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Hip-hop has always been about two things... Talent and swagger! Unfortunately this has often resulted in some of the genre's biggest stars openly feuding and calling each other out either through their music or, sometimes, in person! Join Capital as we take a look at some of the most memorable feuds in hip-hop; some of which are still going on to this day!
Rumour has it that Meek started this feud by targeting the 'Candy Shop' rapper in his latest track 'Give 'Em Hope' and this - obviously - didn't please 50 Cent. He took to Instagram to attack Meek, including adding Meek's facial features to the poop emoji, a video where 50 slaps Meek to the ground and a list of memes. Meek retaliated with a huge, lengthy post directed to 50 Cent. This. This is what Instagram was made for - not so we can see what people are eating on a daily basis, right?
It's a feud that's been simmering but looks set to go on full boil, according to rapper 50 Cent. It all started when Drake told Rolling Stone that he thought Jay's lyrics referencing art were becoming corny. The Brooklyn star then hit out in a verse on the track 'We Made It'. He freestyles: "Sorry Mrs. Drizzy for so much art talk." #OUCH! Fiddy called it "old school" and is anticipating more trading blows from these two in the near future.
Back in 2009, Nicki was just a fresh face on the hip-hop scene, and her outlandish style and love of courting controversy soon placed her in the cross hairs of rap veteran Lil Kim. The fact that the 'Starships' singer had also covered Kim's biggest hits during her rise to fame only fuel this, and soon the two started trading barbs through their music! Big game players like 50 Cent and Ray J soon put their views forward, when Fiddy criticising P Diddy for describing Nicki as "the new Lil' Kim". The feud then reached a new peak on Nicki's 2010 son 'Roman's Revenge, her "diss" track towards Lil' Kim, to which she then replied through the song 'Black Friday'. While their rift has since died down, don't expect there two female stars to be exchanging Twitter pleasantries anytime soon!
One of the more recent feuds on this list of that of Chris Brown and Drake, who were reportedly engaged in a much publicised "brawl" in a New York City nightclub in early 2012. Widely rumoured to have stemmed from both rappers' relationship with Bajan superstar Rihanna, and lawsuits soon followed. 'Turn Up The Music' singer Chris even posted a picture of an injury sustained in the confrontation between two parties in the club, although both stars distanced themselves from the fight soon after. Rihanna herself also decided not to comment on this one…probably wise!
This is one feud that is likely to go on for some time... as Nicki and Mariah have made no secret of their issues while serving together on the American Idol panel! After joining the show in 2012 as part of a revamped line-up, it didn't take long for the two divas to begin sniping at each other during the show's auditions, eventually leading to Nicki even storming off the panel during one day of filming. The two have continually discussed their differences in the press, with rumours Mariah was planning hire security after one of their encounters, but seemed to have put at least SOME of their differences to one side by the time the live shows came around in early 2013.
This particular hip-hop feud was almost started by accident after Bad Boy star French Montana criticised 50 Cent's penchant for starting beefs with other rappers! However, after his comments to Complex magazine, 50 Cent started a brand new feud by calling the rising rapper out on Twitter and telling him, "you ain't s*** boy!". French then continued to taunt the 'In Da Club' star by criticising his flagging music career and the two have continued to trade barbs ever since. Despite their disagreements, in January this year French claimed the two no longer have any "real problem" and admitted he respects the 'Candy Shop' star. Awww.
Pusha T and Lil Wayne have been going at it through their music for some time now, with Pusha criticising the Young Money leader on Ludacris' song 'What They Mad At', but more recently said the two have "no real" issues with each other and insisted that it had simply gotten out of hand.
Ludacris had been firing shots at 'Take Care' rapper Drake for some time when the Canadian rapper finally addressed their feud back in January last year. After Luda criticising both Drake and Big Sean for their rap skills in his song 'Badaboom', Drake said he doesn't take any of it seriously and believes it was just a marketing tool to help Ludacris' music career! Sorry Ludacris…Drake's not letting himself get dragged into this one!
One of the more long-running feuds on this last is that of Jay-Z and Nas, who have been going at each other ever since 2000! As two of the biggest rap stars of the noughts, this feud garnered huge press attention, as each rapper threw shots back and forth through their music, across songs like 'Takeover' and Nas' hit 'Ether'. This hop-hop beef was officially put to rest when Nas signed with Jay-Z's Def Jam label in 2006, leading to collaborations and seemingly putting an end to the hostilities.
50 Cent appears numerous times on this list but perhaps no feud was more personal than his beef former protege The Game. After dismissing the rising rapper from his group G-Unit live on the radio, the two seemingly reconciled but soon heated up again as G-Unit and The Game started posting joke pictures of each other online and insulting each other in the press. The Game tried to end hostilities back in 2006 by offering a "peace treaty" to Fiddy, but the 'In Da Club' rapper failed to respond. This is one feud that doesn't look to have an end anytime soon, with 50 Cent criticising the rapper as recently as his 2011 hit 'Love, Hate Love', and The Game promising he would respond in kind!
Back in 2008 Oasis member Noel Gallagher found himself suddenly involved in his own hip-hop feud when he angered Jay-Z by criticising the decision to give the 'Big Pimpin' rapper a headline slot at Glastonbury Festival. The 'Don't Look Back In Anger' star described the decision as "wrong" eating Jay-Z to address the comments during his set by giving a brief cover of 'Wonderwall'. Jay-Z continued to throw a few sideways barbs at the rock star for the next few months, although Noel tried to downplay the feud later that year by saying he had just stated his opinion.
Back in the early days of his career 50 Cent soon found himself at odds with Ja Rule and his The Inc. label, amid claims of a "set-up" invoking a jewellery theft! Back in 200 the hostilities reached a new level after an altercation between the 'In Da Club' rapper and Ja Rule's Murder Inc. team, resulting in 50 even requiring medical attention. However Ja Rule put an end to the feud once and for all in 2011 when he confirmed the pair "ain't beefing no more", although he did tell fans not to expect a collaboration any time soon!