When 50 Cent's rap career took off in 2003, the Get Rich Or Die Tryin' rapper formed G-Unit, which consisted of Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo and Young Buck. The crew released two albums, but in 2008 Young Buck was kicked out of the group for alleged disloyalty. In 2014, the remaining three members went their separate ways. But "Fiddy" surprised everyone on June 1st when he brought the original members (including Young Buck) out on stage at HOT 97's Summer Jam. The group has since revealed plans to drop a new album later this year.
11 Rappers Who Squashed Their Beef
After a fight between entourages that turned into an all-out brawl (one that almost ended Tony Parker's NBA career) at a New York City nightclub, the Drake/Chris Brown beef had officially begun. Rumor had it the feud initially began over sultry songstress Rihanna. The two took subliminal shots at each other in their songs over the next year, which saw much more legal trouble for Chris Breezy. But at the 2014 ESPY Awards, the two took a lighthearted shot at their own highly-publicized friction when they appeared together in a skit.
In the early '90s, the West Coast became a dangerous place to be as colors and record labels began to collide head on. Platinum rapper/producer DJ Quik and Compton's Most Wanted rhymer, MC Eiht, traded barbs at each other on songs throughout the '90s, including the scathing diss track from the Murder Was The Case Soundtrack titled "Dollaz + Sense" by DJ Quik. With both having matured over the years, they stopped dissing each other publicly in 2002 and have since even talked about making music together in the future. It's still a Compton thing.
The feud between Game and Lil Durk was actually born out of Durk's feud with Tyga. Game, who is no stranger to arbitrary conflict, decided that any shot at Compton was a shot at him and ran with it. In fact, the "Hate It Or Love It" MC took aim at the entire 2014 XXL Freshman Class (which happens to include Durk) on the song "Bigger Than Me." Things looked like they might get ugly when Durk took a shot at Game's family, but before the beef went too far, both artists took to social media to announce that they spoke and settled their differences.
EPMD duo Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith were one of the hottest new acts in hip-hop in the late '80s. But after five years and four albums together, Erick Sermon, AKA "The Green Eyed Bandit," hired a couple of guys to rob his partner-in-rhyme's house while he was still in it. The ensuing breakup lasted five years until 1997 when the pair released Back In Business. Though they would go their separate ways once again after 1999's Out Of Business, the two would reunite once again in 2008 with We Mean Business and still perform together.
Down south heavyweights Young Jeezy and Rick Ross had traded taunts and insults over the years, but things got ugly between the two at the 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards when the two hip-hop juggernauts and their entourages became entangled in a brawl that nearly shut the whole show down. In 2014, the two settled their differences with some help from T.I. and took their newfound friendship to the next level musically when they collaborated on the track "War Ready" from Ricky Rozay's latest album, Mastermind.
When Eminem exploded into fame in 1998, he featured one of Detroit's finest MCs, Royce 5'9", on a song from The Slim Shady LP titled "Bad Meets Evil," exposing the meticulous rhymer to the world. Em also started D12 with a collection of his friends from the 313. Things soured between Royce and the crew, and the result was a slew of diss records hurled back and forth from one side to the other. Things almost got violent when Royce mentioned deceased D12 member Bugz on one of his songs. The two sides would eventually make up, partially due to the murder of Eminem sidekick Proof in 2006. Royce and Emimen even recorded an EP together under the name Bad Meets Evil and Royce is currently signed to Slim's label as part of the group Slaughterhouse.
Before Common and Ice Cube were known all over the world for their work on the big screen, the two were embroiled in one of hip-hop's more notable battles of the '90s, beginning with Ice Cube and Westside Connection's "Westside Slaughterhouse." Common responded with "The Bitch In Yoo" and the feud was full-blown. Though both sides have matured with age, they had never officially squashed their beef. But in July 2014, Common extended the first olive branch when he said he would do a movie with Ice Cube. Cube has yet to respond, but with both men doing big things on the big screen, the collabo is definitely a possibility in the near future. Hopefully they'll jump on a track together as well.
In a feud that pitted generations against one another, Everlast took aim at Eminem during his guest verse on Dilated People's "Eardrum Pop." The Angry Blonde responded with "I Remember," going off on Whitey Ford for everything from the way he switched his style to his potentially fatal heart attack. The two continued to throw shade each other's way, but in a 2013 interview, La Coka Nostra MC Slaine said the two collaborated on a track for Busta Rhymes. Eminem confirmed that the beef was dead in an interview with Vibe.
Though the cause has never been revealed, Trey Songz and August Alsina were R&Beefing in early 2014. In an interview with HOT 97, August said there was no issue between him and the "Nana" singer. The rising stars took shots at each other through the media, which left a lot of ladies wondering how serious it was going to get. The two let the world know that they had squashed their beef back in June when they appeared together onstage at the BET Awards for a performance of "I Luv This Shit."
Back in 2001, Jay Z shocked everyone when he called out Queensbridge MC Nas during his set at HOT 97's Summer Jam. Hov then released "Takeover," on which he went all the way in on his NY rival. Nas responded in a big way later that year with the track "Ether," from his album Stillmatic. The two traded jabs over the next two years on songs as well as interviews. But in 2005, the two hip-hop heavyweights surprised everybody when they reunited on stage at Power 105.1's annual Powerhouse concert. Then president of Def Jam, Jay wound up signing Nasty Nas to a record deal and the two collaborated on multiple songs. And the winner is hip-hop.
Tyga Announces Release Date For "The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty"
Tyga reveals via Twitter that "The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty" is dropping on November 18th.
We give you the run-down on rappers who were able to put their beef in the past.
Like boxing, hip-hop has always been driven by competition. But while the masses love it when top tier MCs go after each other in lyrical (or these days, reality show-style physical) combat, everybody loves a happy ending. After the tragic deaths of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls, hip-hop has become more conscious about settling these things before they get out of hand. With hip-hop now getting up there in years, there are also older MCs to offer insight to the hot-tempered younger generation and see things more long-term. Even if it might seem that each side hates each other when they're entangled in a no-holds-barred war of words, game recognize game and most times the respect is always there. From 50 Cent reuniting with his former G-Unit soldiers onstage, to New York heavyweights Jay Z and Nas collaborating on tracks, the only thing that's often more lucrative than the conflict is the resolution.