Lil Kim Vs. Foxy Brown
Lil Kim and Foxy Brown are no strangers to controversies. Their most notorious beef, however, was their feud with each other. Both raised in Brooklyn, New York these two MCs, who started out as friends and even appeared together on the cover of The Source Magazine in 1997, would later become adversaries. Shortly into both of their careers, egos and competition got the best of the rappers. With the whisper of tension between the two floating around Lil Kim confirmed the rumors on her sophomore album The Notorious K.I.M in which she made it clear her multiple diss records were directed toward her rival Foxy Brown. Brown fired back at Kim on Capone n Norega’s track “Bang Bang” where she trash talked Kim and hinted at a relationship with the late Notorious B.I.G. In 2001 the feud between these two reigning queens of hip hop came to blows, when Kim and her entourage crossed paths with Capone and his entourage at a popular radio station in New York. Shots were fired, one person was injured and Kim ended up spending a year in jail due to her part in the altercation. Shortly after the blow up, when asked about Kim, Brown was quoted saying “Let’s just end it…we’re bigger then this.” It seemed as though the dust had settled until 10 years later when Brown released the track “Off the Muscle” in which she fired shots at Kim yet again. Kim claimed to be done with the situation although evidently bothered by Brown’s “flip flop” in feelings toward her. Brown was relentless to keep the feud going and released a track dissing Kim just earlier this year.
Eve Vs. Iggy Azalea
It all began last Spring when Eve sat down with a media outlet to promote her first album in over a decade. In the interview the rapper admitted to not being a fan of Australian rapper Iggy Azalea stating, “I’m not really into the Iggy Azalea chick. I can’t really fuck with her music…” Azalea made it known she would not to be bashed publicly without defending herself, and replied to Eve’s statement with a subtle diss of her own. The former Grand Hustle rapper replied saying, "…A girl like her that raps is expected, so, how could you understand something so different?" The tasteful jab ended the feud for the most part as Eve refused to comment on the matter any further other then to say, "I said my opinion. But it wasn’t negative, I think she’s a beautiful girl its just her music’s not my cup of tea."
Trina Vs. Khia
Erupting more then a decade ago, this catfight is what most would say was, and still is, a simple case of jealousy. The rivalry supposedly arose when Khia made derogatory comments about Trina in an interview with XXL Magazine. Whether the fuel for the fire was the fact that Trina was allegedly dating New Orleans rapper Lil Wayne at the time, is unclear, but regardless of the motive Trina decided to wage war on the rapper by releasing a track called “What’s Beef?” Not long after its release Khia came back with her own diss track, “Hit Em Up.” Just when everyone thought the years-long beef was over, Trina made a scene following coming on stage to perform at a venue directly after the DJ spun a Khia record. She uttered to the crowd that Khia was “wack” and badmouthed her music to a shocked show-goers. In 2010 the feud continued when nude photos of Trina were leaked onto the Internet. Khia saw Trina’s mishap as the perfect opportunity to take yet another shot at her rival and took to her Twitter to address the photos, claiming that Trina had an STD and calling her a “fake hoe.” We haven’t heard about this catfight recently, but we also haven’t heard much from either MC in what seems like forever, so we aren’t holding our breath.
Nicki Minaj Vs. Lil Kim
When these two female MCs came for each other’s heads some were a taken aback, probably due to the fact that Lil Kim was a seasoned veteran in the rap game and Nicki was new to the scene. It all apparently started backstage at a Lil Wayne show in 2009 when the two MCs crossed paths. Both have varying takes on what exactly happened but according to Kim it was hostile,when asked about the encounter in an interview Kim stated that she would, “ring [Nicki’s] throat.” Shortly after Kim’s comment Nicki ignited the feud by recording several tracks including subliminal disses directed towards Kim. Then, in the summer of 2010 while performing at a club in Detroit, Kim called out Minaj, claiming that the Young Money rapper was replicating her style. Nicki bit back at Kim with multiple diss tracks and Kim replied with guns blazing, claiming that she would “erase [Nicki’s] social security number.” Nicki finally addressed the hostility sans rapping on Hot 97 in which she called Kim “insecure” and claimed to be “opening doors” and making her more relevant then she had been in years. Still the clash continued, and Kim released a mixtape called, Black Friday the same week Minaj’s album Pink Friday was released. Most notably though was the cover of the mixtape which showed a knife wielding Kim surrounded by blood and Minaj’s signature pink wig by her side. After years of back and forth Nicki finally addressed the situation last year, claiming that she didn’t have beef with anyone. Hmmm.
The falling-out and fight between these two newcomers in the rap world began in early 2013. It initially occurred when Azealia Banks tweeted, “Seriously, if you are not born and raised in NY….DON’T CLAIM NY. YOU ARE NOT A NEW YORKER.” Shortly thereafter Angel Haze, who had recently recorded a song called, “New York”, responded to the Harlem rapper threatening to “shank” her. Banks never admitted that the tweet was about Haze stating that it was, “a very general tweet.” Angel wasn’t having it and went in further on the Banks by poking fun at her skin color, a statement which she later apologized for. The two continued the back and forth virtual catfight with Haze’s song, “On the Edge” and Banks response on her track, “No Problems.” At some point during the war of words media gossip king, Perez Hilton, became involved, siding with Haze and leaving Banks in hot water over calling the blogger “a messy faggot” for the decision. The beef eventually ended with Haze stating that it was “totally over” and wishing Banks “the upmost success” in which Azealia responded via Twitter (of course) thanking her for her kind words.
MC Lyte Vs. Antoinette
One of the very first catfights between female MCs dates way back to 1987, and it all started when hip hop duo Audio Two released their track,”Top Billin.” The song sampled the classic Honeydippers track, “Impeach the President” and became an instant hit. No one had any idea at the time that Audio Two would indirectly start a rivalry between female MCs Antoinette and MC Lyte, who also happened to be the sister of Audio Two’s Gizmo and Milk Dee. Shortly after “Top Billin” hit the airwaves Salt-N-Pepa producer Hurby “Luv Bug” Azor released a compilation hip-hop album including various artists such as Antoinette. The catfight started after the release of the album and Antoinette’s single “I Got An Attitude” in which she fired shots at MC Lyte. Not only did she diss the top female rapper in the game at the time, but the tracks beat sounded very similar to the beat in “Top Billin.” Lyte wasted no time and released “10% Diss” which soon became a classic. With no Twitter to dish out subliminal disses the two MC’s exchanged several diss tracks including Antoinette’s “Lights Out, Party Over” and MC Lyte’s “Shut the Eff Up! (Hoe)”
Although these two ladies are not actually rappers themselves, Amber Rose and Kim Kardashian have both dated one the reigning kings of current hip hop, Kanye West, and they are definitely considered women of the genre. Yes, Kim had West’s baby last year and plans to marry the rapper this summer but those plans didn’t commence without a bit of drama. The world was introduced to the buzzed-cut beauty, Amber Rose, back in 2008 when she went from stripper and video vixen to Kanye West’s main chick. The couple was arguably one of the most talked about and photographed pair during their two-year courtship, leading some to think that they would last forever. However the couple split in 2010 and soon enough, the rapper was in a full-fledged relationship with the Kim. Not only was a side eye given to the “new” couple due to the fact that Kim was still the wife of NBA Player Kris Humphries but Amber opened up to Star Magazine shortly thereafter claiming that Kim was a “home wrecker” (specifically: ""Kim is the home wrecker, I'm not the home wrecker. I don't date men in relationships; I don't do that to other women"), and the reason her and Kanye split. Kim responded to the accusations via Twitter, subliminally calling Amber jealous.
Foxy Brown Vs. Jackie-O
The majority of catfights in hip-hop don’t end in physical altercations, but when they do, it gets ugly. Foxy Brown and Jackie-O are a prime example of this. Their catfight started in the spring of 2005 in a recording studio in Miami. According to Jackie-O the rapper was there recording an Unusual Suspects-produced track with MC Gravy when Brown arrived to the session in the wee hours of the morning. Apparently infuriated by O’s lack of acknowledgment for her when she entered the studio Brown went off screaming, “You don’t know who the fuck I am?” and proceeded to tell the MC she needed to “bow down.” After a relentless effort to calm Brown down by multiple people in the studio the two MCs ultimately came to physical blows. O later commented saying, “I did not go there to get in an altercation. I went to work and didn’t know I would be winning an ass-kicking contest.” When asked about the brawl in an interview not long after, Brown denied any physical contact between the two women. Regardless Jackie-O released "TKO", a diss record directed toward Brown.
Hip Hop's "Queen Bee", Lil Kim declared that the beef between her and rapper Remy Ma started with Remy “talking reckless” about her several times on the radio, all the while pretending to be her friend socially, even going as far as showing up at one of Kim’s private parties. Remy also released a diss record directed toward Kim called “When I See Her” in a video on Youtube. The rapper initially denied that the track was bout Kim, although the truth was blatant to everyone, especially an infuriated Kim. In the video containing the track Remy could be seen mocking Kim and claiming that her career was over. In the radio interview previously mentioned by Kim as the quarrel's spark, Remy called out Kim on her looks and claimed she had “more ghostwriters then [Foxy] Brown.” The catfight between the two rappers subsided for the most part until a few years later when Remy called Kim out as a “hater” for her feud with rapper Nicki Minaj.
It seems as though Azealia Banks has no filter, and some have referred to her multiple hostile public altercations as career sabotage. This catfight initially began when Banks tweeted “Fuck Iggy Azalea, I had a song called “Pussy” before she ever did. Here’s a link to my song. Its better.” The clash seemed to be over for a short time but with the launch of XXL Magazine’s 2012 Freshman cover came yet another infamous Twitter rant from Banks. The cover included Azalea and Banks simply wasn’t having it. “Iggy Azalea on the XXL freshman list is all wrong” Tweeted the then 20-year-old rapper. She then called the blonde bombshell out on a questionable remark she made in one of her tracks in which she refers to herself as a “runaway slave master.” Iggy swiftly responded, blocking her on Twitter. She wasn’t finished though and when asked about Banks in a magazine interview sheresponded “I don’t think anything about that girl man, she fucking talks shit out of her arse…”
HotNewHipHop takes a look at the other side of music industry "beef" with 10 of the top catfights in hip-hop history.
Beefs between rappers in hip hop are nothing new. Through the years we’ve seen infamous rivalries in the rap world, the most prominent being 2Pac and The Notorious B.I.G’s East Coast/West Coast feud and perhaps the Jay Z and Nas New York rap war.
Likened to these beefs are the numerous catfights that have occurred over the years in hip hop, although catfights never seem to make quite the same impact as the male-driven beefs. Female rappers and the women of hip hop have become more accepted by the mainstream these days, and the ladies remain painfully aware that in order to rule hip hop they must fight for their place in the spotlight and the title of Queen. It’s no shock that when it comes to the spotlight, just like the men in the game, they approach these conflicts in a competitive and combative nature. There is no denying that the females of hip hop fight just as dirty as the men.
So, with that being said, here goes the top 10 most infamous hip hop catfights.