Drake vs. Meek Mill and other pointless hip-hop beefs

31 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

All eyes on them: The Drake-Meek Mill feud.

OK, the ongoing Drake-vs. Before the term “diss track” was ever enunciated by a liberal arts and culture writer somewhere in New York City, rappers were going head-to-head with each other, battling through quick and witty insults, in the form of rap battles.In the latest of his rap beef with Meek Mill, Drake delivered a brutal blow to the “Off the Corner” rapper with his freestyle diss track “Back to Back.” Drake, 28, attacked from every direction, asking Mill, 28, “Is that a world tour or your girl’s tour?” – referring to the rapper’s appearances on girlfriend Nicki Minaj’s Pinkprint tour.Hannibal Buress put the never-ending beef between Drake and Meek Mill into perspective on Wednesday’s episode of Why? by wandering around Beverly Hills and asking whether anybody even knew who either of the rappers are.

As hip hop started entering the mainstream, more and more large scale artists were using their new found audience and accessible medium to fire off harsh insults against each other via platinum hits or buried bonus tracks on albums. Mill has been pretty quiet on the music front, even after Drake released his initial diss track “Charged Up” – which Mill Tweeted was “baby lotion soft.” The feud began with Mill accusing the Canadian rapper of not writing his own lyrics, which is a big no-no in the rap world. Toronto rapper Drake and his new-found Philadelphia enemy Meek Mill cornered the market on music news over the past week, throwing insults at each other over Twitter (a la Meek Mill) or in brand new, rapidly released tracks (a la Drake).

Of course, the residents of Beverly Hills are not typically known for their hot takes on hip-hop culture, but if a tree falls in a forest and no one knows that tree’s name, does its petty argument with a fellow tree even matter? Except, y’know, when Lynyrd Skynyrd called out Neil Young, reminding him that, “a Southern man don’t need him around anyhow” in “Sweet Home Alabama.” Or that time Nick Lowe called Rick Astley a clown in “All Men Are Liars.” And of course there’s punk legend Mojo Nixon’s seminal classic, “Don Henley Must Die.” So, OK.

On Wednesday, Drake released, “Back to Back;” an insult- laced, scorn-dripping track that had the entire music world celebrating what appeared to be the end of the juvenile war. The hatred between 50 Cent and Ja Rule has been archived and shelved away by fans of hip hop, but this song had some of the best disses to come out of the lyrical war. 50 upped the stakes when he dropped insults targeting Fat Joe and Jadakiss while pumping up his own G-Unit team members including The Game and Lloyd Banks.

From Disney?” And for what it’s worth, another woman — who seems like a genuine delight, perhaps because she is ignorant to the exciting but tiring world of hip-hop beef — has no problem with Meek’s allegation that Drake doesn’t write his own lyrics: “So what? Cole, Big Sean and the usual cavalcade of “surprise” superstar guests prepare for the looming OVO Fest at the Molson Amphitheatre on Aug. 1 to 3 and we await Mill’s response to the Toronto rapper’s recent, double-barrelled online shot of diss tracks — “Charged Up” and this Wednesday’s stinging “Back to Back Freestyle” — let’s take a fond look back at some of hip hop’s most pointless feuds.

This may not be Kendrick Lamar’s own track, but his verse on Big Sean’s, “Control” was so memorable and so controversial, it deserves its own shout out. Sometimes, the clashing toxic masculinity-drenched egos can be noxious, but on occasion, you have to stop and appreciate the passion and technical skill that goes into the process. Nevertheless, after a dig at Hammer’s squandered “U Can’t Touch This”-era fortune in Jay Z’s verse to Kanye West’s “So Appalled” (“Hammer went broke so you know I’m more focused / I lost 30 mil’ so I spent another 30/ ’Cause unlike Hammer 30 million can’t hurt me”), Hammer retaliated in 2010 with a track called “Better Run Run” and a video that featured a Jigga lookalike fleeing the devil. Louis resident Nelly, who had previously put the city on the international hip-hop map with hits like “Country Grammar” and “Hot In Herre,” because he felt moved to put Chingy in his place on the 2004 track “Another One.” “Just remember when you do that right thurr / I made it tight to be country,” Nelly cautioned Chingy. “They thought country was bummy / Till country start making money.” Their heads weren’t quite as hot once the glare of the spotlights had receded and they would go on to amicably guest on each other’s tracks. BEST LINE: ‘I’m usually homeboys with the same n—– I’m rhyming with/But this is hip-hop and them n—– should know what time it is/And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Wale/ Pusha T, Meek Mills, A$AP Rocky, Drake/Big Sean, Jay Electron, Tyler, Mac Miller/I got love for you all, but I’m tryna murder you n—–” Eminem has proudly proclaimed his various beefs over the years, going to town and ripping them to bits on a variety of tracks.

The gist of the beef — according to accounts in Rolling Stone and the comments section of the rap-lyrics interpretations on Genius.com — is that Mills was upset with Drake for not Tweeting about his new album, “Dreams Worth More Than Money,” and not showing up to a release show, and so he Tweeted that Drake didn’t really write the verse he contributed to his collaboration with Mill, “R.I.C.O.” And then Peggy told him that Laura said to him that he was talking trash about him on the swing set at recess. Azalea, in turn, is fond of calling out Banks — whose public (and mostly one-sided) feuds with Pharrell Williams, A$AP Rocky, Lady Gaga, Lily Allen and even the Stone Roses once inspired Stereogum to run a list of “The 10 Dumbest Azealia Banks beefs of 2013” — for calling everyone else out all the time. “There are many black artists succeeding in all genres,” Azalea tweeted last year. “The reason you haven’t is because of your piss poor attitude.” Ouch.

Like the title of the track suggests, Eminem carefully cultivated his best insults and harshest digs, absolutely destroying Benzino and hammering the last nail in his coffin. This one is rumoured to have started over a line on a flyer for the release party to Eminem’s 1997 The Slim Shady EP, which listed Insane Clown Posse as “maybe” performers when, in fact, ICP had never been asked to perform. A fairly innocent beginning, yes, but the two Detroit acts would then spend a decade lobbing insults at one another in the press, onstage and in song: the most notable of the latter being an ICP parody of Em’s “My Name Is” called “Slim Anus.” By 2010, however, the Motor City madmen had kissed and made up, with ICP member Violent J telling MTV that Eminem’s late D12 crew member Proof had brokered a peace deal. “Proof squashed that beef before he passed away,” he said. “He contacted us and we had a bowling game. But Drake’s built a slow-smolder groove on “Charged Up,” in which he meditates on fame and hunger, throwing in Mill’s face, “I see you (expletive) having trouble going gold/Turning into some so and so’s that no one knows/But so it go.” While the song is postured and assertive, there’s still a sense of control, although the lowest blow is when he casts Mill’s complaints in the light the #BlackLivesMatter movement and the recent deaths of unarmed blacks at the hands of police officers. After Common called out ice Cube in, “I Used to Love H.E.R.,” Ice Cube enthusiastically responded with, “Westside Slaughterhouse,” taking shot after shot at Common.

The song was made even more legendary after he rapped about the track probably getting him murdered, only for him to wind up killed before the album was ever released. Easily the most celebrated, studied, and talked about diss track of all time, Jay Z’s takeover proved that Hova wasn’t someone to be jerked around and taken lightly. BEST LINE: “Matter of fact you had the worst flow on the whole f—— song/But I know: the sun don’t shine, than son don’t shine/that’s why your (lame) career’s come to an end/It’s only so long fake thugs can pretend.”

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