If sex sells, then beef is that guy on the street corner in the Statue of Liberty costume making the Turbo Tax sign do acrobatics while cranking the Nae Nae. It might not be the most admirable tactic in drawing attention, but beefing is the perfect eye-catching ploy—whether done with ulterior motives or not.
When the (lyrical) shots are popping off, we all watch. We click on the abrasive, trolly videos. We trip off the scandalous tweets. We comb through the rhymes to find subliminal jabs to use as evidence that the beef is cooking. It’s must-see TV. However, while everyone loves reveling in the spectacle of two rappers clapping at one another—whether on social media, in person or on wax—fans love a good reconciliation story just as much.
Most rap issues are petty in nature and could have easily been avoided with a simple conversation. Therefore, aside from mortal enemies Ja Rule and 50 Cent, beef typically has an expiration date. 2018 has been a year in which a number of issues were resolved.
With 2018 about to kick the bucket, XXL scans back over the year and looks into when the smoke cleared with several highly publicized clashes.
Boosie BadAzz and Kevin Gates January
Two of Baton Rouge’s biggest artists were at odds for a few years. The origin of the beef appears to lie in the streets, but things came to a head back in 2016 when Boosie and Gates' crews got into a brawl in Louisville, Ky. In January 2018, Boosie revealed the issue between the rappers was officially dead by announcing he was trying to get Gates to perform at his concert.
Remy Ma and Lady LuckMarch
Remy Ma and Lady Luck engaged in an epic Fight Klub battle all the way back in 2004 and the bad blood remained for years. In March 2018, both artists finally took the high road and decided to end it. The two reportedly talked on the phone and later exchanged compliments on social media.
The Game and Meek MillApril
It was on and popping between Meek Mill and The Game in 2016 and 2017, after Chuck accused Meek of telling the police he robbed Sean Kingston in a Los Angeles club. Memes were made, diss songs were exchanged and things got tense for a moment. Then Meek went to jail. In December 2018, Game revealed he and Meek quietly squashed their beef on the phone shortly after the Dreamchasers rapper got out.
6ix9ine and Casanova’s beef was getting real in these streets, allegedly. Over its course, a near-scuffle and two shootings were reportedly related to the Brooklyn rappers’ problems with each other. In May 2018, at the height of the back and forth, they unexpectedly called a truce on Instagram. Cas later called it a defining moment in his life.
Lil Yachty and ThouxanbanfauniJune
Boat revealed the news on Twitter, typing, "Just talked to @Thouxanbanfauni and it's all of love. A lot of brotherly love ❤️."
Fauni retweeted Lil Boat's tweet, adding, "Do what we want Not what they tell us ☪️."
Kodak Black and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie September
This one came out of nowhere. A few weeks after being released from jail, Lil Kodak curiously went on a wild rant on Instagram Live and promised to bless Bronx rappers A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and Don Q with the fade. "I'm finna beat up A Boogie," he said. "Everybody in the world! I don't give a fuck. I'm finna beat up everybody."
Drake and Meek Mill September
Drake and Chris Brown’s beef is hinged on one person: Rihanna. But things turned physical in June 2012, when the entertainers’ entourages nearly fought during a bottle-throwing incident at New York City’s now-defunct W.i.P. Nightclub. Tensions seemed to die down in 2014, when they both appeared in a comedic skit for the ESPY Awards. A short time later, CB made it clear that he was not messing with Aubrey. In October 2018, Drake reunited with Breezy at an Aubrey & The Three Migos tour stop in Los Angeles.