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?

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  • tamar

    its not that serious. i don’t think this would ever turn physical. they’re just harmless jabs

  • Kleinod

    It would be nice if the mighty Warrior King Curtis “Fifty Cent” James Jackson III would be called “Fifty” Danaides III.

    “Fifty” Danaides III is from the line of a King who discovered Argos, the Ancient City of Gold, who is in fact The Almighty God Himself. See Revelation 21:12-14, 21(heavenly New Jerusalem of which it is said “And the broad way of the city was pure gold, as transparent glass.”). Compare Ezekiel 48:1-32.

    Still the Wisdom of the Parable of the Two Quarters and the Two Kings would be sufficient for “Fifty” Danaides III and like Cash Kings. See Forbes Magazine Online entries under “50 Cent”.

    Notes: There is an Original Fifty Danaides. Belus(Satan the Devil), the Asiatic King of the City of Tyre and Original founder of the ancient city of Babylon became father to Danaus(or Nimrod of the Holy Scriptures. Nimrod is thus co-founder of this ancient wicked city of Babylon.

    In Babylon the temple erected to the god Belus is reported as having been surrounded by three statues, namely, that of Bel ( Bel-Merodach or Nimrod of the Holy Scriptures), his mother Rhea (Semiramis), and Bel-Merodach’s wife, Juno or Beltis (also called Zer-panîtu)—this according to the ancient Greek historian Ctesias.

  • Angie

    I agree with everything stated in this article. Beef does not make rap or rappers more appealing for me. I do agree that it’s a great tool for publicity, but there needs to be good music behind all the extra stuff to keep my attention and convince me to buy an album. With that said, I would love to hear Lil Wayne and Eminem lyrically slay each other.

  • Perverted Alchemist

    All I will say is this:

    Beef in hip hop is a little passe at this point. At the time, the beef was real lyrical battles. Now? it’s become a pissing contest to show who has more money and more fame than the other. Basically, the beef is a couple of grown men acting and carrying on like women in college- bad idea!!!!