This girl is jumping down my throat for seeing me at stc & that I claim I never go out but go out with other friends but her… Bitch, get over yourself. I’m not going to be your puppy - that whenever you feel like going shopping, & I’m broke I tag along to all these expensive places, just to feel even more poor ‘cause you know very well I can never afford your Marc Jacobs. Please.
I go out when people offer to pay for my bus fair, ‘cause if I have at least 5 bucks on me, I’m making sure I use it wisely because God knows when the next time I’ll have my hand on even 2 bucks. Yes, you saw me at stc… & what? Did you ask where I was going? My ass was running around trying to change my currency & maybe hit up my college to pay the fee. This is why I hardly have friends, & the ones I do have, know me very well, & well enough to understand my situation. & you’re using hash tags as if this was twitter - like bitch that’s facebook, don’t get it twisted. Don’t tell me #justfuckingsaying. It’s not cool. Stuck up bitches.
On Grilling the Beef, Hip-Hop/Rap & Questioning a Legacy
A few days ago I flipped absentmindedly through this slideshow on Complex Magazine’s official site. My original intention was just to kill the time that I simultaneously had too much & not enough of, but I ended up learning a lot—mostly that there were fourteen other beefs in the hip-hop/rap world that I had no idea existed. To be honest, the only beef I had concrete details about was the one between femcees Nicki Minaj and Lil Kim, mostly because I was at an age to properly follow it and because it interested me on a level that my (budding) feminism was able to latch onto. Thankfully, I am now a little bit older and a little bit less obnoxious, so I reread through the slideshow and left with some questions about beefing, its influence on the hip-hop/rap community (and thus, the black community) and its importance.
When I wrote On Femcees & the Hip-Hop Highlander, I wanted to include a brief history of beefing, but I realized I didn’t know anything real about beefing. Much like many other facets of hip-hop & rap, I knew what it generally meant, and I’d heard of enough legendary beefs to put two and two together. What I didn’t understand was why beefs happened and the true effects it had on the hip-hop/rap world and the black community. In the case of the Minaj vs. Kim beef, it was easy to understand why two black female rappers in a majority black male space felt the need to claw at each other; that was survival and considerably necessary for their careers. With that in mind, beef between black male rappers—which arises far more often & with more media coverage—seems almost arbitrary and nothing more than unnecessary displays of arrogance and power.
I’m not going to frame beefs as such, however, because I am hesitant to characterize any facet of hip-hop/rap with an attitude that seems (uncomfortably) reminiscent of the anachronistic views of either genre. It would be dangerously easy to write off beefs as men flexing their muscles, especially when you consider how and why beefs were created. Additionally, we knowthat beefs have substantial influence on the black community, especially in the aftermath of the 1994-1997 Tupac vs. Notorious B.I.G. I refuse to label beefs as significant if they are able to rally an entire community into opposing sides.
As a witness to an argument about the (non-existent) Minaj vs. Banks “beef, I heard that “beef has always [been a part of] hip-hop.” It was a statement and an arguing point all at once; I thought “duh” in agreement even though I was on the opposing side. It’s not enough to say that beef has always been a part of hip-hop/rap; we should be questioning what kind of parts it has played. Has beef always been needed? How has it changed?
Sigh...Beef is becoming a bit LAME...
I just heard the Foxy diss to Lil’ Kim…and its just annoying me! Honestly, women in Hip Hop don’t got TIME or SPACE to beef! If we want respect in this game, we gotta make some good music, not beef with each other.
I will definitely be writing about this later … smdh