So Jigga’s finally spoken out on the recent diss from Lil Wayne about him and his missus. And you know what, it’s probably the biggest letdown ever. Apparently, it’s all just part of the game. “That’s sport, that’s rap music,” he said at a recent fundraiser, “Nothing is going to change but the participants. I don’t even see why that’s news”. I guess becoming a babydaddy is cooling a normally beef-y Jay Z down?

But we can’t help missing real juicy beef from our diets like we’re on an involuntary vegan tip. So we looked back to the well-hung, nicely-marbled cuts of rap beef’s red-blooded wonder years.

1 Jay-Z ‘The Takeover’ – Hova put his feud with Nas to rest with this classic line from The Blueprint:
“Four albums in 10 years n***a? I could divide/That’s one every, let’s say, two/ Two of them shits was doo/ One was naahhh, the other was Illmatic/ That’s a one-hot-album-every-10-year average.”

Nas – ‘Ether’ – Nas’ comeback to takedown wasn’t a intelligent or mathematical as Jay’s. but what it lacked, in finesse it made up for pure old school Nasty Nas:
“How much of Biggie’s rhymes is gone come out your fat lips?/Wanted to be on every last one of my classics”

Common ‘The Bitch in Yoo’ – A David vs Goliath story where one simple song by the relatively unknown Chicago rapper put Ice Cube’s career in a loop for years to come:
“There’s a thin line between the fake and the real/ Grafted ass n***a, I see through your Glass Shield/ Had skills, once upon a time on this project, yo /I’m a have to wreck a ho-’Shea/I heard a ho say you’re her favorite rapper/[So what?] So I had to slap her/And violate you, a Muslim drinking brew.”

4 Ice Cube ‘No Vaseline’ – After being kicked out of N.W.A, Ice Cube was perfectly placed to tear them apart on this track from his classic sophomore album Death Certificate: “Y’all muthafuckas moved straight outta Compton/Livin’ with the whites, one big house, and not another n***a in sight/I started off with too much cargo/ Dropped four n****s, now I’m makin’ all the dough/White man just rulin’/The N****s With Attitudes? Who ya foolin’?/ Y’all n****s just phony.”

5 KRS One ‘The Bridge is Over’ – If you looked ‘beef’ up in the dictionary this would be the guide on how to finish it.
“I finally figured it out/ Magic’s mouth is used for suckin’/ Roxanne Shante is only good for steady fuckin’/ MC Shan and Marley Marl is really only bluffin’/ Like Doug E. Fresh said, ‘I tell you now, you ain’t nothing.’/Compared to Red Alert on KISS and Boogie Down Production.”

[By Matt Allinson]