Unexpected collaborations after Rap Beef

In other words, people will have disagreements. Sometimes the issues can be big or even escalate into physical fights while others can be minor and resolved through conversation. Egos play a huge role in many hip-hop jams and it’s what can make them go on for years when they could have been finished in days. Hip-hop has a bad reputation for jamming out of control, when in reality most of them don’t really turn into anything or end peacefully. In many jams that have been put to rest, the parties have let the past slip away, with some even heading to the studio to make a song together. Here, XXL features some of the songs of old haters of rap that were truly unexpected.

Jay-Z and Nas have been embroiled in one of the most vicious rap jams of all time. Each hurled personal insults at the other on songs, on stage, in interviews and wherever else it could be done. The beef ran for nearly nine years, starting in 1996, culminating in 2001, with Jay’s “Takeover” and Nas’ “Ether,” then officially laying to rest in 2005. Jay handing the olive branch to Nas on stage was quite shocking. The two dropping “Black Republican” together the following year, a Nas song that featured Jay, was equally surprising.

Almost every rap fan has heard of the Drake and Meek Mill beef, which launched in 2015, because Meek accused Drake of having a ghostwriter. The story took endless twists, including the ghostwriter, Quentin Miller, who was exposed and a number of diss tracks were released between Drake (“Back 2 Back”) and Meek (“War Pain”). After Meek got out of prison in 2018 for a parole violation, the two buried the hatchet. Drake had Meek as a special guest at his concert in September 2018, and then Drake was featured on Meek’s January 2019 single, “Going Bad.” That such a long jam ends with a song and a performance is wonderful, especially considering the two were friends before all of this.

Check out the list below for more post-beef rap collaborations.

  • “Ready for War”

    Rick Ross and Jeezy

    After a beef that began in 2010, due to some perceived slights on wax and culminated in a full-fledged brawl at the BET Awards in 2012, Rick Ross and Jeezy officially ended their beef in 2014. Ross’ single “War Ready” marked this event. “cut his Brain album that features Jeezy and Tracy T. The former adversaries have collaborated in the past, but this was a little different; it’s been peace between the two ever since. With the popularity of these artists in rap, it seemed unlikely that they would end it, but time heals everything.

  • “Expressway”

    Eminem and Royce 5’9″ (Evil Meets Evil)

    Friends since 1997 and working together as the duo Bad Meets Evil since 1998, Eminem and 5’9″ Royce have previously had a falling out over the latter’s issues with Em’s rap group D12. The beef was reportedly mostly attributed to Em and Royce’s relationship changing as their careers developed and Em spent time pushing D12. Royce and D12 traded diss songs, but the beef ended in 2006, shortly before Proof, a member of D12 and Em’s right-hand man, died in a bar shootout.In 2008, Royce was back on show with Em and D12, all leading up to Em and Royce’s collaboration EP in 2011, Hell: the sequel. This project was their first (and only) effort together, its first single being the song “Fast Lane”. It took a while, but they teamed up.

  • “Money in the Grave”

    Drake and Rick Ross

    Rick Ross and Drake have been friends and frequent collaborators since 2010, but hit a snag in 2015, due to Drake’s jamming with Meek Mill, who at the time was signed to Ross’ Maybach Music Group (MMG). Things escalated to the point that they had a falling out, with Ross doing it on “Color Money” in 2015, and Drake also firing shots on “Weston Road Flows” in 2016. They crushed him in 2017 , with Meek and Drake doing things publicly. in 2018. In June 2019, Drake released a two-song EP, The best package in the world, to celebrate the victory of the Toronto Raptors in the NBA championship. One of the songs was “Money In The Grave”, the first collaboration between Drake and Ross since they buried the hatchet. Totally out of the blue, it was a pleasant surprise.

  • “It’s going badly”

    Meek Mill and Drake

    A long-running and well-known beef that started in 2015 was Meek Mill vs. Drake. Meek accused Drake of having a ghostwriter, and the war of words resulted in diss tracks including Drake’s “Back To Back” and Meek’s “War Pain,” years of underhand dissension and fractured relationships in outside of themselves, namely MMG frontman Rick Ross and Drake not having a good relationship for some time. When Meek was released from prison in April 2018, after serving five months for a high-profile parole violation, cooler heads prevailed. Meek and Drake officially ended the beef in Boston, during a September 2018 stop on the Drake & The Three Amigos Tour, then teamed up on Meek’s single “Going Bad” in January 2019. The former friends picked up where they left off. With how personal the beef has become, it was a shock that they wrapped it up and made a new song together.

  • “Black Republican”

    Jay Z and Nas

    In what is arguably the most popular rap jam of all time, Nas and Jay-Z exchanged gunfire starting in 1996. At first glance, it looked like a lighthearted competition spiraling out of control. “Takeover,” Jay-Z’s song he performed live at Hot 97’s Summer Jam in 2001, and “Ether,” Nas’ scathing response, were the results of their feud. In these dissertations, everything was covered, from questioning Nas’ musical consistency to Jay-Z’s physical appearance and talent compared to his Roc-A-Fella Records signers like Beanie Sigel and more. The disses were pretty much two people who knew each other well, but had always been at odds. Jay-Z’s sequel diss “Super Ugly,” on which he bluntly says he had sex with Nas’ then-girlfriend Carmen Bryan while Nas was with her, meant the gloves were officially on. removed. They officially killed the beef in 2005 at Jay-Z’s I Declare War concert, where he actually ended his wars rather than perpetuating them. In 2006, they released their very first collaboration, “Black Republican”, “a song from Nas hip hop is dead. No one saw it coming because it looked like an ox that would never end.

  • “Who”

    Future and young thug

    Being close friends now feels like their pasts as adversaries were made up, but Future and Young Thug were a bit at odds. As two highly influential rappers from Atlanta, they were close and had a common producer in a then burgeoning Metro Boomin. In 2015, Metro tweeted about rappers trying to produce projects like Future; Thug got offended and asked for clarification right there. This escalated into Future and Thug sub-tweeting each other and Metro telling Thug to stop on him. This continued into 2016, with Thug and Future going back and forth on Twitter without saying each other’s names. There was a lot of fighting on the chest about who was the best music and who was the most talented. However, the negativity ended in June 2016 when they collaborated on “Who”, a cut from DJ Esco’s project. HEY. Thug even apologized online the same year. Even more surprisingly, Thug and Future actually released a collaboration album the following year, the cult favorite known as super viscous.

  • “Too late”

    French Montana and Jim Jones

    Tangled in a jam since 2005, French Montana and Max B had a lingering issue with Dipset’s own Jim Jones. Originally from Max B having a business falling out with Jim – Max was once on Jones’ rap team, Byrdgang – the two argued over songs and in interviews. It continued to escalate even when Max was imprisoned for conspiracy in 2009. French was Max’s friend and frequent collaborator when the beef with Jim was happening, so he was directly connected and riding for him. It all ended in December 2020, when French and Jim took to Instagram Live to call a truce, simply feeling the issue had gone on too long. The two also collaborated on “Too Late”, a track from French Montana’s CB5 mixtape from this November, shortly before they spoke on Instagram. The length of this jam made it unlikely that common ground would ever be found.

  • “Real People”

    icicle and common

    Common, the highly respected lyric rapper from Chicago, got his big break in 1994 when he released his single “I Used To Love HER”, a song in which he personifies hip-hop as a woman. Ice Cube, then a rising West Coast rap star, didn’t like Common’s bars on gangsta rap in the song. “Now she a gangsta rollin’ with gangsta bitches/Always smoking blunts and getting drunk/Telling sad stories, now she only fuckin’ funk/Highlighting how hardcore she is and real,” Com raps, implying that the genre was running out of steam. Ice Cube responded on Mack 10’s “Westside Slaughterhouse”, rapping, “I used to love her, mad ’cause we fucked her / No sense whipped pussy bitch,” along with beatings more thinly veiled on Common. The Chicago MC would respond in 1996 with the scathing “The Bitch In Yoo,” on which he insulted Cube for his hypocrisy while questioning his rapping skills and much more.

    The beef ended there when Minister Louis Farrakhan called a summit to end rapper beef, Common vs Cube’s beef was chilled at the event. There was a fight between the two associated rappers during a Sprite video shoot the same year, but the beef was done. They then starred together in the film The hair salon: the next haircut in 2016, and teamed up for the song “Real People,” their first collaboration and a song on the soundtrack featuring them rapping about being on good terms now. A happy ending.

  • “No guidance”

    Chris Brown and Drake

    Drake and Chris Brown are part of an elite group of the biggest stars in music history: one is a rapper with R&B leanings, the other an R&B singer who has fully embraced the sound and feel of music. aesthetics of rap. When it seemed more likely they would be friends, a beef over mutual ex-girlfriend Rihanna, whom Brown assaulted in 2009, turned into a violent bottle-throwing contest inside a New York club in 2012. They took look shots. against each other in songs and across media for years afterwards, ending in 2018 when Drake bought Chris Brown onstage in Los Angeles. Breezy was a guest on Drake’s Aubrey & The Three Migos Tour. In June 2019, they teamed up for Chris Brown’s “No Guidance,” which would go on to become a mega-hit, as it is currently eight times platinum. Considering their beef spanned six years and was based on someone who was so vital to both of their stories, it didn’t seem possible for Chris and Drake to make amends, but they did.

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