The other night a friend and I were discussing the current beef between Common and Drake and my friend made the assertion that it may be the worst beef of all-time.
“Every generation gets the rap beef it deserves, and this generation deserves this lameass Common/Drake beef,” he said. “The best beefs are always when a hungry upstart takes aim at the throne of an established king, and these two dudes are neither of those people.”
Anyway, the conversation got me to thinking about rap beefs. A couple came immediately to mind, the first being the Jay-Z vs. Nas beef — which started in the late 90s and carried over into the 2000s — over who was the undisputed “King of New York.” Can we go ahead and award a victory to Jay in this one?
The other one that really stood out to me was the LL Cool J vs. Kool Moe Dee beef. I can remember being in junior high — it may have even been middle school — when Moe Dee’s “How Ya Like Me Now” album came out featuring a red Kangol hat being run over by a Jeep, a clear shot at LL.
Conversely, the worst, and most hilarious, beef of all-time to me (though one of the participants wasn’t a rapper so it probably doesn’t count) was Mitt Romney vs. LMFAO’s Sky Blu. Remember when they got into a fight on a plane? Holy crap that still makes me LOL when I think about it.
With all of that said, something we want to do in 2012 on UPROXX is to hold more discussion posts, live blogs, etc., and I figured this might be a good topic to get things kicked off. So please feel free to chime in in the comments: What are you favorite and least favorite beefs and why?
(ED. NOTE: In the coming days, you’ll be able to post images and videos in the comments, which will greatly enhance such discussions. Just wanted to toss that out there.)