Who doesn’t like a good ol’ fashioned rap beef?
Since Kool Herc’s first party in the South Bronx one summer day in August of 1973, feuds between MCs and crews have come and gone throughout hip-hop’s history. there’s really no shortage of a lyrical sparring match you can revisit and reminisce on. Even today, there’s some bad blood between rappers that’s just won’t go away. as part of our EDITORIALS fmg will be giving you some perspective on our series THE ART OF RAP BEEFS. ENJOY!!!
Outside of 2Pac’s personal rivalry with The Notorious B.I.G., ‘Pac had some issues with New Jersey rapper Chino XL. It started with a misunderstanding of one of Chino’s lyrics on “Riiiot!” off his debut album Here To Save You All. He rapped, “By this industry, I’m not trying to get f—ked like 2Pac in jail,” and ‘Pac thought he was feeding into the rumors that he allegedly got raped in prison. (It’s been said that this was started by former Hot 97 radio personality Wendy Williams.)
‘Pac’s “Hit ‘Em Up” was released just days before he had to serve 120 days in jail for violating probation on his assault and battery conviction in 1996. On the song, he goes after Biggie, Puff Daddy, Mobb Deep, and Chino XL. XL gets a direct line: “Chino XL: fuck you too! My .44 make sure all y’all kids don’t grow!”
When ‘Pac was doing his time, Chino did one response in a radio freestyle on Mr. Magic & Mister Cee 91.5 WNYE. Several of his rhymes were incredibly harsh, among them calling ‘Pac a bisexual and his mother a dope fiend. “How many ni–as pray that Chino is a failure?/Still have lipstick on your back if Suge didn’t bail ya,” he spits with conviction.
In an interview with AllHipHop.com, XL admitted if he knew that his lyrics would have affected ‘Pac that way, he wouldn’t have said them. He also revealed he squashed their beef before ‘Pac’s death. “I was a fan of his like everyone else was. Everything was straight though and the Outlawz are my peeps from Jersey so it was all peace,” he said.
But any ‘Pac loyalist can tell you that “Hit ‘Em Up” is hands down the greatest diss song of all time. Sorry XL, ‘Pac got you