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.
2Pac (left), "Hit 'Em Up" (1996)
Target: Bad Boy Records (right)
Beef: After being shot five times and robbed in a New York recording studio in November 1994, 2Pac accused Bad Boy Records head Puffy Combs and label star Notorious B.I.G. of ordering the attack, setting the East Coast-West Coast feud on its fatal course.
Dis: "First off, fuck your bitch and the clique you claim/ West side when we ride come equipped with game/ You claim to be a player, but I fucked your wife/ We bust on Bad Boys, niggas fuck for life/ Plus Puffy tryin' ta see me weak hearts I rip/ Biggie Smalls and Junior M.A.F.I.A. some mark-ass bitches."