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.
Meek Mill vs. Wale The beef: Still fuming about Drake, Meek Mill went after his Maybach Music Group crew-mate Wale when the noted Seinfeld fan called Meek out for bringing "a pencil to a gunfight" against the victorious Canadian. Ol' Twitter Fingers took his pain to Instagram this time and encouraged Wale to "jump off a roof like u been tryna do chump." Wale took the nonsense in stride, even tweeting that he was "currently lookin for a roof." Even though boss man Rick Ross swooped in and initially diffused the whole situation, they're still going after each other on social media.
The victor: Wale. He has stayed classy throughout. Plus, The Album About Nothing is way more better than Dreams and Nightmares.
Rick Ross vs. 50 Cent
The beef: Speaking of the Teflon Don, Ross spent most of the year in an Instagram blood feud with old rival Fiddy. In between frequent reminders that Empire is just a pale knockoff of Power (which he produces), Curtis Jackson targeted Rozay for his "body tattoo" T-shirt and Wingstop franchise, which caused Ross to hit below the belt by saying that 50 Cent's estranged son had applied for an internship at MMG and that he'd be taking the boy under his wing. Yeah, Fif didn't take that well.
The victor: Neither. Ross gained the upper hand by fighting dirty to get the trolling 50 all riled up, but did anybody really win in this snitty bitch-off?