What’s Beef

‘Beef’ was a term that was popularised through hip-hop. It denoted a fracas, something far greater than a verbal dispute. In the nineties, when rappers mentioned they were in beef with another rapper…you knew what time it was. They weren’t going to have a dance-off or DJ spin-off like they did in the eighties – things had evolved since then.

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In the nineties, when rappers mentioned they were in beef with another rapper…you knew what time it was. They weren’t going to have a dance-off or DJ spin-off like they did in the eighties – things had evolved since then.
— Stephanie Johnson
I felt numb. Unsure if I had done something good or bad, my memories of our former friendship were absent and without sentiment. I was standing there, unbalanced, with arms by my side, staring at Shannon and my missing shoe behind her.
— Stephanie Johnson