Rappers are known for saying exactly how they feel in their songs with no holds barred — this is especially true when it comes to diss tracks.
Aside from providing entertainment for fans, rap beef has also contributed to the evolution of hip-hop in iconic ways.
The MCs below have created some of the most career-shattering diss tracks known to man (or woman.) Here's a rundown of the songs that defined the most infamous feuds in hip-hop history — plus, details on the drama that led up to them!
"The Story of Adidon" — Pusha T
While the Pusha T and Drake saga may have come out of left field for fans who were not listening closely, the explosion between the two Goliaths was years in the making.
Pusha T dropped "The Story of Adidon" (complete with a controversial art cover) in 2018 and sent fans into a frenzy. The song was every bit as brash as it was disrespectful. In fact, the former G.O.O.D. Music signee even went as far as disclosing that Drake had a son.
"Hit 'Em Up" — Tupac Shakur
We would be remiss not to add the beef between these two to the list. Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls went from being friends to being the poster children for rap beef. Their beef was so potent that it formed the helm of the entire East Coast versus West Coast feud.
This beef showed itself in several songs and jabs and remains a topic of debate and controversy to this day.
"SHEther" — Remy Ma
Remy Ma's “SHEther" was another diss track that took the hip-hop world by storm.
In the scathing seven-minute track, Remy came for Nicki Minaj and went for the proverbial jugular. Although critics suggest that her career hasn't been the same since then, others have applauded Remy's audacity.
The song, which sampled Nas's "Ether," was later pulled off the radio. While rumors speculated that Nas was responsible for that, he never confirmed or denied it.
"No Frauds" — Nicki Minaj (featuring Drake)
Remy Ma undoubtedly set off a chain reaction with "SHEther," and Nicki Minaj returned the favor.
In 2017, the rapper dropped a response to Remy's diss called "No Frauds." In it, the Pink Friday 2 rapper addressed each allegation Remy made against her and even threw in some jabs of her own.
Nicki also released a music video to the track that featured her longtime collaborators, industry heavy-hitters Drake and Lil Wayne. The song peaked at number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100, making Nicki the winner of this proverbial war.
"Ether" — Nas
At one point, it was hard to believe that a day would come when the two would make peace with one another. But they proved us all wrong when they did exactly that.
On his album, King's Disease, Nas reflected on the beef with his comrade, rapping: “In a Range Rover, dissecting bars from ‘Takeover’ / Sometimes I text Hova like, ‘N---a, this ain’t over.'"
"I Used to Love H.E.R." — Common
While Common might seem like the quiet type today, he was previously at the helm of a feud with West Coast rapper Ice Cube. Common's "I Used to Love H.E.R.," was a sneak diss directed at gangsta rap and Cube didn't take too kindly to his method and delivery.
In fact, he believed that Common was being disrespectful to the entire West Coast. The "It Was a Good Day" rapper fired back with several shots of his own in his track, "Westside Slaughterhouse."
Rumor has it that Tupac almost got caught up in their beef, too!