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You’re Killin’ Me: Hip-Hop Vegetarians

July 10, 2012 · Posted in editorial, you're killin me · 31 Comments 

Just like man was made to eat beef, hip-hop artists were meant to beef. I know I’m asking for trouble by taking on the vegetarian debate, but man was made to eat beef. Beef provides a complete source of protein, and it’s delicious. Too much beef can kill you though. Therefore, sometimes people choose to go vegetarian for both health and moral reasons, and that’s cool. But it’s not cool when rappers start to go green. Beef is entertaining but like real beef, or anything else for that matter, too much of it can kill you. Rappers are supposed to beef except that today’s rappers can’t do it in a healthy way. What happened to the healthy days of Kool Moe Dee versus Busy Bee Starski or BDP versus Juice Crew? You don’t have to die over beef. It’s all in the nature of competition. KRS is still alive. Busy Bee is still alive. Rappers shouldn’t be scared of beef! Now that’s that shit I don’t like. Yikes.


Hip-Hop is moving away from one of the things that made it hip-hop, and it worries me. I’m all for the progression of the culture and the music, but beef is crucial for hip-hop. Competition nourishes advancement. Beef doesn’t always have to be negative either. Rappers always talk about staying away from beef because they’re focused on positivity. Last time I checked, competition is healthy. Target vs. Wal-Mart? Kobe vs. LeBron? Apple vs. Microsoft? Competition always brings out the best in contestants. Since we have no real beefs anymore, hip-hop seems stagnant at times. As a result, we have these watered down songs with recycled verses and regurgitated beats. There’s no one to check them because everybody is trying to be friends with everybody. Even blogs fail to check sometimes. Maybe the blog has a relationship with the rapper and they can’t fairly judge the material. I know for a fact that this happens. Just keep an eye out long enough and you’ll see who has a relationship with who. Competition is healthy! There’s plenty of inherent competition in hip-hop, but no one is really going head to head. No one has drawn the line, and when a line is drawn, rappers run away from it. If a rapper disses a crew one day, the next day he’s calling for an end to the dispute. You’re killin’ me.

But why are they scared? Rappers are scared to beef because they fear of having their fake pasts or flawed lyrical abilities exposed. Can you imagine Drake and Chris Brown in a battle? Side note, why is everybody attacking Drake? I know of a dozen inferior rappers, yet they’re untouched. Moving on, rappers seem scared of a little competition. That’s why they elevate situations when they don’t need to be elevated. Instead of fighting with their verses, they act like degenerates and start throwing bottles. They take the violent road because they don’t want to go down lyricism ave. Why do you think that we never hear replies? Rappers can’t compete. When people can’t compete, they lose. When most rappers can’t compete, hip-hop loses. I’m not surprised at the 1-hit and done rappers. They’re not bred to last. This vegetarian attitude is hurting hip-hop. Everybody is so damn scared to butt heads because they don’t want to be exposed. We shouldn’t be asking them what they think of so-and-so, we should be asking them, rare, medium, or well done?

Rappers, the green diet can possibly kill the genre. Y’all are starting to sound the same. I’m not asking for an all out war either, or for you to go out and find beef where there isn’t any. When the beef lands on your plate, don’t run for the exit. Grab your fork and knife and dig in. You’re killin’ me.

Written by @QuezKHH, like me on facebook.

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31 Responses to “You’re Killin’ Me: Hip-Hop Vegetarians”

  1. riphop on July 10th, 2012 1:44 pm

    Beef is good but todays rappers are always beefing over irrelevant/not valid shit.

    Take Pusha vs Ymcmb
    Pusha talks about being signed to three niggas, forgetting that he’s in the same boat. So that was kinda irrelevant? Yeah

    Also there’s a new trend going: diss Drake a week before your album drops.

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    ccrr Reply:

    Amen to that.

    @riphop,

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    thompsonlxs Reply:

    @riphop, beef is competitive and Pusha vs Wayne isn’t irrelevant. Wayne hasnt been saying anything relevant since carter 2 and pusha is calling him out

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    Riphop Reply:

    @thompsonlxs, Yeah that might be bcoz he started making commercial music after Carter 2. Anyways this Pusha x Wayne beef doesn’t excite me.

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  2. 2 on July 10th, 2012 2:05 pm

    Without Getting BeefS you coulNd do a Move on. If itZ turn to Positiv or Negativ depends of the direction where youR leading youR pen. you have the opinion that the Competition is healthy~ i coulNd share it, cuz i miss a lot of ThinGs in the Realness.

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  3. Brahanadon on July 10th, 2012 2:13 pm

    Luda isn’t afraid of beef, which is why he always has and always will be one of my favorites.

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  4. Dre4lyph on July 10th, 2012 2:14 pm

    “Drake this is how they gon’ come at you with silly rap fuse trying to distract you in diguise in the form of a favor,The Barzini meet, watch for the traitors.”

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    IgorTDTB Reply:

    @Dre4lyph, Jay-Z, Light Up.

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    TowAway Reply:

    @Dre4lyph, *with silly rap feuds trying to distract you

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  5. conq on July 10th, 2012 2:26 pm

    I certainly don’t think Chris Brown would need Drake to have commercial success, he has won multiple grammy’s (something Drake is forever crying over) and has continuously produced R’nB hits. The truth is if Drake doesn’t respond to Brown’s WEAK diss… You will be mad to not say he is a pussy ass nigga!

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    riphop Reply:

    @conq, Yes CB doesn’t need Drakes commercial success but it begs the question: why diss drake a week before his album drop? Plus we all know Chris is a R&B/pop nigga so why act all tough?

    Yes Chris has multiple grammys with barely any real competition, whereas Drake loses to guys like Eminem and Jay-z etc. But i assure you ‘Take Care’ will win Grammy in 2013, that’s my word.

    Yes CB diss was weak and why should drake respond to weak disses? Brown was talkibg about drizzys bodily features (eyebrows) lol which is kinda gay if one nigga talks about another niggas features :D

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  6. sampz on July 10th, 2012 3:11 pm

    The only rapper who has shown recently he is not scared to beef has been lil wayne. No mention or acknowledgement?? The game also but that is no surprise.

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    riphop Reply:

    @sampz, Well wayne has only let everyone know that if you fire shots at him, he’ll fire back. That isn’t beef and doesn’t deserve acknowledgement.

    i giv him props for mentioning name though but thats it.

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    Shisha Reply:

    @riphop, its not a beef because the pussies who diss wayne and or young money diss first so wayne fires back and then they don’t respond. (push and jay-z)

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    Riphop Reply:

    @Shisha, That’s true they start but never respond and act like they ain’t done anything.

    thompsonlxs Reply:

    @riphop, if wayne is claiming he is the best rapper alive how come his response to pusha diss was str8 garbage

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    Riphop Reply:

    @thompsonlxs, true that goulish diss was weak. Also have you noticed he doesn’t call himself the best anymore.

    thompsonlxs Reply:

    @thompsonlxs, now that u mentioned it i havent

    SWAG Reply:

    @thompsonlxs, okay well thats ur opinion, and u obviously r a pusha fan (or just a wayne hater)…atleast he name dropped him, not to mention he did that diss track in a day. while pusha t took who knows how long to do exodus.

    pusha t started the beef with a subliminal diss…wayne immediately dissed him back and name dropped him…pusha has not answer, then he lied and said it wasn’t a diss song…cmon now, you really think pusha t won?

  7. Illadelph_meekmill on July 10th, 2012 5:21 pm

    Does anyone ever understand what this guy is sayin@2,

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    Jose_realgame Reply:

    @Illadelph_meekmill, maaan, finally someone that thinks like me, that dude comments on almost ever khh post and i never understand what the hell he says lol

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    Riggs Reply:

    @Jose_realgame, Who the hell is that guy lol

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    thompsonlxs Reply:

    @Riggs, he needs to go back to kindergarten he cant write or spell to save his life

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  8. PRO.T on July 10th, 2012 11:27 pm

    Hip hop aint shit wthwt beef…enough said

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  9. Curt on July 11th, 2012 12:17 am

    I don’t think hip hop has ever been in a better overall state. A lot of artists aren’t getting the recognition they deserve and some are getting more than they deserve. But at least if you want to go find the type of hip hop you like you can find it now. Like for me I recognize not everyone likes the type of shit I do. But I’m one of the few willing to go find my own music and not just listen to what everyone else clicks on.

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  10. The Royal One on July 11th, 2012 1:38 am

    Quez and I are actually on the same page. I’m so sick of all these rappers being so buddy buddy. They do everything together like a group of teenage girls. They are so dependant on each other to make a hit record that there afraid to piss each other off just in case they might need that person for a collab.

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    riphop Reply:

    @The Royal One, Word. Valid point.

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  11. Gimmie Da Mike on July 11th, 2012 6:01 pm

    You’re Killin’ ME: Beef Will Be (and sadly has already become) The Death of Hip Hop

    There was a time when hip hop was an art. The lyrics served as a creative channel, a means of personal expression. 20 years ago, hip hop artists stood out for their innovation; to get ahead, rappers didn’t need to bring down or destroy any other artist. They were magnificent thanks to their own creativity.

    Fast forward a couple decades, and a scathing attack on the next rapper’s character, a bottle brawl in middle of a party, gunshots outside a Southside studio: the’re each a sign of desperation, a publicity stunt, a gimmick. Weak artists start beef when they have reached the limits of their artistic ability and can no longer grow on their own accord. That’s pretty lame in my opinion and (RE:”What happened to the healthy days of Kool Moe Dee versus Busy Bee Starski or BDP versus Juice Crew?”) is definitely not the same as healthy competition. Healthy competition encourages everyone involved to push themselves harder than they would have without competition, and as a result they achieve greater artistic growth whether they won or lost. Beef, on the other hand, is a tragic gateway that has proven only to lead to a sensationally negative outcome in which neither artist achieves anything artistically.

    @killerhiphop, reading this, all i have to say is “Really?” Soooooooo, competition requires beef? Does it feel that great to wallow in your own ignorance? … No seriously. This writing shows that you are incapable of appreciating true artistic greatness. If you feel that rappers need to beef with each other, you have no idea what the spirit of hip-hop is. You killed it.

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  12. regan on July 11th, 2012 6:04 pm

    Only thing I’ll say bout the CB vs drake bullshit is all you have to do to Chris is call him a woman beater & hell cry and shut the fuck up.

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  13. AfricaRising on July 11th, 2012 9:00 pm

    *thinking* . . . Beef is great. Look at Nas and Jay. These buggers went on 2 include their diss tracks on actual commercial albums. 50 and Ross was abit comical but I mean it still was entertaining. With Ross being exposed and all. Lol. Still think that Ross came out tops music wise. Although for me it in no way reflects on his lyrical prowess. It just means that commercially Ross ended up betta than 50. So beef helps.

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