Drake vs. Meek Mill
Philly's loudest and proudest son and the suave whisperer from Toronto used to be pals. They even brought their styles together in harmony on 2012's hit "Amen." Can it be that it was all so simple then? The two MCs collaborated again this year on "R.I.C.O.," a song from Meek's second studio album – and that's where things fell apart. For reasons that remain unclear to this day, Meek hopped onto Twitter late one July night to charge Drake with using a ghostwriter on the song, punctuating his accusation with a poignant gritted-teeth emoji. Drake clapped back three days later with his defiant diss track "Charged Up," but the decisive blow came a few days after that, when Drake unleashed his ultimate equalizer: "Back to Back," a ridiculously fun song piling on Meek with hip-hop quotables ("Trigger fingers turn to Twitter fingers") and ruthlessly petty questions about the balance of power in Meek's relationship with Nicki Minaj ("Is that a world tour, or your girl's tour?"). Meek's only response at the time was another enigmatic tweet bearing only the single letter "Z." By the time he finally released a diss track of his own on July 30th, dragging in some of the ghostwritten reference tracks Drake allegedly used to make his hit If You're Reading This It's Too Late mixtape, it was, well, way too late. The final insult? In December, after months of heavy radio play, "Back to Back" was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rap Performance. That's gotta hurt.