Who doesn’t like a good ol’ fashioned rap beef?
Since Kool Herc’s first party in the South Bronx one summer day in August of 1973, feuds between MCs and crews have come and gone throughout hip-hop’s history. Between 2Pac and Biggie, 50 Cent and Ja Rule, Drake and Meek Mill, Meek Mill and Beanie Sigel, there’s really no shortage of a lyrical sparring match you can revisit and reminisce on. Even today, there’s some bad blood between rappers that’s just won’t go away. We’re still invested in seeing how Pusha T vs. Lil Wayne and Drake pans out. Hopefully, it produces a lot of great music and more exciting stories.
We’ve come a long way from Biggie’s description of what beef is, as the internet has opened doors for MCs to battle on social media rather than strictly on wax. But sometimes rap beefs can get so one-sided that there’s a clear winner. In those moments, you can just tell when one rapper will get destroyed by the other rapper. And the fans know it too.
Sure, these MCs eventually bounce back from the embarrassment. But it can be a long, grueling journey to win over the rap community again. Here, we dive deep into rap beefs that were nearly career-ending for some and how those missteps almost made them fade to black.