There are rappers in the industry who get along and create lots of hit songs together. Then there are others who will never ever set foot in the same studio together. Sometimes, these disagreements arise from minor beefs that spiraled out of control, label breakups, subliminal interview disses and the list just goes on and on. In the following article, we profile a handful of rappers who’ve effectively refused to work together. There are a few of them with issues that may possibly be ironed out in the future, and then there are some with deep disputes that will most likely remain unresolved for life. Read on below …
Nicki Minaj / Lil Kim
This one comes down to a case of two fierce ladies vying for the same coveted spot. One had a long reign as the queen of Hip-Hop and is not that relevant any more. The other is the new star on the scene making waves with hit songs, endorsement deals, movie appearances and everything else. Lil Kim claims that the beef goes much deeper than that, and she says that Nicki Minaj completely stole her style and image. On a recent visit to the Breakfast Club radio show to promote her new mixtape album, Kim said that the only way the two of them could ever mend the fences and work together in the future was if a hefty amount of money exchanged hands. She added that all the money had to be “up front” too. Once again, it seems like everything just comes down to the money.
Jay-Z and Beanie Sigel came together under the Roc-A-Fella Records umbrella. Beanie Sigel was the rough-edged, slick-rapping street rapper from Philly and Jay-Z was the co-founder and main talent on the roster. For several years, it was an extremely tight clique with Beanie and his crew even getting their own State Property clothing line to match the successful Roca Wear brand. But then there was the official split of Damon Dash and Jay-Z, and everything went awry. Beanie has made no secret that there were business deals and unfair agreements that left him out in the cold. In 2009, the Philly rapper put out a song called “I Go Off” airing out all his grievances with Jay-Z. The NYC rapper/mogul finally replied to that dis in a song from Drake’s last album called “Pound Cake.” It’s a shame because these two rappers were so tight at one point, and now they refuse to work with each other. That’s the way the cookie crumbles sometimes.
Gucci Mane/Young Jeezy:
The thing with rappers is they can’t seem to share anything: accolades, props, a stage or even a city. That common inflated ego problem seems to be the foundation of the beef between Atlanta rappers Gucci Mane and Young Jeezy. Both rappers are considered to be the hardest street rappers in Atlanta, and it doesn’t help that Gucci is one of the more unpredictable rappers in the game. Apparently the beef started when Gucci called Jeezy a sucker in an interview. Jeezy responded by calling Gucci Mane a retard – Gucci continued by recounting a story of Jeezy’s former girlfriend Keyshia Cole cheating on him with Puff Daddy. It all sounds like a petty high school dispute but trust us, this is quite serious. Gucci is currently in jail for other legal issues and Jeezy put out his latest album this year. We can be quite sure that no joint records from these two will happen in coming years.
Iggy Azalea / Snoop Dogg:
This is something that happened rather recently, and for the life of us, we can’t really figure out what spurred the disagreement between these two rappers. When one looks at this on the surface, there should be absolutely no reason for these two artists to be beefing. Snoop is an accomplished rap veteran and Iggy Azalea is a young hot upstart. It all happened when Snoop put up a derogatory meme on his Instagram showing a white albino lady titled “Iggy Azalea No Makeup.” Of course Iggy had to clap back and Snoop’s old crew The Dogg Pound even weighed in on the situation. Thankfully Atlanta rapper T.I. (whose label Grand Hustle has a deal with Iggy) reached out behind the scenes to Snoop Dogg and brokered a peaceful solution to the feud. So for now, it seems their differences have been ironed out but we don’t think these two will work together any time soon.
This is one of the most popular cases in Hip-Hop of two rappers who just can’t get along. The reason why everybody knows about this one is that at one point, these rappers were the hottest acts in Hip-Hop. Both hail from Queens, and this is one of those cases where one borough is just not big enough for two huge egos. The issue apparently started when 50 Cent emerged on the scene in the late 90’s and Ja Rule got robbed for his jewelry by one of Fiddy’s friends. Another story about the genesis of their beef revolves around an altercation that happened at a video shoot for Ja Rule in Queens, NYC. But it all escalated in 2000 when 50 Cent got roughed up at a NYC music studio called The Hit Factory. 50 Cent went on to join Eminem and Dr. Dre and become one of the biggest rap stars ever, and Ja-Rule’s career sort of fizzled out. In an interview in 2011 about the state of affairs, Ja Rule said, “I’m cool. We ain’t beefing no more. We’ll never collaborate. That’s just what it is.”
Kanye West / Consequence
Here are two other rappers who started off as the best of friends. In the early 2000’s when Kanye was really trying to make his way as a producer, he used be the hype-man for Queens rapper Consequence. The two formed a tight bond and when Kanye first formed his G.O.O.D Music label, Cons’ was one of his first signees in addition to John Legend and Common. Things were going well until 2010 when fissures started to appear in their friendship. By that time, Kanye was already at superstar status, and Consequence’s career hadn’t really elevated that much. Cons’ put out a song in 2010 called “Man Purses” dissing Kanye’s flamboyant fashion style and in 2013, it really got crazy. Consequence went on The Breakfast Club show and said that Kanye didn’t even send a gift after the birth of his first son. For him that was the absolute last straw, and we will not be seeing any Consequence and Kanye collabs in the foreseeable future.
50. Cent /Rick Ross:
It’s no surprise that 50 Cent appears twice in this list. He is one rapper that isn’t afraid to get into beefs with other emcees – he has actually become quite adept at using these disputes as great publicity campaigns. Funnily enough, it seems that this beef was instigated by Miami rapper Rick Ross. It started at a BET award show in 2009 when Ross claimed that 50 Cent looked at him the wrong way. This led to a couple of dis tracks back and forth and a sustained campaign by 50 Cent making fun of the fact that Ross was once a prison corrections officer. The beef culminated at the BET Hip-Hop awards in 2012 when a member of Ross’s crew named Gunplay was roughed up by 50 Cent’s G-Unit. Thankfully things didn’t escalate further, and two years later, these two rappers are far from best of friends. They probably will never work together for the rest of their careers.