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California rap beef: What is the history of it?

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California rap beef: What is the history of it?

Rap beefs have been around for decades and although they are nothing new, the ongoing feud between rappers Kendrick Lamar and Drake has sparked renewed interest in musical altercations. 

What is a rap beef?

A rap beef can be defined as a feud between rappers who create songs with the primary purpose of verbally attacking each other. The songs are known as diss tracks and can be a display of lyrical superiority for artists — and entertainment heaven for fans.  

What are some popular rap beefs in California?

While multiple reports credit New York as being the home state to rap beef, California rappers have chimed into their fair share of popular wars of words. 

Ice Cube vs. N.W.A

The late 1980s feud beef between Ice Cube and his former group, NWA, was a legendary rap beef with roots in California. N.W.A originated in 1987 with some hip-hop icons such as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, MC Ren, DJ Yella, and Arabian Prince. Most of the members grew up together in Compton. 

Rap group N.W.A. pose with rappers The D.O.C. and Laylaw from Above The Law (L-R standing: Laylaw, DJ Yella, Dr. Dre and The D.O.C. seated Ice Cube, Eazy-E, and MC Ren) backstage at the Kemper Arena during their ‘Straight Outta Compton’ tour in June 1989 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Tensions rose when Ice Cube left the group because of disagreements about money, according to americansongwriter.com. In an interview with Thrasher Magazine, Ice Cube said he would “rather be broke than be in a major group and not be getting paid right.” 

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His departure from N.W.A led to a rivalry between him and his former group mates and the 1991 release of what is still considered to be one of the greatest diss records of all time, “No Vaseline.” 

2pac vs. Biggie

Tupac Shakur (2pac) vs. Christopher Wallace (Notorious B.I.G or Biggie) is remembered by many to be the greatest, and most tragic, rap beef of all time. Tupac, 24, was signed to a California-based label, and Biggie, 25, was from New York. The two went back and forth through their music from 1994-1996. 

They started off as collaborators, but a beef was sparked after 2pac was ambushed and wounded at a New York City recording studio in 1994. He alleged that Biggie and P. Diddy were responsible for it, according to the Associated Press. Several legendary diss tracks stemmed from their feud such as “Who Shot Ya,” by Biggie and “Hit em Up,” by 2pac. 

Rappers Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G. and P. Diddy perform onstage at the Palladium on July 23, 1993, in New York, New York. (Photo by Al Pereira/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

The West Coast vs. East Coast rivalry ended in September of 1996 when 2pac was gunned down in Las Vegas. Six months later, Biggy would suffer the same fate when he was fatally shot in Los Angeles. Their deaths were a blow to the hip-hop world, and although it has been almost 30 years, many fans of the genre agree there’s a void in the rap industry that still resonates today.  

The Game vs. 50 Cent

The war of words between Jayceon Taylor (The Game) and Curtis Jackson (50 Cent) is one of the longest and most notorious hip-hop beefs in history. This was another West Side vs. East Side battle with The Game being from Compton and 50 Cent from New York. According to BET.com, their beef officially started in 2005 when 50 Cent went on the Hot 97 radio show and announced that The Game, who was signed to his label, was getting kicked off.  

In response, The Game showed up to the radio building to confront 50 Cent but was blocked by security from going inside, according to complex.com. The outdoor altercation led to a shootout between the two sides and one person from The Game’s camp was injured.  

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Rappers 50 Cent and The Game make an appearance at the Schomburg Center For Research in Black Culture to announce they will put their differences aside and make amends on March 9, 2005, in New York City. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)

Following the incident, 50 Cent did several interviews where he took jabs at The Game. He accused The Game of being an exotic dancer with no street credit and a host of other things. In response, The Game launched a campaign called G-Unot, a mockery of 50 Cent’s label and brand, G-Unit. It also birthed a nearly 15-minute iconic diss track by The Game, 300 Bars and Running.  

The beef lasted for several years, until The Game publicly apologized in 2016 during a show in Los Angeles, according to XXL.com. However, it was seemingly reignited in 2022 when The Game called 50 Cent a profane name on stage.  

Kendrick Lamar vs. Drake

2024 is the current host of one of the wildest rap beefs in recent years – Kendrick Lamar vs. Drake. Their animosity toward each other goes back to 2013 when Kendrick Lamar included a line in a song that said he wanted to murder Drake and other popular rappers when it came to music, according to KTLA.  

Several diss tracks have been released over the past few weeks between Drake and Kendrick Lamar. (Getty Images)

At the time, Lamar claimed the bar was figurative and friendly competition, but fast forward over a decade later and things between the two are far from friendly. Over the last several weeks nearly 10 diss tracks have been dropped between the two rappers. From allegations of domestic violence and child abuse to plastic surgery and more – the limits of disrespect toward each other have been endless. On May 3 alone, four songs were released within 24 hours which has had fans on the edge of their seats to see what will happen next.  

Do rappers start beef for publicity or monetary gain?

Although there has not been any hard evidence of staged rap beefs recorded, it cannot be denied that music labels benefit from the extra sales and streams garnered from music feuds.  

For example, Drake is signed to Universal Music Group. Kendrick Lamar is signed to his own label called pgLang. pgLang is a partner of Interscope Records which is owned by Universal Music Group. Essentially, the two are label brothers under Universal – and most of their recently released diss tracks are available for consumption on YouTube, Apple Music, Spotify and SoundCloud.

With all the extra focus on their ongoing beef, Universal Music Group is most likely swimming in a pool of new revenue from the unprecedented number of diss tracks dropped and streamed from their artist’s rap beef. 

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In fact, the Kendrick Lamar and Drake beef has been so successful that several of their new releases are in the top 20 of Billboard’s top 100 songs, and Kendrick Lamar recently broke Drake’s 2021 Spotify record for most streams in one day – over 6 million streams.

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Cougars on the prowl in Southern California neighborhood

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Cougars on the prowl in Southern California neighborhood

Residents in a region of San Bernardino County are on high alert after home surveillance cameras have spotted several mountain lions roaming neighborhoods.  

One Redlands resident, identified only as Virginia, spotted a lone prowler on her property on Drake Ridge Crest, the big cat strolling across the porch in the evening hours.  

“It was obvious it was a mountain lion just the way it walked, like it was king of the roost,” she told KTLA’s Shelby Nelson.  

Virginia, who frequently checks her camera footage for a stray cat that she’s been feeding, said the cougar was on her property last Thursday and it was definitely a different cat that she expected to see.  

“It kind of made my jaw drop because I’ve never seen a mountain lion before,” she added.  

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California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife told KTLA that it has received several reports of mountain lions in the area, with many residents posting videos to social media.  

Near Hillside Memorial Park, less than three miles from Redlands, one person’s security cameras captured a mountain lion in their backyard.  

“Specifically where these reports came from, on the edge of Redlands, adjacent to the San Timoteo Canyon, [this is] where lions – all wildlife really – use that canyon as a migration corridor,” CDFW representative Kevin Howells explained.  

  • Mountain lions caught prowling SoCal neighborhood
  • Mountain lions caught prowling SoCal neighborhood
  • Mountain lions caught prowling SoCal neighborhood

These areas, according to Howells, are mountain lion territory and sightings are to be expected, particularly since more people now have cameras.  

“People are detecting what has been walking around the entire time,” he explained.  

Additionally, Howells said it’s the end of kitten season and mature female cougars have likely already given birth and are stashing their offspring while they go out and hunt for food.  

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Earlier this month, in Thousand Oaks, a baby mountain lion was captured on home surveillance cameras stalking a house cat.

However, the number one food source for mountain lions are deer, so Howells recommends people deer proof their homes.  

“Trim back any excess cover, any vegetation that these animals may use,” he advised.  

As for Redlands resident Robert Zielinski, who owns a dog that seems like it might stand a chance with a mountain lion, he says he’s staying prepared.  

“We usually lower [our] guard. I don’t panic, but after watching that video, I double check that all the gates are locked, closed, that the doors are closed and windows,” he said.

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Wildlife officials couldn’t confirm if all the sightings involve the same cougar, but did warn residents who may come upon a stash of kittens to not approach it because the mother may be nearby and will be returning.

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UCLA academic workers union strikes after response to encampments

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Academic workers at UCLA are on strike Tuesday to protest the University of California System’s response to pro-Palestinian encampments on campus.

The protests, created in response to Israel’s actions in Gaza in the months following Hamas’ Oct. 7, 2023, attack, roiled campuses nationwide and led to violence in some cases, including at UCLA.

While some officials have faced negative repercussions, including the UCLA police chief, the union representing academic workers said more wrongdoing has not been addressed, as reported by the Los Angeles Times.

Starting at UC Santa Cruz last week, strikes organized by United Auto Workers Local 4811, which the Times notes “represents 48,000 graduate student teaching assistants, tutors, researchers and others,” have affected UC campuses right as these workers are needed most for finals and year-end projects.

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Jon Baird of KNX News said strikers have been a visible presence on campus, including by blocking access to a parking garage for visitors, and UCLA isn’t alone.

UC Davis workers are also on strike, and as many as three other campuses could join the strike by Friday.

“The academic workers contend that their free speech rights were violated when university leaders called on police to forcibly remove pro-Palestinian encampments at several campuses and activists at UCLA were not protected from an attack on the camp by counterprotesters for hours,” the Times reports. “Police later dismantled the UCLA encampment, making about 200 arrests, including some members of the striking union.”

UC officials have argued the strikes are illegal, though the state labor board rejected its request.

In the meantime, striking workers are expressing their support for the Palestinian people and hoping these strikes aid their cause.

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“I think the union is in a position to really just lift up this issue on the national stage and challenge sort of mainstream discourse and status quo,” Gene McAdoo, a doctoral student at UCLA, told the Times.

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Baby mountain lion stalking Southern California neighborhood

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A young mountain lion roaming a Thousand Oaks neighborhood has residents on alert, especially after it was captured on home surveillance cameras chasing a family’s house cat.  

While the baby couguar may look cute at first glance, residents in the area quickly realized the small mountain lion is hungry and looking for food.  

“I saw it and I looked again because we do have house cats go across the front door,” Thousand Oaks resident Kelly McGee told KTLA’s Carlos Saucedo. “I looked again and I was like, ‘No, the ears are round. That’s not a cat.’”  

Kelly and Mark McGee spotted the cougar on their home’s motion activated cameras earlier this when it was on their front porch.  

“It wasn’t full size, so we had to re-look at it and zoom into it and stuff and then we realized, ‘Oh my God, it’s a baby mountain lion,’” Mark explained.  

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  • Baby mountain lion stalking Southern California neighborhood
  • Baby mountain lion stalking Southern California neighborhood
  • Baby mountain lion stalking Southern California neighborhood

Cameras at their neighbor’s home across the street also captured the young mountain lion as it was chasing after a cat and it’s unclear what happened to the wild cat’s prey.  

“We hope it’s okay,” Kelly said. “We haven’t heard of any neighbors missing a cat yet, so hopefully he made it home.”  

The McGee’s and their neighbors live near Los Padres trail, a wildlife preserve. So, residents in these foothills are used to seeing all sorts of animals, including coyotes who routinely visit homes in the area.  

“We’ve been here since 1987,” Esther O’Connor told KTLA. “Basically, the only wildlife we’ve ever seen, up until I would say a couple of years ago, were birds and squirrels and racoons, but never a mountain lion.”  

The recent cougar sightings have residents on edge, particularly those with small pets.  

“They can jump the fence pretty easy and get in the backyard,” Mark explained. “We let our dogs out late. I always worry about that.”  

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It’s also unclear if this young mountain lion has any siblings, who are also out on the hunt.  

“Just a little baby, but we haven’t seen mom yet on the prowl,” Kelly said. “It would be cool to see mom, but at the same time, it’d be a little scary.”  

Experts say these sightings are a good reminder to secure your pets and stay vigilant.  

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