After a heated split with N.W.A., Cube unleashed an attack on his former group members and their manager, Jerry Heller, for causing a rift.
Killer Line: "With the L-E-N-C-H M-O-B, and ya'll disgrace the C-P-T / 'Cause you're gettin' fucked out your green by a white boy with no vaseline."
More bad blood between former N.W.A members was stirred when Dre and then-protege Snoop Doggy Dogg set their sights on "Sleazy-E" and other trash-talking contemporaries.
Killer Line: "Used to be my homie / Used to be my ace / Now I wanna slap the taste out your mouth."
The late great Tupac Shakur unloaded on just about every East Coast rapper in the game, including friend-turned-foe The Notorious B.I.G.
Killer Line: "First off: fuck your bitch and the clique you claim / West side when we ride, come equipped with game / You claim to be a player but I fucked your wife / We bust on Bad Boys niggas fucked for life.”
Rather than targeting a particular rival, Biggie Smalls basically took a shit on every rapper less successful than himself in this posthumously released diss track.
Killer Line: "Mad I smoke hydro, rock diamonds that's sick / Got paid off my flow, rhyme with my own clique / Take trips to Cairo, laying with your bitch / I know you praying you was rich, fucking prick."
Everlast isn't even in the same league as Em, but Slim really buried the "What It's Like" singer by comparing him unfavorably to rock-rapper Limp Bizkit.
Killer Line: "You better shut your fuckin mouth while you oh-for-two / Back in '94 Limp opened the show for you / Rocked the crowd better and stole the whole show from you / Took your motherfuckin' DJ and stole him too."
It's hard to spit rhymes about math and make it sound hard, but Hov managed to pull it off amid a total skewering of Nas.
Killer Line: "I've been in it five, smarten up Nas / Four albums in ten years nigga? I could divide / That's one every let's say two / two of them shits was due / One was "nah" / The other was Illmatic / That's a one hot album every ten year average."
This brutal response to Jay-Z's "Takeover" isn't just rude as hell—it's a straight-up death threat.
Killer Line: “When these streets keep callin’, heard it when I was asleep / That this Gay-Z and Cockafella Records wanted beef / Started cockin’ up my weapon, slowly loadin’ up this ammo / To explode it on a camel and his soldiers / I can handle this for dolo."
Long before Snoop squashed beef with former producer Suge Knight, he burned him bad with nearly six minutes of vicious insults.
Killer Line: "This nigga's a bitch like his wife / Suge Knight's a bitch and that's on my life."
Lil' Kim had publicly accused Minaj of copying her likeness for years. Apparently, the fire-breathing femcee arrived at her wit's end.
Killer Line: "Look at my show footage how these girls be spazzing / The fuck I look like gettin' back to a has-been / Yeah I said it, has-been."
It didn't take long for this legendary female rap star to spit graphic rhymes back at Nicki Minaj with a no-holds-barred diss track of her own.
Killer Line: "I still counting what Hardcore generated / Bet my shit keeps spinning like its syndicated / Corny broad I'll leave you bloody like you menstruated."
Hip-hop fans can't stop talking about how Pusha-T bodied
Drake on "The Story of Adidon," but that buzzed-about diss track is only the latest example of brutally entertaining beefs that have existed for as long as the genre itself.
The heated breakup of N.W.A. prompted the gangster rap pioneers to pen vicious verbal attacks against one another in the early '90s. Not long thereafter, Biggie and Tupac rose to embody the East coast-West coast battle for hip hop superiority. And don't sleep on the Eminem deep cut that shreds Everlast to pieces.
Scroll through our picks for the top ten most memorable diss tracks of all time in the gallery above.