What Are Some Infamous Instances of Beef Between Hip-Hop Artists?


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Some famous instances of conflicts between hip-hop artists include the shootings of Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur, as well as 50 Cent and Rick Ross' ongoing feud that began at the 2009 Black Entertainment Awards. In addition, Nicki Minaj engaged in hip-hop feuds with multiple individuals over award nominations and personal style.

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Shakur blamed hip-hop industry professionals Sean Combs, Andre Harrell and Biggie Smalls for setting Shakur up for the shooting, but the trio denied any involvement. Shakur sustained five bullet wounds by two armed men in 1994 as he entered a recording studio in Manhattan, and was fatally shot by an unknown assailant in 1996. Smalls was also fatally shot less than a year later in another unsolved murder.

In 2015, famous women of hip-hop music created a feud over nominations for the Black Entertainment Awards. BET nominated both Nicki Minaj and Azealia Banks for the award for the best female hip-hop artist of the year. Banks commented that Minaj wins the award every year and that any other nominations are simply for show and not serious contenders to win the award. Minaj also clashed with Lil' Kim when Kim accused Minaj of stealing Kim's personal style. Kim and Minaj exchanged insults on social media about the issue. The two also wrote insults about each other into their song lyrics.

Rappers 50 Cent and Rick Ross have a legal and personal feud that surrounds 50 Cent posting a private video of Ross' child's mother, Lastonia Leviston, on the Internet, prompting Leviston to sue for emotional distress. Rather than pay the $7 million judgment, 50 Cent filed for bankruptcy. 50 Cent appeared to post the video in response to an incident involving Ross at the 2009 Black Entertainment Awards.

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