Friday, September 20, 2013

Forgot About that $#!+ Friday: A Real Rap Feud

By Joe Parello  @HerewegoJoe

Allow me to take you back to a time when feuds between popular artists didn't start with someone claiming to have invented "hashtag" rapping, and didn't end with each artists' crew throwing some bottles in the VIP of a nightclub.

No, I'm talking about back when hip hop feuds were unnecessarily real.

Like, "Tupac got shot in a building that Biggie and Puffy were at. That $#!+ ain't no coincidence! Time to take care of bin-ess" real.

2Pac vs Biggie; West Coast vs East Coast; Suge Knight vs Puff Daddy's Many Nicknames

As I said above, this feud began when Tupac was shot outside of New York's Quad Studios, where Biggie and his producer Sean "Puffy" Combs (Aka, Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, Diddy, Diddyo, Did, Diddy Did It) were apparently also recording.

Despite the fact that Pac and Big were buddies before the incident, Tupac claimed that Biggie and Diddy set him up. It may have been because, in the worst timed single release of all time, Biggie's "Who Shot Ya?" hit radio waves shortly thereafter.


Tupac responded with, probably, the greatest attack rap song of all time, "Hit Em Up," where he claims, among other things, that he had sex with Biggie's wife Faith Evans, calls him fat (Was it really necessary to go there, Pac?), and asserts that his "fo-fo make sure all yo kidz don't grow." Which is, of course, loosely translated to "I will murder all of your children with my .44 Magnum."

At the 1995 Source Awards, Suge Knight of Tupac's Death Row Records insulted Diddy for dancing around in videos and being a camera hog/wannabe. Puffy tried to defuse the situation with a speech later in the night, but Death Row artists Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg were booed by the New York crowd after Dre won the award for Producer of the year, leading to the least mellow Snoop Dogg we've ever seen.
Magazines quickly dubbed it the "East Coast vs West Coast" rap war, but things got all too real when Tupac was shot and killed in Las Vegas in 1996 following a Mike Tyson fight, and Biggie too was gunned down six months later.

Both murders remain unsolved, but CNN seems to think Suge Knight and a bunch of crooked cops were behind each of them. It would certainly make a good movie...
Yeah, take that Chris Brown and Drake. You want to have a real feud? Time to start using lethal force, not catchy R&B insults.

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