The Essential Diss Tracks Of 2013 So Far

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Last week, hip-hop experienced its latest uproar when Kendrick Lamar claimed he was the “King of New York.” Rappers and fans alike had their own interpretations of his verse on Big Sean’s “Control.” Some said it was a shot at East Coast hip-hop, while others felt he was just hungry to be the greatest MC within the new school. Looking at the bigger picture, he shook the rap game up and brought back its competitive nature.

When a rapper says something controversial, it usually brings the best out of MCs. Throughout this year, we’ve seen our fair share of feuds. A few of these won’t make it in the greatest rap beef ever category—actually, most of them won’t—but they’ve given us some exciting and entertaining moments. So until the next statement that causes a riff in hip-hop, XXL complied all of the essential diss songs in 2013 so far. Your favorites, embarrassing ones and more are all here. Get caught up.—Eric Diep (@E_Diep) & Dan Jackson

  • jimbo_slice1

    Kendrick didnt diss anyone just challenged real rappers to bring hip-hop back!

  • NewZealandRapFan

    The Ying Yang twins are whack niggas. Fr

    • Dwahn Denson

      Lmao why are u wasting time dissing Ying Yang ?

    • swagzilla

      ying yang twins are good at what they do. when did they ever try to be lyrical? go back to listening to tupac

      • NewZealandRapFan

        yingyang twins are good at nothing, swerve nigga. go back to listening to big sean xD

  • Dwahn Denson

    Kendrick is the man at the moment in hip-hop but that statement did exactly what he set out for it to do which was to bring more attention to Kendrick smart move !

  • Evan Boland

    Good for Lupe going out that scum Obama. And Gucci a freak.

  • Henry McLees

    Where’s “Sea Legs” by Run The Jewels??

  • YANKEE__MATT

    …as long as everybody knows not to wake up Nas in battle…I’m cool

  • Ray

    SMH….Kendrick didn’t diss anyone…he’s challenging them…Y’all need to do some research