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.