Hip Hop Culture for Grown-Ups
Words by Cordrick Ramey
Beef. Beef is the culinary name for meat from bovines, especially cattle. Beef can be harvested from bulls, heifers, or steers. Its acceptability as a food source varies in different parts of the world. Or, the other definition: to have a grudge or start one with another person. Of course we are talking about the latter. Throughout the history of hip hop, people have always found a way to have a problem, misunderstanding , or general dislike for another person. So this week’s installment of 5-10-15-20 is dedicated to what else…Beef.
Ross was riding high on the success of BMF (Blowin Money Fast) at the time. Meanwhile, Young Jeezy, who had actual ties to BMF (Black Mafia Family), didn’t take to kindly to the tune. Even though he obviously separated himself from BMF when the shit hit the fan, he still felt affiliated enough to take offense to Ross speaking the name. Shortly thereafter he released “Death Before Dishonor.”
Ross responded quickly with “The Summer’s Mine.”
Big Meech responded himself on the matter concerning Young Jeezy and basically called him a liar.
Winner: Rick Ross
Back in 2005 G-Unit was poised to be the next NWA. One man decided to leave the fold and damn near took out the whole organization. The beef between 50 Cent and Game came into fruition because 50 thought Game was being disloyal in other beefs that the Unit was involved in at the time. 50 went on to kick him out of G-Unit on Hot 97, a station where The Game had done an interview hours earlier. Physical altercations took place soon after, but The Game struck first on wax with “300 Bars and Runnin.”
50 fired back with “Not Rich Still Lying.”
Obviously not taking the beef seriously on wax, 50 wanted to play comic. But only one of them were joking when it came to rhymes.
Winner: The Game
15 Years Ago…2000
Scarface, Rap-A-Lot Records, and the F.B.I.
Couldn’t really locate a real rap beef in the year 2000. So instead I focused on a real beef.
From the stellar album, “Last Of A Dying Breed,” Scarface delivered a tale of conspiracies, snitches and undercover FBI agents. Sounds like a typical rap tune, however, every word was true. J. Prince had undercover agents really seeking out a way to make Rap-A-Lot fall. I wonder how careful Scarface had to be to deliver this song lyrically. When the smoke cleared, Rap-A-Lot business continued as usual and Scarface had scored one of the only records to diss the FBI and actually name names.
This year saw a lot of beefs at their infant stage. Suge Knight called out Bad Boy at The Source Awards that year.
But the beef that was in full swing for a lot of us in the south was Mystikal versus UNLV.
Based on a long standing beef, in which Mystikal believed Yella Boy from UNLV was involved with the murder of his sister, he unleashed my favorite Mystikal track ever.
Technically released in 1996, UNLV struck right back with Drag’em In The River. Maybe you heard the beat before.
Winner: I seriously can’t call it. Both of these songs hit hard. I would say Mystikal for the one verses three ratio and longevity.
[Editor’s note: Yella Boy was subsequently murdered, and rumor has it that Birdman was behind it.]
As always, questions, comments and suggestions accepted.