40 Of the Most Brutal Diss Lines in Rap History

40 Of the Most Brutal Diss Lines in Rap History


August 7th, 2015


It’s a harsh world out there, particularly if you’re on top—or gunning for that role. But let’s face it: it’s two MCs battling for rap supremacy that can bring out the best in both of them, and creates the most fun for fans debating over who won any particular beef. And hip-hop, of course, has served up plenty over the years. As long as nothing ever bleeds into violence, rappers going at each other on wax is one of the most entertaining aspects of the artform, with cleverness often coming out on top, but brutal bars knocking out anything in their way.

While we’re in the midst—or are we? paging the Pinkprint Tour—of a rap battle between two of the top MCs in the game in Drake and Meek Mill, XXL decided to take a look at some of the more personal, pointed and brutal bars that have emerged in hip-hop over the years. From the infamous Jay Z vs. Nas feud to the far-reaching East Coast vs. West Coast dog fight to the battle for the title of King of the South, here are 50 of the most brutal diss lines in rap history


50 Cent, “Back Down”

Year: 2003
Target: Ja Rule, Irv Gotti, Cadillac Tah, Black Child
Brutal Bars: “You’s a pop tart sweetheart, you soft in the middle/I eat you for breakfast, the watch was exchanged for your necklace.”

Beanie Sigel, “Empire Strikes Back Freestyle”

Year: 2001
Target: Jadakiss
Brutal Bars: “What’s funny Jason, really think you grimy too/Now everybody liked you better in that shiny suit.”

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