Thirty years ago, if rappers had beefs with each other, they'd usually settle it with diss tracks or battle-rap sessions. Twenty years ago, if rappers had beefs with each other, it unfortunately led to gunfire and people getting shot or killed. These days, if rappers have beefs with each other, they do it the only way they know how: they bitch about it on social media.
It's been slightly depressing keeping tabs on all of the shit that caused high-profile (and low-profile) rappers to go into shots-fired mode on Twitter, Instagram and other outlets, but welcome to 2015, the year of pathetic rap beefs. Let's recap the many visible hip-hop spats that took place over the past 12 months.
Drake vs. Meek Mill
The beef: The most talked-about beef of the year started when the Philly MC went off on the Canadian emo-rap king with a series of tweets, accusing him of not writing his own raps. Instead of going to social media, Drake actually took it back to the old school. First, he dropped a diss track called "Charged Up," which people thought was just OK and which Meek himself called "baby lotion soft." Drake must've thought the same thing, since he followed it up with the more charged "Back to Back." After a few days of silence, Meek came with his own diss track, "Wanna Know," which sadly proved he may not be cut out for the beefing life.
The victor: Drake. "Back to Back" recently became the first diss record to get nominated for a Grammy, while people in the industry are still reminding Meek who won.