Beef is a word that has become synonymous with the rap game going back to Tupac and Biggie with the infamous East Coast/West Coast rivalry. Since then it seems as though beef has become something that rappers capitalize on and use as a way to build hype around themselves.
Some of the most memorable beefs have been Jay-Z and Nas (they both killed it on “Takeover” and “Ether”), Ja Rule and 50 Cent, Lil Kim and Nicki Minaj (this beef needs to die) and most recently Jay-Z and Lil Wayne. These feuds scaled from playful disses to all out physical altercations between the two parties.
MTV talked to Jay-Z about his recent battle with the self proclaimed “greatest rapper alive” Lil Wayne. The Mogul had this to say, “That’s sport, that’s rap music. Nothing is going to change, the only thing that changes is the participants.”
Here are the lyrics that fueled the beef between the two rappers:
Jay-Z rapped on his single “H.A.M,” “I’m like really half a billi/n*gga really you got baby money/keep it real with n*ggas/ n*gga you ain’t got my lady money.”
Lil Wayne fired on his single “It’s Good” with, “Talkin’ bout baby money/I got your baby money/kidnap your b*tch, get that “how-much-you-love-your-lady” money.”
I do agree that it should be looked at as a sport between two competitors, but where should the line be drawn? If the beefing doesn’t go further than bars in a song then it’s fine, but when it gets to the point that artists and fans want to take it to a physical level; then it has gone too far. As a fan, this doesn’t make the rapper or his album more or less appealing to me, but it does seem to be a productive way to draw attention to a new album or single.
Does this type of lyrical exchange make rap more appealing to you as a fan? And if it does appeal to you, which rappers would you like to hear go at it on a track?