Beef; The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Part 1

I love peace and harmony but I live in the real world. Beef is very necessary and welcomed situation that is embraced in Hip Hop. I believe Hip Hop should not be a case of rappers sitting around a camp-fire, hand in hand, singing Kumbaya. Put simply, negativity spreads faster. Hip Hop in a metaphorical sense is a blood sport – where we as the audience are intrigued onlookers. In the Hip Hop culture everybody wants to be the best. Growing up in London, this is very much echoed as people feel like their swag can allow them to float on water. The dichotomy in life exists between wanting to see our gangster rappers do gangster things and praying for peace when shit turns left.

A “friend of the label” and I had a conversation in his German vehicle this past weekend. He does not hold his tongue for nobody and I always pay him the proper respect as shit can turn left in a heart-beat despite me being a dear friend. One minute Rams can be up and then the next minute I may be on the ground from a “clothesline from hell.”

“We need to routinely test people’s characters in life. If you claim you are from ends and present yourself like you exist above all grievances you are a coward”

I wondered if he was sneak dissing me, which I would have loved but he was sending for the world. His message was “anybody can get it.” I agree. If you want to sneak diss or troll in the comments or on social media, it would be received well. I would love that. It’s all banter at the end of the day.

“You wanna hear something positive – Go buy a Kirk Franklin CD,
You wanna talk about God and stuff Yuh’Kno’Wha’Im’sayin”


French Montana was ALLEGEDLY ‘probably in another dimension’ when he dropped this quote but I agree with it wholeheartedly. There is a lane for everybody. If you like positive rap then this post is not for you.

The Good – Jay Z vs Nas

In my opinion the best hip hop beef of all time. Both icons. Both kept it on wax. This beef had it all and it divided radio, communities and fellow entertainers. As for the two beef “reccids” (records), they will undoubtedly reside in the top 5 diss tracks of all time.”Takeover” and “Ether” both landed heavy hitting lines that are still cited 15 years on.

You are all well versed with the lyrics Takeover and Ether – or am I wrong?

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 01: Jay-Z performs during the Budweiser Made In America Festival Benefiting The United Way - Day 1 at Benjamin Franklin Parkway on September 1, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

Jay Z – King of Brooklyn

The cocky native of Brooklyn’s Marcy Projects was ready to make it “official” by assuming the crown as the King of New York. Jigga released his slow-burner and critically acclaimed first album “Reasonable Doubt” in 1996 but 5 years later he was in a different space altogether. He was THE commercially successful rapper who had switched up his earlier flows and content. Jigga like all rappers is sensitive and did not feel like Nas who was a major musical influence to him was giving him his props. Nas did not show up to the set for the song “Can I live” so Jigga had to pen (or memorise – whatever you choose to believe) a verse in 20 mins. In addition, Jigga felt the song “We Will Survive” by Nas did not put enough “respeck” on his name as Nas credited Biggie and 2Pac but there was no props for Jigga.

Unbeknownst to us at the time Jigga was having relations with Nas’ Baby Moms but I will not afford her the platform by way of an image. The sneak disses started as a result, which are well worth listening to and digesting all the shots.

Memphis Bleek  – “What You Think Of That” feat Jay Z; Nas – “Nastradamus”

Missy-  “Is That Your Bitch” feat Jay Z and Memphis Bleek; Nas – “Come Get Me”; Jay Z  – “Come Get Me”

Jay Z – “Takeover (Summerjam); Nas –  “Stillmatic Freestyle”

Jay Z –  “Takeover” (Blueprint)

Nas – “Ether”

Jay Z “Super Ugly”; Jay Z “Blueprint 2”; Nas “Last Real Nigga Alive”

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Nas – The Poet of Queens

Nas was the underdog in the commercial circuit at the time but the hood still very much loved Nas. I mean the man dropped THE best Hip Hop album of all time – Illmatic. His rhymes and the format of how Illmatic was put together with all the biggest Hip Hop producers changed the landscape of the music genre forever. Nas had dropped 2 great albums and then the 2 he dropped in 1999 were not as well received. Many fans felt that Nas had fallen off. Production wise he was nowhere near Jigga, which has been the ongoing criticism of his career but if you just look at the raw elements of what makes an MC – Nas is very much the one who influences.

Who won?

Nas. Nas changed the way I looked at Jay Z for a long time.

The “factual” lyrics and calm delivery on Takeover is a move that an egomaniac like myself can appreciate. Production wise with The Doors sample and the drums “Takeover” is the better song. Jay Z is a laid-back character who delivers spiteful and powerful lyrics with a calm persona but this was not the time for all that shit. Jigga was not playing with Mobb Deep -who were not on his level.

Some say Nas was too emotional in Ether but I disagree. If you wanna hear calm music you can sign up for Yoga and get your downward dog on. Check “Stillmatic Freestyle” and get back to me.

I showed you your first TEC (me, that’s who), on tour with Large Professor

Then I heard your album about your TEC on the dresser

So yeah, I sampled your voice, you was using it wrong

You made it a hot line, I made it a hot song

And you ain’t get a coin, nigga, you was getting fucked then

I know who I paid, God – Serchlite publishing

Use your (brain)

You said you’ve been in this 10, I’ve been in it 5 – smarten up, Nas

4 albums in 10 years, nigga? I could divide

That’s one every…let’s say 2

2 of them shits was due

1 was “nah,” the other was Illmatic

That’s a one-hot-album-every-10-year average

And that’s so (lame)

But this is what niggas really wanna hear…

Is he Dame Diddy, Dame Daddy or Dame Dummy?

Oh, I get it, you Biggie and he’s Puffy

Rocafella died of AIDS, that was the end of his chapter

And that’s the guy y’all chose to name your company after?

Put it together, I rock hoes, y’all rock fellas

And now y’all try to take my spot, fellas

Feel these hot rocks fellas, put you in a dry spot, fellas

In a pine box with nine shots from my Glock, fellas

Foxy got you hot, cause you kept your face in her puss

What you think, you getting girls now cause of your looks

Ne-gro please, you no mustache having

With whiskers like a rat, compared to Beans you whack

And your man stabbed Un and made you take the blame

You ass, went from Jaz to hanging with Kane, to Irv, to B.I.G

And Eminem murdered you on your own shit

You a dick-riding faggot, you love the attention

Keep it locked for the 2nd and 3rd part to the Beef trilogy.


2 thoughts on “Beef; The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Part 1

    1. Thank you, I am humbled.
      We possess that talent. Stay locked for the next two entries in the series.

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