What’s Beef

The legendary Notorious B.I.G posed the question what’s beef, describing the differences between frivolous rap beef, which is resolved with a diss record or a battle, and real life beef which is “when you need two gats to go to sleep”. Biggie would know this best, being that beef led to his and Tupac Shakur’s untimely death in the late 90’s. Which makes you wonder what mere words can lead to a disagreement going from music to life and death. Recently, indie mastermind Joey Bada$$ released a single called “Ready”, where he boasts about his album sales as well as throwing shots at Troy Ave claiming his Pro Era crew mate Kirk Knight sold more than Troy Ave. Joey proclaims himself as the number one independent hip–hop artist in the country, and he has the numbers to back it up. Based on the sales of his debut album B.4.DA.$$, he moved  60k his first week. While Troy Ave, debut LP Major Without a Deal sold less than 5k units its first week. Troy feeling some type of way replied with a subliminal tweet calling Bada$$ a “fake independent” because of his distribution deal with Sony Red (which doesn’t change that he’s still an independent artist, by definition). This whole beef seemed petty with two artist disputing about album sales. Joey claimed the two emcees patched up their differences and had mutual respect for each other in a Hot 97 interview. Since they allegedly made amends, it seems Troy Ave’s feelings were clearly hurt by Bada$$ comments on his single “Ready”. So hurt in fact, that he quickly responded with a four minute long diss track. Troy spends most of the track claiming nobody cares about Joey’s indie success since he doesn’t get radio airplay, but he takes the reignited beef to a whole new unnecessary level disrespecting the late and great Capital Steez. Wishing that he burned in hell, and clowning Steez for committing suicide. Putting this beef on a whole new echelon of sensitivity, sounding like a sore loser throwing a tempter tantrum, shouting the most ignorant words he can think, just because he got called out on the truth. Statistically Joey is more successful than Troy, the sales and sold-out shows speak for themselves. It’s one thing to start a beef with a fellow artist it’s another to attack a dead man who can’t defend himself. Creating some of the most offensive bars ever spat on a diss track: this is up there with Pac threatening Biggie’s life or Jay-Z explaining how he banged the mother of Nas’ child in her backseat. Name-calling, dissing significant others, and even death threats is one thing: but dissing an enemy’s deceased homie is a no-no in hip hop. To hear the songs click the link below and as always

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