Exclaim!'s 2013 in Lists: Top 10 Beefs of 2013

Exclaim!'s 2013 in Lists: Top 10 Beefs of 2013
5. Gucci Mane vs. Waka Flocka Flame:

They were once the best of friends, but the former Ferrari Boyz have seemingly damaged their friendship beyond repair. The worst of it happened in September, when Gucci had a barely coherent Twitter meltdown, firing verbal shots at numerous peers in the industry. Specifically, he said some less than kind things about Waka Flocka Flame. He soon apologized, blaming his tirade on an addiction to lean. While he was in rehab, however, Waka dropped an inflammatory video for "Obituary," poking fun at Gucci's problems with a man eating an ice cream cone in a psych ward.

4. Riff Raff vs. James Franco:

Harmony Korine's boobs 'n' booze romp Spring Breakers was a divisive film that fans equally loved and hated. One person particularly irked by it, however, was neon-coloured rap character Riff Raff, who claimed star James Franco ripped off his look and personality for his role in the movie. Both Franco and Korine have agreed that the film's Alien character was loosely inspired by Riff Raff, along with many other characters.

Riff Raff insists they stole his likeness wholesale, however, even threatening to sue the film's creators for $8-10 million. There's no word on what happened with the lawsuit, but we did get some decent quotes out of it: "I just need my money. It's like if I have a front yard. And you're planting soil and you're planting trees and building peaches and houses and selling parking lots on my property... then I deserve to be compensated for some portion of that money," Riff Raff told TMZ.

3. Azealia Banks vs. Baauer, Perez Hilton, the Stone Roses, Disclosure and Pharrell:

Way back in 2011, the NME named Azealia Banks one of the coolest people of the year. Since then, she's dropped singles and mixtapes here and there, but has yet to deliver her long-awaited Broke With Expensive Taste LP. That's the least of her troubles, however: she's also managed to make enemies with most of the music industry. The year kicked off with a fight between Banks and EDM superstar Baauer when the latter filed a copyright claim against her over an unofficial remix of his song "Harlem Shake." Banks, in turn, freaked out on Twitter, using homophobic slurs to insult the artist. This pissed off gossip blogger Perez Hilton, who trashed her on his blog.

A month later, when the Stone Roses allegedly tested their equipment while she was performing at an Australian music festival, she called them "old saggy white niggas" on Twitter, adding that she wished them "nothing but excrement and death." So much hate!

That was just scratching the surface, however. After she tweeted that an exciting new collaboration with hyped dance duo Disclosure was on the way, they pointed out that they hadn't actually completed any recordings yet. Frustrated by their "rude" comments, she scrapped the collaboration altogether.

Finally, when her new single "ATM Jam" came out and didn't perform as well as she'd hoped, she blamed it on producer Pharrell for not appearing in the video. "The reason ATM jam did poorly is because pharell changed his mind about wanting to be associated with me after he had his lite skin comeback," she tweeted. Somewhere in there, she also managed to get in numerous online spats with Lily Allen, also via Twitter. You really need to count to ten before you tweet, Azealia.

2. Kanye West vs. Jimmy Kimmel:

Perhaps more than ever before, Kanye West's ego was on full display this year, with the rapper-turned-saviour-of-humanity likening himself to everyone from Andy Warhol and Walt Disney to Jeezus Jesus Christ. It's understandable, then, that some felt the need to poke fun at his extreme self-confidence.

After 'Ye's lengthy interview with BBC Radio's Zane Lowe, Jimmy Kimmel poked fun at it by hiring child actors to reenact the clip. The mostly innocuous spoof rubbed West the wrong way, inspiring a huge explosion. They ended up making up on TV, resulting in a ratings spike for Kimmel's talk show, but Kanye's Twitter hate will live on forever in our hearts, with endlessly quotable phrases like "JIMMY KIMMEL PUT YOURSELF IN MY SHOES ... OH NO THAT MEANS YOU WOULD HAVE GOTTEN TOO MUCH GOOD PUSSY IN YOUR LIFE..." and an image of Spongebob Squarepants holding a rainbow, with the text "JIMMY KIMMEL FACE MOTHERFUCKER" written across it.

1. Kendrick Lamar vs. all of Hip-Hop:

No one drew a line in the sand or antagonized others quite as much as Kendrick Lamar did when he dropped his instantly viral verse on Big Sean's "Control" back in August. Taking shots at J. Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Wale, Pusha T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake, Big Sean (yes, even the guy whose song he was on!), Jay Electronica, Tyler, the Creator and Mac Miller, Lamar's verse was pure, unadulterated ego. He admitted he had love for them all, but wouldn't let them stand a chance in the music biz. Furthermore, he called himself the king of New York, despite hailing from Los Angeles.

The song had everyone talking for months, including many of the people addressed in the verse. Meek Mill released more than one response track, while Drake refused to acknowledge it as any sort of threat. J. Cole finally responded last month on a remix to Justin Timberlake's "TKO." Someone even recently asked Drake's dad about it. No one started a lasting back-and-forth fight in 2013 quite like Kendrick Lamar did with "Control."

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