This year has seen a resurgence of ridiculous, high-profile hip-hop beefs, with the likes of Action Bronson and Ghostface Killah, Jay Electronica dissing Drake and J. Cole, and of course, the most talked-about, and worst/most ridiculous of them all, Drake and Meek Mill beef; it seems everybody is calling out everybody else. Even Melbourne’s ‘ur boy,’ Bangs is staking a claim at hip hop’s number one spot, and calling out Eminem and Drake to name a few. Surely we can settle this somehow – an epic rap battle might be the only way.
I got my hopes up the other week when Yasiin Bey, better known as Mos Def, offered an open challenge to all rappers. Unfortunately he later withdrew, saying “I’d rather be filing paperwork.” But it seems that Funk Volume may have sparked a little friendly competition by challenging other rap labels to a $500,000 battle.
Last week, Funk Volume’s Hopsin, Jarren Benton and Dizzy Wright went on American radio program ‘Sway in the Morning’, and sat down with Sway Calloway to discuss various topics. Funk Volume’s monster challenge is to the sum of $500K, and they claim they can and will defeat any other label in hip hop in a 3-on-3 battle. They didn’t back down an inch from their challenge when questioned, even when faced with such esteemed names as Shady, TDE, Strange, G.O.O.D. and more. “Anybody,” they say, can get it.
The challenge comes as no surprise after Hospin’s copious Twitter rant over the state of modern day hip-hop. See a few below.
— Sway Calloway (@RealSway) August 19, 2015
The only question remains, will anyone actually step up to the challenge? With such powerhouses of rap coming out of the afore mentioned labels the competition will be hot.
My ‘dream team’ pick of the squads is:
Funk Volume – This one picks itself. Hopsin, Jarren Benton and Dizzy Wright
G.O.O.D. – Yasiin, Q-Tip and Kanye
Strange – Tech N9ne – while I am not familiar with the whole roster, Tech N9ne alone is worth three.
Shady – Eminem, Crooked I and Joell Ortiz.
Young Money – while not mentioned in Sway’s interview, Drake seems to be in the middle of many of the recent beefs, so it seems only fair that he is given a shot at the title. I see Drake easily winning his battle – he is on top of his game at the moment. Joining Drake would be Lil’ Wayne and Nicki Minaj.
For the win – G.O.O.D. Music. Mainly because Yasiin is a beast and I still have my faith that he can take anyone and that he will accept this challenge. I also don’t see Kanye losing anything (we know by now he doesn’t give in without a fight).