The age-old phrase “beef” or “beefing” has become an mainstay in recent years in the realm of Hip-Hop. Any form of the dozens or verbal jousting nowadays is misconstrued as “beef,” but what actually constitutes beef in the Hip-Hop arena versus those who operate on the periphery? I decided to revisit this topic in light of Hip-Hop’s most contemporary and salient “beef” between undisputed Boxer Floyd Mayweather and his one time friend turned foe 50 Cent.
When the late greats Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace, who were popularly known as 2Pac and The Notorious B.I.G., were feuding of wax it was considered “beef.” Bitter feelings about a botched robbery and attempted assassination of 2Pac, lead to him pointing the finger at The Notorious B.I.G and his Bad Boy records CEO Sean “Puffy” Combs. The allegations sparked a bitter war of words between the one-time friends that spawned the legendary diss track “Hit’em Up” by 2Pac. Within the profanity laced tirade 2Pac opens the track saying “That’s why I fucked your bitch you fat motherfucker!” The “bitch” 2Pac claims to have slept with is none other than The Notorious B.I.G.’s wife R&B superstar Faith Evans. With this one diss track, 2Pac unknowingly (?) set in motion the epically tragic chain of events that would ultimately take the lives of two of Hip-Hop’s brightest and most promising stars, The Notorious B.I.G. and 2Pac himself.
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