Music's 30 Fiercest Feuds and Beefs

From classic-rock squabbles to hip-hop diss tracks and social media wars, here are the ridiculous, rancorous conflicts that have held us rapt

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Meek Mill vs. Drake
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Meek Mill vs. Drake

The controversial topic of ghostwriting in music was the basis of the summer 2015 feud between Meek Mill and Drake. Shortly after Drake was featured on Meek's track "R.I.C.O.," the latter took to Twitter to weigh in on the verse Drake contributed: "Stop comparing drake to me too. ... He don't write his own raps! That's why he ain't tweet my album because we found out!"

Rapper OG Maco supported Meek and furthered intrigue by naming names – Atlanta rapper Quentin Miller, a writer openly credited on Drake's songs. Miller himself and Drake's producer Noah "40" Shebib denied accusations of any misrepresentation in writing credits.

Drake promptly released a diss track called "Charged Up": "Wow, I'm honored you think this is staged/I'm flattered, man/In fact, I'm amazed." Meek Mill tweeted "Baby lotion soft……" Just days later, Drake released another diss track, "Back to Back," more aggressively prodding Meek with lines like "Is that a world tour or your girl's tour?" calling Meek out for opening for girlfriend Nicki Minaj on her Pinkprint jaunt. The track became a hit and was subsequently nominated for a Grammy for Best Rap Performance.

Meek responded with his own diss track, "Wanna Know," which sources ranging Kevin Durant to Whataburger deemed an embarrassing flop. At OVO Fest, Drake kicked Meek when he was down, performing his pair of diss tracks (plus the 'R.I.C.O." verse that started it all), and projecting memes targeted at his foe. Meek's comebacks in the form of onstage insults and some tracks on his January 2016 EPs 4/4 and 4/4 Pt. 2 proved too little too late, and Drake remained the obvious winner of the apparently lopsided feud.

In February 2017, after the dust had settled, Drake sat down for an interview with U.K. DJ Semtex on OVO Sound Radio and spoke at length on his beef with Meek. "[A]nybody that's been in any room with me knows first of all knows that I am one of the best writers, period. That is what I do. That is what I'm known for. ... I write my biggest songs, my biggest hits. The massive majority of my catalogue has all been written solely by me."

But the battle between the two artists, he admitted, was "not something that I'm proud of, because it took just as much of an emotional toll on me, I mean, not as much as it did on him ..." He concluded that he doesn't see a truce down the line.

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