Ten Nastiest Feuds in the History of Pop Music
Yesterday, Crossfade reported on Steve Albini's recent beef with Odd Future. Here's the gist: After getting stuck on an airport shuttle with the rambunctious hip-hop collective, the notoriously cranky producer and musician wrote a post on his recording studio's message board detailing the group's rude behavior, which allegedly included shouting at the driver, random requests for McDonald's grub, and smoking reefer on the bus.
Since Albini's rant made its way around the internet, Tyler the Creator issued a series of tweets defending OFWGKTA and claiming he'd never heard of "Albino." In turn, Albini gave his own peacemaking retort to Chicagoist, and it seems the spat has come to a close.
We have to say, Steve Albini vs. Odd Future delivered on the LULz. Old man indie rock goes up against of spoiled internet troll MCs? Sounds good. Let's keep laughing with the ten nastiest music feuds in the history of pop music.
10. Mick Jagger vs. Keith Richards
Despite (or maybe directly because of) millions of dollars, groupies, and kilograms of drugs, the Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have built a second career out of hating each other. A recent highlight was Richards's assertion in his massive fucking autobiography that Jagger's legendary "dissatisfaction" may have something to do with the large-lipped vocalist's incredibly tiny penis.
9. Neil Young vs. Lynyrd Skynyrd
Early in his solo career, Neil Young wrote a pair of songs -- "Alabama" and "Southern Man" -- critiquing racism in the American South. The Dixie-lovin' freebirds in Lynyrd Skynyrd didn't take kindly, and used "Sweet Home Alabama" to tell Young, a Canadian, that "Southern Man don't need him around."
8. Metallica vs. Megadeth
Megadeth was started by Dave Mustaine as the anti-Metallica after the heavy metal institution kicked the guitarist out of an early version of the band. In the clip above, it's 25 years later and Mustaine is still talking mad shit.
7. Vanilla Ice vs. Queen & David Bowie
Remember that video of Vanilla Ice trying to pretend the beat from "Ice, Ice Baby" was different than the one from "Under Pressure"? Well, here's a side-by-side comparison, just in case there was any confusion.
6. Prince vs. Madonna
After a short fling that resulted in the 1998 collaboration "Love Song," Prince and Madonna were prickly exes, with the Material Girl famously calling Prince "a little troll."
5. Debbie Gibson vs. Tiffany
Debbie Gibson and Tiffany were the '80s top pop teen queens. Today, they've turned their rivalry into fodder for cheap cash-ins, including a dumbass "cat fight" on SyFy's Mega Python vs. Gatoroid.
4. Courtney Love vs. Kathleen Hannah
These pillars of '90s bitch-rock -- Love representing the mainstream radio rock angst contingent, and Bikini Kill's Kathleen Hannah as the lead voice of the feminist-punk Riot Grrrl movement -- lost total sight of the bigger girl-power picture. And their feud got really nasty, culminating in a backstage rumble at Lollapalooza in 1995. To get these girls back in the spirit, here is Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon reading the Riot Grrl manifesto at the Knitting Factory in 2010.
3. Nas vs. Jay-Z
Once the dust had settled from Pac vs. Biggie, it was time for hip-hop to unleash its next big rivalry. Inspired, fittingly enough, by a competition over Biggie's crown as King of the East Coast, Jay-Z and Nas kicked off a still-prevalent rap world obsession with greatness via lineage. This feud has grown noticeably softer over time, though, as the murder of 2Pac and Biggie gave way to Nas making gay jokes about Jay-Z. (See: "Cock-a-fella" as well the track "Ether," above.) It's a sad spectacle that's led, finally, to 50 Cent and Kanye West curtly tweeting about album sales @ each other.
2. Nicki Minaj vs. Lil Kim vs. Foxy Brown
Lil Kim and Foxy Brown have been exchanging disses for years. But recently, Ms. Minaj has turned this feud into a three-way thang with a smackdown of "Oh No She Didn't!" verses. Peep this vid for a sampling of Nicki's best lyrical bitchslaps.
1. Dixie Chicks vs. Toby Keith
In the early 2000s, the Dixie Chicks were a strangely subversive voice in pop country, rallying against the Iraq War at a time when the trio's core demographic (not to mention the entire country) was still very much behind the invasion. One flare up came when Dixie Chick Natalie Maines wore a "FUTK" shirt in response to country megastar Toby Keith's jingoistic single "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)."
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