6 Lopsided Hip-Hop Beefs: Eminem, Cassidy, El-P Eviscerate Foes
Meek Mill is trying to put this whole Drake beef behind him, as the latter emcee has won on every front—from diss tracks to social media—since the former decided it would be wise to accuse him of ghostwriting. We always here about the great rap rivalries—Biggie vs. Tupac, Jay vs. Nas—but we tend to forget about the emcees who get rolled over, just like what happened to Mill. We'll take the attention off of him for a while with this collection of one-sided bar-fights.
Meek Mill vs. Cassidy
Ooh, sorry Meek. We're not down with you yet. You would think that Mill would learn something about starting fights he couldn't finish from a previous beef, but it turns out setting his eyes on Drake was actually downgrading his ambition from 2013, when he declared that he would battle fellow Philadelphia emcees such as Cassidy or Murda Mook for $100,000. Note: If you haven't heard of those latter two, know that they're battle rappers, born and raised to spit disses, not hooks. Cassidy agreed, at which point—stop us if this sounds familiar—Mill began showing less interest. Cassidy had to open the slinging, which he did with "Me, Myself and iPhone." Meek responded meekly. Cassidy ended the fight in the early rounds with "R.A.I.D," a ten-minute spectacle of embarrassment aimed at shaming Mill.
El-P vs. Sole
El-P was at the top of the independent hip-hop game long before he and Killer Mike got Run The Jewels off the ground. As the cofounder of Definitive Jux, he also ran with Company Flow, one of the most respected independent hip-hop outfits on the East Coast. Anticon was an independent label on the West Coast, and even indies like coastal beefs, apparently. Member Sole decided to take shots at Company Flow and El-P in one of his tracks, which irked the leader of the dissed group. He called Sole to confront him about it, clearly catching the rapper off guard. The attacking emcee admitted he had nothing but love for Company Flow, sounding quite frightened to be confronted. El recorded the exchange and opened his track "Linda Tripp" (a reference to the woman who recorded her conversation with Monica Lewinsky, opening up that whole can o' worms).
Eminem vs. Ja Rule
Eminem makes a pretty good target for beefs. For one, if you want to get any attention, you have to go for the biggest fishes in the pond. Secondly, some rappers still saw his skin tone as a target at this point. For Ja Rule, the benefits of attacking Eminem were doubled by the fact that he was affiliated with 50 Cent, one of Ja's rival from the homeland of Queens. We're sure Eminem just treated it like any other beef until Ja took things a little too far on "Loose Change." He refers to the drug problems of Em's mother and the marital problems with the emcee's ex, and then implies Mathers' daughter will turn out the same. Somewhat questionable taste, but that's battle rap. It's more relevant that Ja forgot whom he was speaking to. Eminem brought all of D12 down on Murder Inc.
Jay Z vs. Cam'Ron, Jim Jones
This one's a little confusing because the side representing Dipset (Cam'Ron and Jim Jones' Harlem hip-hop collective) seem to be constantly slinging mud in Jay Z's direction and the latter, more successful emcee only stops occasionally to wipe his face (because very little of it sticks). This, like Ja Rule versus Eminem, is an example of emcees biting off more than they can chew. Cam'Ron and Jim Jones should be very thankful for what they've managed to squeeze out of the hip-hop game. The possibility that they could hang with a Jay Z in action is...ridiculous. Remember the song "Ballin'?" That's literally the biggest thing those guys have turned out. Jones turned to autotune for "Pop Champagne." Jay quieted the track with "Death of Autotune."
Rick Ross vs. Kreyshawn
Kreyshawn was like...the less popular Iggy Azalea during her time. Azalea, while not immune from doing stupid stuff on social media, intelligently ignores most of the beef that other emcees send her way. She's not trying to convince anyone that she's the new Nas. Kreyshawn let her ego get ahead of her however when she dropped one line: "faker than Rick Ross." Everybody, except maybe Rick Ross, realizes that he was a cop before he was a rapper. That line came back to bite when the large rapper confronted her and her manager at the VMAs. She later claimed she wanted no beef...right before releasing a video mocking Ross' weight and the size of his genitals. She dropped an album in 2012...and then dropped off the map.
J. Cole vs. Diggy Simmons
Perhaps worried that people would only consider him as an heir to the hip-hop throne of Rev. Run of Run D.M.C. fame, son Diggy Simmons released the track "What You Say To Me" for allegedly spreading lies about his sister, Vanessa Simmons. Cole was initially uncomfortable with responding to the diss, knowing that regardless of well he demolished the younger Simmon, the kid was just 17 years-old at the time. Win or lose, it's a bad look. He got ahead of himself at a show with Kendrick Lamar however, both acknowledging Diggy's talent and reminding him he still ain't sh*t: "Picture me hating on a young n*gga with talent, caked out on his allowance." It'll do.