Lil B and David Banner Squash Beef

February 9th, 2012

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By Dan Reagans

While hip hop may have been founded and based around lyrical jousting it is now safe to say that those elements of rap music have evolved a great deal into something more bizarre. The latest rap acts to get caught up in heated verbiage was Mississippi veteran spitter-producer David Banner and the self-proclaimed Based God Lil B.

Over the years hip hop heads have seen beef go from insults to fist fights to gunshots and sex tapes. Although the beefing art form is no longer at its worst, it has become more ridiculous and humorous.

In playing the part of a hip hop griot, David Banner’s controversial song “Swag” noted the digression of moral ethics in today’s music, most notably caucasian rapper V-Nasty’s unapologetic use of the N-word, along with the regular message of rappers glorifying guns, drugs, sex and violence and calling it swag. While Lil B took offense and put out his own version of the song “I Own Swag” filled with a plethora of indirect disses aimed at Banner, the Based God took to Twitter to say he meant no disrespect toward Banner in any way. He even went on further to say that he had just got off the phone with the veteran MC and that everything was cool.

Has throwing stones and hiding your hand become the new beef or just a publicity stunt to sell records and stay relevant?

While this isn’t the only recent old school vs. new school beef to end before it started  (i.e.: Common vs. Drake) it does shed some light on the true climate behind these verbal onslaughts. Common made his shots at Drizzy public just after his album The Dreamer, The Believer hit stores, and Lil B made blog headlines again this week after making his latest reconciliation with Banner public knowledge. Obviously there’s something to gain from these metaphoric squabbles, so sayeth Drake during his interview with on whether or not he’ll respond to Common’s disses.

“No. Because despite how it’s been worded by him that situation is not a ‘hip hop moment’ or a ‘battle for the sake of musical integrity’…it’s a ploy for attention around the release of an album.”

Goodbye good ole fashion rap beef and hello reality tv hip hop.

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