Monday, May 21, 2012

Top 5 Rap Feuds

Rap is what it is in part because of the battles and feuds the artists get involved in along the way.  Here are some of the best (including links to lyrics in some places).

5: Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac (1994) - Biggie and Pac are, with Nas, Jay-Z, and arguably Eminem, the best lyricists in rap history.  Tupac thought that Biggie and Puff Daddy (or P. Diddy, or whatever) were behind his being robbed and shot in a New York record studio in 1994.  Then Biggie released Who Shot Ya?, which seemed to be a direct reference to the incident.  In response, Pac released Hit 'Em Up, a diss song about Biggie.  The battle never got any more heated, as Pac was shot and killed a few months later, and Biggie was shot and killed early the following year.

4: Boogie Down Production and Juice Crew (1985) - KRS-One's Bronx-based Boogie Down Productions and Marley Marl's Queensbridge Projects-based Juice Crew had a battle for the ages, arguing about the origins of rap itself.  Marley Marl and MC Shan put out The Bridge, implying that rap started in Queensbridge.  BDP put out a near identical track called South Bronx, claiming it as the birthplace of hip hop.  Juice Crew responded with Kill That Noise, but BDP put a nail in Juice Crew's coffin with The Bridge Is Over.

3: Eminem and ICP (1995) - This is barely a serious feud.  "Rappers" Insane Clown Posse took on Eminem because Eminem put up a flyer for a small gig he was doing (while still generally unknown) and wrote "also and appearance by ICP... Maybe."  ICP got pissed and the skirmishes began.  When Eminem got big, ICP blasted him with it's parody song Slim Anus, spoofing Em's popular Slim Shady.  ICP's version was lame and uninspired, attempting to diss Eminem by calling him gay.  Because ICP is, apparently, in 7th grade.  Eminem had the last laugh in his song Marshall Mathers, in which he responds to the gay allegations by saying...  Well, I'll let him say it.

2: Nas and Jay-Z (2001) - When Biggie died in early 1997, both Jay-Z and Nas stepped up to fill the void as King of New York.  Their back-and-forth culminated with two great Nas songs--Ether and Got Ur Self A...--both of which were directed at Jay-Z.  Jay-Z came back with Supa Ugly, and premiered it on the Angie Martinez show on Hot 97, New York's premiere hip hop radio station.  What followed was a listener poll in which Nas was declared the winner, 58% to 42%.  Sure, it was one of the less gangsta ways to determine a rap feud outcome, but it doesn't take away from the vitriol both lyricists spit at each other.

1: Dr. Dre and Eazy-E (1991) - Back in the 90's, Dre and upcoming artist Snoop Doggy Dogg, on Dre's ground-breaking album The Chronic, seemed to be feuding with everyone.  Tim Dog from the Bronx and Luke Skyywalker from 2 Live Crew caught a lot of Dre's disses.  However, former NWA co-star, Eazy-E, had the most notable return fire.  Eazy's album It's On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa (seriously--that convoluted crap is the title) contained several tracks devoted entirely to killing Dre and Snoop, calling them "studio gangstas" and referencing Dre's assault of Dee Barnes.  Using cuts from old NWA songs, spoofs of current songs from The Chronic, and bits of Dre's embarrassing past, Eazy took Dre apart.  Although Dre won the war with stronger backbeats and rhythms, never before or since has anybody with so much talent devoted so much time on one album to dissing a rival rapper as Eazy-E.

A special mention goes to "Weird Al" Yankovic and Coolio (1996).  Weird Al did a parody of Gangsta's Paradise (called Amish Paradise), much to the dismay of Coolio, who claimed he had not given permission (despite having consent from the record label).  "Un"Coolio made a fuss and briefly feuded with Weird Al, leading Weird Al to say that Coolio never complained when cashing a royalties check.  Years later, Weird Al proved to be the better rapper when he parodied Ridin' Dirty (White and Nerdy), leading Chamillionaire to say "He's actually rapping pretty good on it, it's crazy ... I didn't know he could rap like that."  Coolio, meanwhile, is in the dustbin of history.

So there you have it--rap battles.  Told you we cover everything at the KT5!  If you liked this, please share it and like us on Facebook.  And don't forget to leave your comments below!

4 comments:

  1. I remember that Coolio-Weird Al thing and I'll never forget you saying: "Who feuds with Weird Al?".  WTF?  Also, so glad you mentioned two of my faves...EAZY E and Dre plus Dre and Tim Dawg ("Tim Dawg can eat a big fat d***!).  or Larry J can eat a big fat d***!  Oh crap, I am laughing my ass off here!  I'd better go.

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  2. Larry J!  The king in is mind!  He could eat a bowl of dicks.

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  3. 3: Eminem and ICP (1995) - This is barely a serious feud. "Rappers" Insane Clown Posse took on Eminem because Eminem put up a flyer for a small gig he was doing (while still generally unknown) and wrote "also and appearance by ICP... Maybe." ICP got pissed and the skirmishes began. When Eminem got big, ICP blasted him with it's parody song Slim Anus, spoofing Em's popular Slim Shady. ICP's version was lame and uninspired, attempting to diss Eminem by calling him gay. Because ICP is, apparently, in 7th grade. Eminem had the last laugh in his song Marshall Mathers, in which he responds to the gay allegations by saying... Well, I'll let him say it. Dude you called ICP 7th graders, because they called Eminem gay, truth is he prolly is and secondly Eminem ripped on ICP so shut your fucking mouth you dont know shit.

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  4. Tough guy, huh? Lol...


    Is your argument really "Eminem started it" and "Eminem's gay"?


    If only ICP had talent. Then they could fight their own battles on the mic, rather than have sad, lonely juggalos defend them namelessly on random blogs.

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