You know the feuds, but do you know how they started?
Nowadays, when rappers diss each other, everyone knows why. If anyone didn’t, they could very easily watch this year’s VMA’s or scroll through a Twitter feed to get caught up. Before social media was as prevalent, rappers had to get their disses in where they could: in their music.
Even though a lot of the feuds were well-known at the time, some of the stories have been lost throughout the years. Many people listen to these songs without having any idea that the rappers are throwing shade at each other.
Some of the backstories of these disses are crazy and over the top in ways you totally wouldn’t expect.
“Hit ‘Em Up” Tupac vs. East Coast Rappers
When it comes to rap battles, East Coast versus West Coast is one of the biggest battles in history, and it seems like it’s going to stay that way forever.
The rivalry that defines this battle is between Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G. In Tupac’s song “HIt ‘Em Up,” Tupac doesn’t hold back on his hate for the West Coast.
What’s the reason for this rivalry?
Many people don’t know that in November of 1994, Tupac was shot and robbed at a recording studio where Biggie and Puff Daddy were.
When Biggie released the song “Who Shot Ya?” three months later, Tupac believed that Biggie was involved in the incident.
“It’s Good” – Lil Wayne vs. Jay-Z
Lil Wayne, Drake, and Jadakiss were together on this track that disses Jay-Z. Lil Wayne doesn’t explicitly call Jay out in the song, but he makes it pretty clear that he’s talking about him.
He even goes so far as to imply that he would kidnap Beyonce for ransom (“Kidnap your b****, get that how much you love your lady money”), proving that Lil Wayne does not know the definition of “too far.”
What’s the origin of this feud?