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Drake, Meek Mill and 5 more hip hop beefs

After being accused of using a ghostwriter, Drake released two diss records against his music rival, Meek Mill.Tim Mosenfelder/WireImage

After being accused of using a ghostwriter, Drake released two diss records against his music rival, Meek Mill.

Though the genre has experienced many phases since its inception – including the politically-charged era of the ’80s, the care-free party vibe of the ’90s, and the flashy age of decadence which bloomed in the 2000s, the crux of hip hop has always been about bravado and distinct storytelling.

With staunch competition being an unchanged aspect of the game – intensified more in today’s climate of low record sales — a star’s rise to the top of the charts might involve stepping on a few toes in the process.

This formula could be the reason behind Drake and Meek Mill’s recent clashing. While a far cry from the all-out wars of yesteryear, the contemptuous artists are on the road to etching a new stamp in rap beef history.

Drake has released two blistering freestyles, “Charged Up” and “Back to Back,” meanwhile Mill has yet to reply on wax, likely due to his run as an opening act on his girlfriend Nicki Minaj’s, “The Pinkprint Tour.”

While waiting, take a look at 5 historic rap rivalries.

Biggie vs. Tupac

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After numerous diss records and media jabs, rappers Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur’s rap battle ended tragically in violent murders.

The grandfather of beefs involved two talents from separate coasts. Biggie and Tupac ascended the music world simultanteously during the mid-’90s. With partners like Sean “Puffy” Combs and Suge Knight, coupled with fans’ interest in seeing an “East Coast vs. West Coast” war come to life, what should have been an innocent quarrel came to a tragic end. Tupac was shot to death in September 1996, and Biggie’s murder soon followed in March of 1997.

LL Cool J vs. Canibus

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Rappers LL Cool J and Canibus exchanged insults on dueling tracks in 1998.

Reigniting the torch left behind after Tupac and Biggie (sans any violence), LL Cool J and Canibus’ beef seemed to spring out of nowhere. The issue began after the Jamaican-American rapper wrote a feature on LL Cool J’s “Phenomenon” album, spitting: “…ripping an arm out a socket, taking a mic off it and let a real MC rock it.” LL Cool J responded by erasing his opponent’s verse, to which Canibus replied via his own song called “2nd Round K.O.,” assisted by Mike Tyson. LL Cool J responded with “The Ripper Strikes Back,” and the conflict was put to bed.

Jay Z vs. Nas

Rappers Jay Z and Nas are friends today, but the pair once ripped each other to shreds on competiting diss tracks.JASON DECROW/AP

Rappers Jay Z and Nas are friends today, but the pair once ripped each other to shreds on competiting diss tracks.

After being compared for years, Jay Z and Nas’ rivalry came to a tipping point in 2001. The Brooklyn rapper hit below the belt with his cutting diss record, “Takeover,” and the Queens rapper responded just as mercilessly with “Ether.” The beef went from bad to worse after Jay Z released his “Super Ugly” freestyle, in which he detailed alleged explicit relations with Nas’ ex.

Lil’ Kim vs. Foxy Brown

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Lil’ Kim and Foxy Brown’s similar rap styles were too big for the industrry in the late 1990’s.

Beef in the rap industry isn’t just a male thing, as proven with Lil’ Kim and Foxy Brown’s strained relationship. The female rappers, both from Brooklyn, were practically the mirror image of one another in style, and often chronicled their struggles in a male-dominated industry through song. It also didn’t help that their music content was similar, with both bragging explicitly about their power in the bedroom.

Lil Kim staged her attack with her second album, where she accused Foxy Brown of being her carbon copy. The “Ill Na Na” rapper responded, taking down Sean ‘Puffy’ Combs as well, on a separate track. The divas brought the grudge to a tumultous head during an alleged shooting incident at New York’s Hot 97 radio stations, which left several people injured.

Common vs. Ice Cube

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Common sent a clear warning shot to Ice Cube with his diss record in 1996.

Common may appear to be the mellow type these days, but before the Oscar and other accolades, the Chicago rapper never backed down from a lyrical battle. Take Ice Cube, who took offense to Common’s critique of West Coast hip hop on 1994’s, “I Used to Love H.E.R.” The former Westside Connection member retaliated on his group’s “Westside Slaughterhouse” track. Common’s cold response on “The B—h in Yoo” seemingly toppled Cube’s career in one fell swoop.

camos@nydailynews.com

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