The battle has been a staple of hip-hop since the inception of the genre and the diss record has been one of the most celebrated by-products of rap (What up, KRS?). But what happens when an artist, releases a record that doesn't name names but includes enough specifics to be declared a sneak attack by the greater hip-hop populous only to later recant the beef? We here at XXL were all excited about Nicki's perceived Lil' Kim diss on "Roman's Revenge" only to have the YM princess deny dissing Kim earlier this week.

Nicki isn't the only rapper to take the wind out of our fanatic sails, so takes a look at a few examples when rappers don’t own up to their ether. —Rob Markman & Jesse Gissen