It’s about to get real epic up in here. The Man of Steel is square off against The Dark Knight in a theater near you this Friday, raising all kinds of hell with eye-popping action in the DC Comics and Warner Bros. blockbuster, Batman V Superman.
But these guys shouldn’t be fighting, right? They’re both superheroes on the same side! We’ve said the same thing so many times about our favorite rappers over the years. In some cases, we’ve witnessed them swallow the beef and shake hands. Then, as if to put a cherry on top, the two frenemies finally hit the studio for that collaboration we waited for forever. Here’s a list of a dozen times that exact scenario went down. Peep game.
Marley Marl & KRS-One – Hip Hop Lives (2007)
The year is 1987 and Marley Marl of The Juice Crew and KRS-One of Boogie Down Productions are embroiled in the legendary Bridge Wars, one of the most infamous battles in Hip Hop history. Fast forward two decades, though, and the two join forces just months after Nas drops Hip Hop is Dead for a full-length response, Hip Hop Lives that opens with a triumphant title track to proclaim their peace.
Ice Cube & Dr. Dre – “Natural Born Killaz” (1994)
When Ice Cube heard himself called “Benedict Arnold” on an N.W.A’s “Message to B.A.,” he responded with the vicious “No Vaseline,” in which he smacked down the entire crew with a single song. Years later, hopes of an N.W.A reunion were dashed by the death of Eazy-E, but Cube and Dre still linked up for this maniacal joint from the Murder Was the Case soundtrack.
Mack 10 & Fat Joe – “Let The Games Begin” (1998)
During the height of the East Coast-West Coast tension, Fat Joe was quick to denounce the Left Coast. This angered Ice Cube and his Westside Connection cohort Mack 10. However, after the bi-coastal “war” claimed the lives of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G., Mack and Joey Crack were able to put things into perspective. Along with Big Pun, they recorded this banger in 1998 as a way to unite the coasts.
Twista & Bone Thugs-N-Harmony – “Midwest Invasion” (2005)
When Bone Thugs-N-Harmony accused Twista of jacking their style in the 1990s, a long-standing beef ensued that didn’t cease for Layzie Bone and Twista until “Midwest Invasion” in 2005. However, Wish Bone and Krayzie Bone still had beef with Twista and continued to diss him subliminally. It wasn’t later that year when Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Twista united to record “Spit Your Game” for The Notorious B.I.G.’s Duets: The Final Chapter that the hatchet was completely buried.
Nas & Jay-Z – “Black Republican” (2006)
What is arguably the greatest battle-on-wax in Hip Hop History played out over Jay-Z’s ice-cold “Takeover,” and Nas’ seething “Ether.” The feud was ironically ended at an event titled I Declare War years later. Jay-Z, then CEO of Def Jam, signed Nas, who released Hip Hop is Dead in 2006 and featured Jay-Z on the titanic track, “Black Republican.” Nas returned the favor by dropping a strong 16 on “Success” off of Jay-Z’s American Gangster one year later.
T.I. & Ludacris – “On Top Of The World” (2008)
After a beef that started by a misunderstanding in a music video and years of back-and-forth disses between the two, the two ATL rap mayors set aside their differences and recorded this positive anthem for T.I.’s Paper Trail in 2008. Another, much more ballsy collaboration, “Wish You Would,” was featured on Ludacris’ Theater of the Mind later that year.
Lil Wayne & Young Buck- “Ups and Downs”
It was the start of one beef that ended another. Young Buck dissed Lil Wayne on “Off Parole” but later showed up on stage with him. After 50 Cent gave Buck the boot from G-Unit, Buck included Weezy on “Ups and Downs,” a track from Back on My Buck Shit.
Eminem & Royce Da 5’9” – “Writer’s Block” (2011)
The beef that started between these two actually stemmed from issues Nickel Nine had with D12 member Proof. However, it was Proof, before his passing in 2006, who laid the groundwork for a reunion. When that finally happened in 2008, it was only a matter of time before Royce and Shady got up to their old ways. Released in March 2011, “Writer’s Block” served as the lead single to Success is Certain. In the summer of 2011, the two released the nine-track EP Hell: The Sequel.
Prodigy & Havoc – “Taking You Off Here” (2014)
There was a time, after Havoc blasted Prodigy on Twitter and released a diss track, that Mobb Deep seemed no more. However, the partners-in-rhyme decided that they had been together too long to ever really separate. In 2014 they released a double album titled The Infamous Mobb Deep. The lead single was the appropriately gully “Taking You Off Here.”
G-Unit -“Nah I’m Talkin’ Bout”
The Unit had been crumbling for years before the official break up. From The Game being kicked out, to Young Buck being dismissed, to 50 Cent expressing frustration with what he intimated was Lloyd Banks’ and Tony Yayo’s lack of motivation, it would have seemed a safe bet to never hear from G-Unit again. Not so fast. In June 2014, just a month after 50 called the group “dismantled,” G-Unit returned with the addition of Kidd Kidd with a remix of HS87’s “Grindin’ My Whole Life” titled “Nah I’m Talkin’ Bout.”
50 Cent & Styles P – “Chase The Paper” (2014)
50 Cent, the King of Beef, was busy reuniting for his June 2014 album, Animal Ambition. Not only with G-Unit but with Jadakiss and Styles P, whom he feuded with in the early aughts. Here 50 and Styles P, along with Prodigy and Kidd Kidd, keep their focus on the dough.
Jeezy & Rick Ross – “War Ready” (2014)
2014 must have really been the year of truces. Jeezy and Ross, who for years had beef over what they now attribute to things being misconstrued, finally buried the hatchet with some help from T.I. Once the bad blood settled it was time to make music, and with an album looming for each, Jeezy hopped on Ross’s trap tune “War Ready” off his Mastermind album. A few months later, Ross was featured on Jeezy’s breezy “Beautiful” with The Game.
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