Rap's Grade-A Beefs: 10 Memorable Smackdowns
Since the moment hip-hop emerged as a genre, MCs have been striving to one-up one another with ever-more-outrageous disses. Here, our subjective and highly unscientific guide to the best zingers of all time. Plus, read why rap beefs have all become catfights.
Dr. Dre (left), guest rapping on Eminem's "Say What You Say" (2002)
Target: Jermaine Dupri (right)
Beef: Just a few weeks after stopping by Dr. Dre's studio to ask if he wanted to collaborate on a song, Jermaine Dupri (who rose to fame producing the teen rap duo Kris Kross) gave an interview to XXL magazine claiming to be the best hip-hop producer around and specifically calling out Dr. Dre and Timbaland as his inferiors. Dre immediately put him in his place.
Dis: "I'ma giant, and I ain't gotta move till I'm provoked/ When I see you, I'ma step on you and not even know it/ Ya midget, Mini-Me, with a bunch of little Mini-Yous/ Running around your backyard swimming pools/ Over 80 million records sold/ And I ain't had to do it with 10- or 11-year-olds."