New Yorkers Weigh In On Their Favorite Rap Beefs of 2017

How do you end an incredible year for rap music? By talking about beef.

Rap beefs in 2017 ran the gamut from hilarity to curiosity. Remy Ma came out of nowhere with “ShETHER,” challenging Nicki Minaj and her status in the game. Young Dolph and Yo Gotti, two Memphis heavyweights, have moved past their beef and thankfully so; it escalated to Dolph getting shot earlier this year. And for East Coast rap heads, the idea of Cam’ron and Mase exchanging diss tracks in 2017 is a dream match-up come true.

More recently, there have been tensions brewing between former friends XXXTentacion and Ski Mask the Slump God. Azealia Banks is always out here doing the most on social media and reigniting beefs. Then there’s Drake and Meek Mill, but the 6 God decided to officially end their feud in a freestyle over Jay-Z’s “Family Feud.” Just when you think the year will start off calm and friendly, rappers always seem to have something to settle.

So, which one was your favorite? We asked New Yorkers to tell us theirs and you’ll be surprised to hear some of their answers.

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 On today's episode Tony gets his hands on a pair of Air Jordan 1 Union Los Angeles “Gold Top 3”. Later on Lil Tony, “The Understudy” Al, and JT break down the Thursday Night football game, the Seattle Seahawks vs the Arizona Cardinals. Stick around because a special limited edition Michael Jordan memorabilia arrives in the mail, and by limited we mean only 23 in the world! 

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Fat Joe, Remy Ma, and More Contribute to Tidal’s Hurricane Relief Efforts

Some of hip-hop’s biggest names came together Saturday to help the millions of people suffering in Puerto Rico.

The initiative was launched by Tidal earlier this week, after it announced plans to send 200,000 pounds of supplies to the hurricane-stricken island. The streaming service set up 19 drop-off locations around New York, where people could donate necessities like cases of water, non-perishable food, batteries, new and gently used clothing, hygiene products, diapers, and more.

“Tidal, in partnership with [New York] Governor Andrew Cuomo's Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort, has announced the start of the TIDAL X: Puerto Rico initiative with the charter of a cargo plane that will bring much needed supplies to aid in the recovery and relief in Puerto Rico,” the company wrote in statement.

Artists like Fat Joe, Remy Ma, Jadakiss, and Romeo Santos stopped by the drop-off locations Saturday to help collect, sort, and package the supplies. 

“As the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico grows, our brothers and sisters are desperate for our help. Please join myself, TIDAL, Governor Cuomo, and Ruben Diaz Jr. as we collect and transport much-needed supplies to the island,” Fat Joe said in a video earlier this week. “I thank you all from the bottom of my heart and I promise all these items will be delivered by ME personally to Puerto Rico. God bless.”

You can check out photos from the drop-off locations as well as PSA from participating artists below. To learn more about Tidal's relief efforts and how to donate, go to tidal.com/puertorico

Hot 97 helped organize an event for the community in The Bronx to bring supplies for Puerto Rico and Mexico as well.

 

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Proceeds from this year’s TIDAL X: BROOKLYN benefit concert will go toward organizations that support recovery from Puerto Rico. The concert will take place Oct. 17, and will include performances by Jay Z, Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B, DJ Khaled, and Fifth Harmony.

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NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum sent out a memo to all 30 teams Friday instructing players and coaches to stand during the national anthem. Although there was no mention of punishment should players choose to kneel, he expressed that the league has a rule in place disallowing players from sitting or kneeling during the anthem. 

In the memo, obtained by Complex Sports, Tatum asked that teams use their season openers “to demonstrate your commitment to the NBA’s core values of equality, diversity, inclusion and serve as a unifying force in the community.” The memo continued: 

If you have not done so already, we suggest organizing discussions between players, coaches, general managers and ownership to hear the players’ perspectives.

One approach would be for team leadership to review existing team and league initiatives and encourage players to share their thoughts and ideas about them. Following those conversations, teams could develop plans prior to the start of the regular season for initiatives that players and senior leadership could participate in, such as:

  • Hosting Community Conversations with youth, parents, community leaders and law enforcement about the challenges we face and our shared responsibility to create positive change.
  • Creating “Building Bridges Through Basketball” programs that use the game of basketball to bring people together and deepen important bonds of trust and respect between young people, mentors, community leaders, law enforcement and other first responders.
  • Highlighting the importance of mentoring with the goal of adding 50,000 new mentors to support young people through our PSA campaign.
  • Engaging thought leaders and partners.  A variety of experts, speakers and partner organizations are available to players and teams as you continue these conversations and develop programming.
  • Establishing new and/or enhancing ongoing team initiatives and partnerships in the areas of criminal justice reform, economic empowerment and civic engagement.

Teams are urged to show videos prior to tip-off in their efforts to exemplify unity. It was also recommended that a player or coach address fans directly if a message is to be conveyed. 

Earlier this month, NFL players across the country took a knee during the anthem in protest of police brutality and in honor of Colin Kaepernick's decision to spearhead the gesture. This collective demonstration roused a response from the president, causing something of a sociopolitical tidal wave. NBA players Lebron James and Steph Curry both spoke out in support of NFL players’ decision to take a knee, and publicly criticized Donald Trump for claiming they should be fired for doing so. 

More likely than not, individual NBA players or entire teams are going to express their solidarity for the Black Lives Matter movement (something their counterparts in the WNBA have been at the forefront of), whether that be in the form of kneeling during the anthem or not. And it's not because they don't have respect for the NBA or the white men who run it. It's because they should have the right to take a stand against the bigotry and racism that continues to plague this country. 

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Meek Mill Takes Aim at Nicki Minaj on New Album ‘Wins & Losses’

Meek Mill’s newest album Wins & Losses has just been released, and there’s some tea boiling on a bunch of tracks. Said tea is in reference to Meek’s former romantic partner—none other than Nicki Minaj—and their tumultuous relationship.

In a statement Meek wrote, “Wins & Losses is my new album and I'm just breaking down the wins & losses of my life.” The Philly rapper seems to be doing just that.

In “1942 Flows,” Meek makes mention of the Minaj situation. He raps“Niggas talking shots, can't stop me, they ain't real enough/Cut her off, act like she's dead and it's killing her.” He continues, “Try to crucify me like I'm Jesus the way she cross me.”

Meek then picks up where he left off, continuing to address Nicki in the third verse, “Bloggers in the frenzy, truck to the Bentley/Ain't doing no interviews, I'm busy, nigga we litty/So when you see me out don't ask me about no Nicki/Fuck I look like, telling my business on Wendy.”

He makes another mention of his ex in the final verse, “Heard that bitch say she cut me, I was like adios/In the field, knock 'em down, it look like dominos.”

Meek brings up Minaj and their extinguished romance yet again on the track “Never Lose,” referencing what seems to be Nicki's Remy Ma diss track “No Frauds” and her Kanye West collaboration “Monster.” Meek raps:

“Soon as I win, they all clapped and applaud/I seen my dawgs turned their backs, it was slow/I seen that bitch turn her back like a fraud/You turn your back, you can't come back no more/Shown the real monster, just cuttin' them off/Just when they thought, they was laughing at me/I was just sittin' back laughin' at y'all/From battlin' with Reed to rapping with Ross/To packing famous bitches at the awards/Rags to riches on the tag of the car.”

There's what seems to be one more mention of Nicki on the song “Fuck That Check Up.” “Ever put a pop bitch on the block list?” Meek asks. He also makes reference to a “bitch” who left him with a “heavy heart” on the appropriately-titled “Heavy Heart.”

On Thursday, Meek made an appearance on Hot 97's Ebro in the Morning. He spoke on “Shether,” Remy Ma’s fiery Nicki Minaj diss track. On the song, Remy rapped “Coke head, you cheated on your man with Ebro/I might leak the footage of you sniffin' them ski slopes.” Awkward. Meek also discussed the Safaree Samuels and Drake beefs he was embroiled in.

Mentioning that he recently turned 30, Meek remarked, “I be on some positive, grown-man, get-to-the-money type vibe. What can you do? You gonna be Instagramming and Tweeting and throwing shots popping shit forever? We gotta live real life, too. It’s two sides to that. I think people be getting caught up in the twilight zone, they forget that it’s OK to put your phone down.”

Listen to Meek Mill’s newly released third solo studio album Wins & Losses over at Apple Music and peep the tea for yourself.

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