approached the table” where Nicki was sitting, according to reports.
“Let me tell you something,” Cardi said before lunging toward Nicki. Security stepped in before Cardi could get to Nicki, but not before Cardi was able to take off her shoe and throw it at the “Anaconda” rapper. Cardi missed her target, but that didn’t stop her from spewing threats. Check out her IG post above.
Unfortunately, these two are still at it and it doesn’t look like they’ll be burying the hatchet anytime soon.
Lil Kim vs Nicki Minaj
These two go back pretty far. (It seems like every female rapper has beef with Nicki Minaj at some point.) Kim claimed that Nicki mimicked her whole style, and we know that isn’t true.
Nicki took shots at Kim in some songs. Kim released a whole mixtape just to diss Nicki, but no one cared.