This beef is unlike any other hip-hop news this year as this was strictly legal, and is still getting battled in federal court. It started when Will.i.am sued Pharrell over the latter's ‘I am OTHER’ brand, citing it’s too close to his copyrighted “I AM” phrase. Pharrell countersued saying that Will is using it in a Seussian (yes, Dr.Seuss) way and that Pharrell is using it in a completely different way. Unless this issue is resolved quickly, this beef could be battled out in courts for a long time. It also seems completely silly.
Azealia Banks vs Everyone:
Azealia Banks got into futile, inane fights with a number of celebrities and even her fans this year. She was everywhere, spitting venom and backing it up with no music, just empty words and threats. The Harlem native beefed with A$AP Rocky, telling him to come out of the closet. She ended a set after a fan threw a beer can at her. Banks got mad at Diplo & Baauer (over the "Harlem Shake" track), Angel Haze (over some subliminal tweets), Perez Hilton (she called him a homophobic slur), Pharrell (for not supporting her single "ATMJAM") and even had time to start beef with Rita Ora over jelly sandals. Geez!
We're not sure how much of a "beef" this was, but there was definitely some back-and-forth between Childish Gambino and Lupe Fiasco this year. When Gambino was promoting his album, Because The Internet, on the Breakfast Club he stated that Lupe sneak-dissed him. Childish referred to when Lupe said he wouldn’t collaborate with the rapper because he doesn’t “work with blacks.” Lupe responded by saying he was joking, Childish retaliated with a Chief Keef quote, "Lupe fiasco a hoe ass nigga And wen I see him I'ma smack him like da lil bitch he is." But, Lupe got the last word with tweets stating he watches more anime than Donald Glover.
Joey Bada$$ definitely has built himself a reputation on Twitter. He's an in-the-moment tweeter, which inevitabley can cause some issues or beefs depending on the nature of these spontaneous tweets. It can even result in a rash move to delete his entire Twitter account, apparently over beef with Lil B's loyal fanbase, the Task Force. This whole beef seems to have been a misunderstanding, as Lil B thought that a line Joey tweeted from "Survival Tactics" was a direct shot at him (although it was just a quote from a Capital STEEZ verse, "Tell the Based God don't quit his day job,"). After the two traded jabs, the BasedGod dropped a diss track to Joey, and Joey returned the favor. The Task Force seemed too much for the NY native to handle, as he eventually deleted his Twitter, and after a two-day break, returned to the Twitter game saying that "this twitter shit gets addictive..thats y i deleted it."
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Lil B - I'm The Bada$$ (Joey Bada$$ Diss) brought to you by Hotnewhiphop
Now we can definitely blame this one on Rihanna. The singer uses her social networks to do whatever the ~fuck~ she wants, and sometimes that means taking aim at fellow artists. For what appeared to be absolutely no reason at all, Rih Rih decided to use her massive star power to make fun of an Instagram video posted by G.O.O.D. singer Teyana Taylor. Teyana didn't take this lying down, as the two launched a full-out Twitter war, which involved changing their AVIs and headers (see above) to insult each other. It didn't end on Twitter though, Teyana went on to speak out against Rihanna's social network antics and called her a "cyber bully." That was in September, but just past month Teyana really felt the effect of the beef, as she was reportedly dropped from adidas because of it.
Kanye West vs Jimmy Kimmel:
This was just strange. Jimmy Kimmel, the late-night comedian known for his spoof videos, entertaining gags and celebrity impressions made a parody video of a recent Kanye West interview with BBC. Kanye took to Twitter to lash out at Kimmel about the video, stating that he his pride was hurt, he thought Kimmel was a friend. Among Kanye's qualms with Kimmel he tweeted, "JIMMY KIMMEL IS OUT OF LINE TO TRY AND SPOOF IN ANY WAY THE FIRST PIECE OF HONEST MEDIA IN YEARS." Yeezy even got personal with his tweets, "YOU CAN'T PUT YOURSELF IN MY SHOES. YOUR FACE LOOKS CRAZY… IS THAT FUNNY?… OR IF I HAD A KID SAY IT WOULD IT BE FUNNY???" It didn't end there, as 'Ye made a meme (in the gallery above) of Kimmel making a funny face with the words, "NO GOOD PUSSY." Eventually Kanye and Kimmel talked it out on the late-night show and squashed their beef, both claimed it was not a publicity stunt.
Trinidad James vs NYC:
Just a few weeks ago, Trinidad James called out the rap scene in New York, stating that the South runs the city musically-- this happened to be during a live show in NYC. Maino, a Brooklyn native, was none too happy about this proclamation and responded angrily on Twitter about it. Maino had a phone call with Trinidad James which was recorded, demanding an apology while defending his native New York. His pride was definitely hurt. Check out some of the incriminating tweets in the gallery above, and listen to the phone call here.
Chris Brown seems to always be beefing with someone. In 2012, it was his infamous nightclub brawl with Drake and at the beginning of 2013, him and the universally-loved Frank Ocean got into a late-night brawl outside a studio in L.A. The beef sustained its heat all year as Frank Ocean took some subliminal shots with his verse on Earl Sweatshirt’s, “Sunday” before wearing a shirt with Chris Brown’s face on it, the tagline of which said, “Wanted! Stop Domestic Violence”-- a clear reference to Brown’s infamous assault on Rihanna in 2009. The beef will continue in court, as it's reported Frank Ocean's cousin is actually suing Breezy over the studio fight, and Brown, in turn, is countersuing. One can safely say these two won’t be exchanging Christmas cards this year.
Early on in 2013, Cassidy and Meek Mill went at each others throats, releasing diss tracks, "R.A.I.D" and "Repo" respectively. This beef, which actually began at the end of 2012 over some misconstrued comments from Meek, continued all year, the latest shot being fired in September. The two Philly emcee’s released two more tracks aimed at one another, and then Meek took to an MTV interview to elaborate on his feelings about Cassidy, mentioning that he went too far by name-dropping Lil Snupe, a close comrade of Meek, on his "Catch A Body" diss track. Peep some of the tweets from Meek about Cassidy in the gallery above and two of their diss records below.
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Meek Mill - Repo (Cassidy Diss) brought to you by Hotnewhiphop
Lil Wayne vs Miami:
Lil Wayne went off on the Miami Heat and the city of Miami when he got kicked out of a game against the L.A. Lakers in February. At the subsequent NBA all-star performance, Weezy targeted certain Heat players, even going as far as to start chants like, “Fuck Lebron,” “Fuck Bosh,” etc. He went on to say he fucked Chris Bosh’s wife and targeted other Heat players before Pitbull, a Miami native, responded with a diss track (he wasn't the only one to speak out against Wayne's antics-- Trick Daddy and Uncle Luke did too) which Weezy tweeted back at saying, “Dam pit bull bro I thought u was kool." Although Weezy did eventually apologize to the city of Miami, time still hasn’t healed all wounds for the New Orleans native.
2013 was not Gucci Mane’s year. Taking potshots at Eminem, 2 Chainz, Tyga, Drake amongst others, Gucci went on to have a long drawn-out feud with both Waka Flocka and Nicki Minaj. Gucci went on a rant about Waka Flocka on Twitter, comically misspelling his name throughout, allegedly dropping him from Brick Squad. Waka responded with empathy, saying Gucci needs medical help and reaffirmed the fact that Nicki Minaj did not sleep with Gucci, after he took to Twitter to say that the two had hooked up. Gucci has since gone on to sue Waka Flocka and the Atlanta native’s mother. He’s also checked into rehab, an racked up federal gun charges. Let's hope 2014 is nicer to GuWop.
Check out all the tweets Gucci sent out on his rant against half of the rap game here.
HNHH gives you an overview of the biggest hip-hop beefs of the year 2013.
Hip-hop and beef are synonymous with one another. The nature of the game is competitive, and so stars are always getting into tussles with one another, diss tracks are released (if you're Papoose, it often appears for no reason whatsoever), and with help from social networks like Twitter, we often have feuds occurring over the insignificant issues. 2013 was no different from past years, and some of the names involved in this year's beefs you may remember from last year as well-- beefs are often on-going and re-occurring. While feuds can sometimes damage a career and they can also sometimes bring new life into one, and most of all, they're entertaining.
So without further adue, HotNewHipHop breaks down the Top Beefs of 2013 today (eleven total), from the likes of Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka, Meek Mill and Cassidy, Chris Brown and Frank Ocean and several others.