Jadakiss vs. Beanie Sigel

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Jadakiss and Beanie Sigel

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  • Jay-Z signs Beanie Sigel after going to Philadelphia to find talent. In the same year, he has him feature on his album Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life.
  • Jan 25 2000
    The Lox release their album We Are the Streets. On the album’s song, “Blood Pressure,” Jadakiss potentially disses Jay-Z and Beanie.
  • Mar 06 2000
    Mya features Jadakiss on her song “Best of Me.”
  • Aug 29 2000
    Jay-Z is featured on “Best of Me Part 2,” a remix of the original “Best of Me”. He effectively replaces Jadakiss on the song, which could be seen as disrespect.
  • May 15 2001
    Jay-Z features on R. Kelly’s “Fiesta (Remix).” The original “Fiesta” included Jadakiss, so Jay-Z’s line in the song, “after the original it’s probably this” was perceived to be mocking Jadakiss after Jay muscled him out of the track. After Jay did the same on his “Best of Me Part 2,” it was hard to see it as a coincidence.
  • Jun 26 2001
    Beanie Sigel drops his second album, The Reason. One of its singles, “Beanie (Mack B***h)”, included what people believed to be shots at Jadakiss through a reference to his car, a 430 AMG Benz.
  • Aug 07 2001
    Jadakiss drops his debut album, Kiss tha Game Goodbye. The album includes the track “Un-hunh!”, which fires shots directly at Beanie Sigel, calling him out by his former name, “Beanie Mack.” Some understood the song to send shots at Jay-Z as well.
  • Aug 01 2001
    Beanie Sigel responds on the DJ Envy-hosted Roc-A-Fella Mixtape, The Empire Strikes Back, with his “Kiss the Game Goodbye” freestyle. The freestyle uses the beat from Jadakiss’ “Put Ya Hands Up,” and proceeds to rip into Jadakiss with aggressive bars.
  • Sep 01 2001
    Jadakiss responds with what is known as his Disco Beat “Freestyle” on his mixtape Street Wars: The Problem Child. On the track, he returns fire with equally venomous bars for Beans.
  • Oct 26 2001
    Jadakiss performs at Power 99’s annual Powerhouse Concert in Philadelphia. In the middle of one of his songs, he proceeds to spit an acapella freestyle in which he disses Beanie Sigel. As soon as he does, the crowd boos him and throws anything they can at him on stage. Beanie gets news of the situation and is brought to the venue, where he is invited on stage by P. Diddy. Beanie spits an acapella diss of his own, directed at Jadakiss.
  • Beanie Sigel and State Property freestyle on the BET show Rap City, in which the diss The Lox and Jadakiss.
  • Beans and State Property visited Funkmaster Flex on Hot 97. It began with Beanie’s “Special Delivery Freestyle,” in which he takes shots at Jadakiss, the rest of D-Block, and even Nas. At this point, in the rap game, a considerable amount of the prominent rap crews were trading blows with each other.
  • Jun 06 2006
    After the tension had died down, Jadakiss and Beanie Sigel reunited and made a track with DJ Khaled called “Problems.” It was released on his debut album, Listennn… The Album. This is the first official sign that their beef has been squashed.
  • Aug 22 2012
    Beanie Sigel and Jadakiss appear together on Sway’s RapFix Live show, in which they discuss their feud in good spirit. On the show, Beanie even alludes to a situation in which the two apparently met in person during their conflict, and agreed to keep it going for publicity.

The origins of the beef between Beanie Sigel and Jadakiss have been widely debated, but no one can quite lay a finger on where it all started. Some claim it started due to a rift between DMX and Jay-Z, while others say that it started after Beans claimed that other Philly rappers were biting his flow. An even simpler explanation is that the Ruff Ryders and Roc-A-Fella were butting heads in their contest for New York hip-hop supremacy.

Regardless of speculation, Beanie has given his side of the story on how it happened in a VladTV interview. He says that he believes Jadakiss had done a couple of records with Jay-Z that Jay ended up cutting him out of. After statements were made by both sides, Beans said he saw an opportunity to be had.

At that time, I was thinking it was about to be on, and when nothing else was said, I looked at it as an opportunity for me to lay my bones down in the game. Win, lose or draw, we’re talking about Jadakiss, The Lox!

And so, Beans made the decision to be remembered as more than just another Roc-A-Fella artist. With Roc-A-Fella and his State Property crew behind him, Beans dove head-first into the war.

Somewhere in the middle of the beef, Beanie Sigel and Jadakiss met in person at an event. Rather than taking a turn for the worse, the meeting resulted in them seeing eye-to-eye and agreeing to continue the beef on wax, with Jadakiss reportedly saying “let’s get this money.” They both understood that they were doing justice by the hip-hop culture and respected each others flows. In fact, Beanie said that he had been a fan of The Lox from the jump. In his 1999 feature on Foxy Brown’s “4-5-6”, Sigel raps, “Haters wonderin’ how I got a position with Roc, Cuz I listen to The Lox and I listen then watch.”