From Eminem to Kanye West, let’s take a look at some of the most high profile music battles of all times.
1. Kanye West vs. Taylor Swift
It all started at the MTV music awards in 2009, when Kanye West stormed the stage after Taylor Swift won
Beyonce’s famous track "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)" was also nominated in the same category, and West thought it should’ve won instead.
He made sure everyone at the awards ceremony heard what he had to say as he snubbed Swift, moments after she began her acceptance speech, to praise Beyoncé.
The musicians reportedly paired up after this tiff but not before West claimed Swift’s career actually benefited from the snub.
Later, in 2016, at the Grammys, Swift responded, “I want to say to all the young women out there — there are going to be people along the way who are going to try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame."
2. Lil' Kim vs. Nicki Minaj
As soon as Nicki Minaj’s debut album “Pink Friday” became a massive success, Lil’ Kim apparently started having identity crisis. Instead of congratulating the new comer, she called Minaj a “Lil' Kim wannabe" who was "trying to clone my style," in her online track called “Black Friday. “
The track was made specifically to diss Minaj.
But Minaj wasn’t the one to back down, so she slammed back with her own track called “Stupid Hoe.”
3. Eminem vs. Benzino
By 2002, Eminem was the one of the biggest selling music artists of all-time, but Benzino apparently couldn’t deal with his success. The rapper and co-owner of hip-hop magazine The Source, tried to bully Eminem with his song, “Pull Your Skirt Up.”
The diss track described Eminem as a "2003 Vanilla Ice" and compared him to a woman — which is obviously an insult, right?
However, Eminem knew just which cord to hit.
In his response to “Pull Your Skirt Up,” the rapper launched his track “Nail in the Coffin,” where he described Benzino as an old grandfather who no one wants to hear anymore.
Years later, Benzino apologized.
“I can say it now, I was wrong for it,” he said in 2012. “Because at the end of the day, Em is a great lyricist and he should be able to express himself in hip-hop as anybody should.”
Though the feud was laid to rest, these songs will remain forever in our memories.
4. Azealia Banks vs. Iggy Azalea
Magazine XXL unveiled its fifth annual freshman cover in 2012 and featured Iggy Azalea as a distinct female rapper.
But, Azealia Banks wasn’t impressed. She said the magazine was "wrong" to include the Australian rapper and went on to accuse her opponent of trying to fit in the black culture.
Iggy Azalea responded by saying: "You can't block my blessings, today I'm celebrating, get on with it or kick rocks."
5. Rihanna vs. Ciara
Rihanna and Ciara had a very public fight on Twitter when Ciara claimed on a TV show that RiRi ignored her at a party.
“I ran into her recently at a party,” she said on the E! show. “She wasn't the nicest. It's crazy, because I've always loved and respected what she's done in fashion. It wasn't the most pleasant run-in,” she said.
RiRi soon shot back at Ciara.
My bad ci, did I 4get to tip u? #howrudeofme— Rihanna (@rihanna) February 26, 2011
To which Ciara responded :
Trust me Rhianna u dont want to see me on or off the stage— Ciara (@ciara) February 26, 2011
And though it’s not clear if all the above mentioned artists have resolved their feuds, their tiffs will never be forgotten.