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.
Nas (left), "Ether" (2001)
Target: Jay-Z (right)
Beef: After the Notorious B.I.G. was murdered in 1997, the title of King of New York was up for grabs—and when Hova debuted "Takeover" ("Ask Nas, he don't want it with Hov', nooooo!") at radio station Hot 97's Summer Jam in 2001, Nas took the bait, setting off the greatest rap battle of the modern era.
Dis: "Put it together, I rock hoes, y'all rock fellas/ And now y'all try to take my spot, fellas?/ Philly's hot rock fellas, put you in a dry spot, fellas/ In a pine box with nine shots from my glock, fellas/ Foxy got you hot 'cause you kept your face in her puss/ What you think, you getting girls now 'cause of your looks?/ Ne-gro please/ You no mustache having, with whiskers like a rat."