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    14 Comments     Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

    What’s Beef 2009

    When did battle rappers stop rapping?

    In the first month of ‘09, hip-hop has already seen more beef than your local butcher shop. Some were snoozers (Soulja Boy vs. Bow Wow… puh-leeze!) and others brought out the best in uber-lyrical beasts (Saigon vs. Joe Budden). But overall, this year’s rivalries have signaled a shift in the way rappers are trading blows.

    Take the latest, most-talked-about beef that we’ve seen thus far, between 50 Cent and Rick Ross. Rap heads are already hailing 50 the victor after one solid, but not career-devastating, diss record. But the major brunt of his offensive is off the wax: Fif’ taking Rick’s baby’s mom shopping for furs, making threats on camera, paid-for legal documents, and even a cartoon sketch. Now, while all are disrespectful, defaming and hilarious—the core ingredients for an Ether-laced track—none have rhythm or are laid over a beat. Shouldn’t the outcome of a hip-hop battle be determined by the mud slinging that goes down on a record? When did a video showing AngryMC damn-near smashing RivalMC’s baby’s mother become more lethal weaponry than AngryMC rapping about smashing RivalMC’s baby’s mother? Sure, there were a few Summer Jam-screen casualties in years past (poor Prodigy) but there was always an accompanying punchline (“Twinkletoes, you’re breaking my heart…”). Today, cats are just mouthing off directly to other rappers via YouTube, sans beat and rhyme scheme.

    Don’t get me wrong, though, the era of Flip cam rap (YN, what up?!) keeps me watching. And I’d much rather the tensions spill onto WorldStarHipHop than the streets. But if we’re going to be judging these dudes as rappers, can we get some bars and hooks? What do y’all think? Should the thumping that takes place outside of the ropes count? Or is everything fair game in rap battle, rhyme or not?–John Kennedy
    Rick Ross – “Mafia Music”

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    14 Responses to “What’s Beef 2009”

    02.6.09 at 2:08 am

    clos1881 says:
    I agree rap wise 50 has never made a great diss song he makes jokes at the end of the record or photoshops some pics.

    02.6.09 at 3:38 am

    BUCKSHOT says:
    WHATS HAPPENING OUTSIDE OF MUSIC ALWAYS COUNTS
    INTERNET IS A NEW WAY TO GET SOME HITS IN AND 50 IS REALLL GOOD AT IT. ONLY THING IS I DONT KNOW IF ANYONE CARES OUTSIDE OF BLOGS AND SHIT DO THEY???

    02.6.09 at 3:41 am

    GO-Getta' says:
    Bars,hooks & beats are always lethal. Take 2 Round TKO & Ether, do i say need 2 say mo. Those are classic rap-record battles. This era although lyrical lackin’ is freshin’ intertainin’ in the scence of internet access. Takin’ ur rival baby motha’ 2 shopin’ is hilarious.

    02.6.09 at 9:15 am

    ToneKapone says:
    Its obvious that this battle isn’t about rap…its become way more personal than that…but even still…in this YouTube era that we livin in…clowin your rival on camera is just as bad as any song…for example…I’ve heard “Mafia Music” maybe once or twice outside of listening to it here on King…but I’ve seen the 50 Cent video linked on at least 10 different web sites…so yu see…it doesn’t necessarily take a hot song to get your point across.

    02.6.09 at 2:03 pm

    JFK says:
    @Buckshot – 50′s influence is so big, radio DJs and TV personalities will be talking to him about it, so it’ll definitely reach beyond the Web. R.I.P. Rick Ross career, btw.

    02.6.09 at 2:09 pm

    JFK says:
    @GO-Getta – Even funnier was when he cued “Isn’t She Lovely.” Priceless.

    02.6.09 at 5:39 pm

    DBtheGmc says:
    I totally agree with the judgeing being done squarely on record. And if you want an Advocate’s honest opinion…..Mafia Music is harder than Officer Ricky due to the fact that on 50′s part it sounds rushed..should’ve gotten Lloyd Banks help…I mean during the Cam shit, 50 came out with a response within almost 24 hours with a underground video to match (remember that) and that was a dope track….this one? Notsomuch…..but thinking again. 50 knows how you must keep a beef going for shit to get popular….Ross isn’t trying to let him shine like that. I mean, it’s a hard chess move he’s dealing wit here. Rick needed to come back with a record… it’s his turn to, isn’t it?…but fif wasn’t giving him much time to respond. and the longer he waits to put heat under his ass (especially with a new album under his belt to push) the futher his rap career gets demolished…I’m tellin you, it’s chess not checkers

    02.6.09 at 7:33 pm

    Tampa Tuck says:
    Man, I just don’t know! What the hell do you all call hot!!! This shit by 50 is garbage. And this act from 50 is getting old, and it’s not like he winning. Everytime his ass is fading out he tries to start a beef. He has already lost to Fat Joe, Jada, Kanye, and Lil Wayne. The only reason this coward is relevant at all is because he had Dre and Eminem behind him!!! The G-unit lable is garbage, what have they come out with in the last 5 years??? Rick Ross on the othe hand has had two hit CD’s with this third on the way. All these lil childish bullshit 50 doing is just sad. If you are suposed to be the man in this shit why stoop to cheap stunts to keep your name out there? You would never see Jay-Z, Nas, Ice Cube with this bullshit those are Real Kings, they battle on wax and when some one get the best of them they give them their due and move on. 50 needs to make hot music and people will follow. This coward can’t even go to his own hood without the cops! He wants to be from the streets but snitches like a Bitch. Like Jay said “ya’ll respect the one who got shot, I respect the shooter” and 50 damn show aint no shooter!!!

    02.7.09 at 3:14 am

    bless says:
    I think Officer Ricky has WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY more to gain from this beef. 50 cent will eventually win this WAR but the short term battle will be won be Rapper Ross the reply song by Ross wouldnt be shit had 50 never acknowledged the former correctional officer. This era in hip hop is by far the WORST ever the last time i was this annoyed by hip hop was when Ja Rule and murder inc were running things, 50 cents to blame noones perfect but I think he fucked up here, he should have left William Roberts alone.I HATE COPS Most of Y’all bitch niggaz never been locked up b4 thats the problem i honestly cant beleive a Former Correctional officer is getting respect in Hip hop culture look at the guy above me with his bitch ass. Not only was he a correctional officer he lied about it! that being said how do i KNOW somebody didnt ghost write his last song. “Tampa Tuck” YOUR A STRAIGHT UP BITCH!!! YOUR above statements are based on emotions your an emotional guy the people you mentioned excluding “Kayne” had to build a regime to stop 50 cent like 50 or not a Coward 50 is not, your obviously biased for your “favorite rapper in the whole wide world” Officer Ricky. Either way it’s time they both disappear young up and coming rappers please find some better creativity Hip Hop is in a RECESSSION i’m tired of this shit! save hip hop from these fools and their garbage

    02.7.09 at 6:54 pm

    Iceman says:
    Hip Hop is so watered down that you have to resort to these tactics to make it entertaining. That’s the case with Willian Roberts and especially Curtis Jackson. Me personally i wanna hear battle records instead of watching these studio gangsters go at it via the internet. Meet each other on stage with your respected entourages and settle it on the mic. But i guess they won’t do that. They rather trade blows behind the camera.

    02.9.09 at 9:06 am

    FireStarch says:
    50cent tune is a.k he got soo much money he jus toying with fatbastard i like mafia music its hard but fif’s reply is killer cuz he dome it in such a short time it shows he on top of his game pple hating on him cuz they aint real gansters i’ma shotta and i say war til god come

    02.9.09 at 10:40 am

    » Ya Heard: G-Unit/Rick Ross - KING-mag.com says:
    [...] The latest round of diss records between Rawse and Fiddy. Remember last week’s post, when I was lamenting over Rick Ross and 50’s rivalry being judged by everything but the music? Well scratch that–I’d rather peep a seven-hour Freestyle Friday marathon than listen to Officer Rawse’s latest attack, “Kiss My Pinky Ring, Curly.” On what may be the worst diss record ever recorded (no exaggeration), Ricky says a lot of nothing aside from repeatedly calling Curtis a monkey over G. Dep’s “Special Delivery” beat. My advice–step your Flip cam game up, Rick. [...]

    03.10.09 at 12:54 pm

    deezyda1 says:
    yo 50 ain’t got shit on the probation officer
    if this was a diss song by 50 he need to go back to school learn some lyrics

    12.12.10 at 2:30 pm

    tlane says:
    Yo both these dudes is wack. they both the police. I hope they shoot each other.

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