Okay 2018 was a long a** yearrrrr… who else is ready for it to be over? TF. Make way for 2019 biko.
Only this year we’ve had – Black Panther, The Olympics, The World Cup, Dare went to Vegas, Kylie Jenner revealed her pregnancy, Elon Musk smoked weed on a live show and with that same energy stepped down as chairman of Tesla… I can go on and on AND ON.
It has been a great year for hip-hop as well — I mean, I can talk about Cardi’s rise to the top and Beyonce shutting down Coachella, but what I’d rather talk about, are the beefs that got squashed in 2018.
Wait, but can actual beefs be squashed literally? 🤔
Anyway, focus, Sharon.
If there is anything fans love as much as the artists themselves, and even more than the music they bless us with — the clapbacks between music stars, especially now when social media allows us to experience the ‘fights’ gloriously.
A lot of hip-hop beefs however were squashed this year and some are:
The Game and Meek Mill (April)
In 2016, Sean Kingston got robbed at a Los Angeles night club of jewelries that were valued at $300,000. The Game believed Meek mentioned to the police that he robbed robbed Sean, Meek barked back, diss songs were exchanged, memes flew back and forth amongst Twitter users and eventually in 2018, Game said in an Instagram post that the fight ended over a phone call.
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Had beef wit a nigga that could’ve ended in bloodshed either way. We had differences but when it all boiled down, we were once friends in & out of music. As young African American men we grew up in similar situations where a lifespan for us was 21 years of age & that is still the age in which most of us coming from where we come from think we’ll never make it to. I say all that to say, life is short & the day after @meekmill got out of jail, he called me & we talked for an hour.. not about the beef but about new beginnings & what the future holds for us as seasoned hip hop artists. That was a few months back & my nigga has done everything he said he would do in the conversation we had. Real nigga shit, I never wished jail on you & I was genuinely happy when you got released. I said it over the phone & I’ll say it again.. “Welcome Home” nigga.. #Championships I support it & everything else hip hop. #Growth #LoveIsLove
J Cole and Lil Pump (May)
Another beef that ended with a simple phone call was Cole and Lil Pump’s. Apparently, Lil Pump took J Cole’s track ‘1958 (Intro to the Fall Off)’ as a personal attack and went on throw several subs at Cole on multiple occasions. They good now though.
Drake and Meek Mill (September)
This is arguably one of the most talked about hip-hop beefs of the last decade, especially because at the point of the fight, both artists were top of mind for the media — Drake, because he is Drake (duh), and Meek because he was dating the hottest female rapper at the time, Nicki Minaj. Everyone ate this sh*t up, the memes, the subliminals, the shade, it was WILD… but this was all in 2016. Fast forward two years later and Drake surprised everyone by bringing Meek out on stage at a tour stop in Boston, September 2018.
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This really gave me peace of mind tonight. Healing and moving forward created one of the most electric and gratifying moments of my career. @meekmill I’m happy that you are home and that we could find our way back to our joint purpose 🙏🏽🙌🏽 (Cue the Kevin Garnett “anything is possible” adlib)
It’s nice to know the industry can feud and the industry can reconcile.
cc Cardi and Nicki 😒