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.
LL Cool J (left), "Jack the Ripper" (1988)
Target: Kool Moe Dee (right)
Beef: After KMD released How Ya Like Me Now, whose cover showed LL Cool J's trademark red Kangol hat getting crushed by a Jeep, LL fired back, setting off a four-year battle.
Dis: "How you like me now, punk? You living foul/ Here's what my game is, kill is what my aim is/ A washed-up rapper needs a washer, my name is/ Jack the Ripper."