Hip-hop has evolved with time, and its forms are changing, but the same spirit and attitude remain. One of its aspects is beef, and rap thrives on competition. It didn’t just start in hip-hop, and human beings have been competing for worth since Cain and Abel. Rappers sharpen their skills by throwing some lyrical darts at each other. The beef is entertaining, and their fans love it. Sometimes the beef gets too personal, but at other times they get squashed. Here are hip-hop greatest feuds since 1980.

2Pac vs. Biggie

This tops the list because it was the most influential feud ever. The rap battle between Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G.

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was interesting and unique. Pac’s tactic was aggressive and explicit while Big’s disses were in a poised manner. Pac’s “Hit ‘Em Up” opening lines insulted Biggie and Biggie responded with “Who Shot Ya.” The feud wrecked relationships, affected entire regions and changed lives forever. Moreover, it ended terribly as both rappers died after being shot in separate cases.

N.W.A vs. Ice Cube

Everyone knows that Niggas With Attitude wouldn’t be what it was back in the days if Cube was not part of them. Well, when O’Shea discovered that he wasn’t getting his royalties the way he wanted, he left the group to begin a solo career. The group took shots at Cube and his response, “No Vaseline” put them right back in their place. To be honest, nobody remembers what N.W.A. said about Ice, but “No Vaseline” is still memorable.

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Jay-Z vs. Nas

Before the collabos and Def Jam deals, Nas and Jay-Z were die-hard rivals. No one is sure where the feud came from. Perhaps it was because Nas was jealous of Jay’s commercial exploits or it was caused by Jay’s song “Is That Your Chick” which some thought was directed at Nas. The two rappers from New York dissed one another for years and even appeared on HBO for a lyrical duel. In their supremacy battle, Jay Z released “Takeover” while Nas released “Ether.”

Eazy-E vs. Dr. Dre

After their nasty split-up, the ex-members of N.W.A., Eazy-E, and Dr. Dre exchanged insults non-stop. As Dre was about to release “Dre’s Day,” Eazy-E dissed him and Snoop with “Real Muthafuckin’ Gs” describing them as studio gangstas who hadn’t experienced the real life in the hood. “Dre’s Day“ mocked Eazy-E’s masculinity.

50 Cent vs. Ja Rule

Both rappers haven’t been as relevant as they used to be back in the day. 50 Cent wanted to show his power in the industry then. He took jabs at #Ja Rule who later fell from grace after some illegal gun possession and tax evasion charges. Currently, Curtis is doing better than Ja Rule. 50 Cent’s dis ended Ja’s career. #Hip Hop #Ice Cube