Here Are Hip-Hop’s Best Diss Tracks of 2016
Rappers flexed their lyrical muscle through diss tracks in 2016. So much so that it's kind of surprising when you look back it. The range of the diss records goes from the absolutely weird to the straight up disrespectful to subliminal haymakers.
The most high-profile lyrical beef that carried over from 2015 is Drake and his rap rival Meek Mill. In January, a few hours after the OVO leader dropped his new record “Summer Sixteen,” featuring a subliminal jab at Meek and fellow Toronto native Tory Lanez. Then Meek released the first part of his 4/4 EP, which contained the “I’m the Plug Freestyle,” a diss record aimed at the man up North. The Philadelphia MC followed up with another diss, “War Pain," off the second installment of his 4/4 EP.
But this wasn't Meek's only beef this year. The Game also had a war of words with him. Things came to a boiling point when the Compton rapper said Meek implicated him while speaking with LAPD regarding the robbery of Sean Kingston’s jewelry. They began to trade diss records and Beanie Sigel got involved when he appeared on Meek's diss towards The Game. Beans later turned heel and dissed Meek on wax, not one, not two, but three times.
XXL took a look a back at the year to collect the diss records that dropped in 2016. Keep in mind, we did stay away from ambiguous records by MCs who weren't explicitly clear about their target. So no, Andre 3000's verse on Frank Ocean’s “Solo (Reprise)” wouldn't count even though most people think the OutKast member may be shooting a jab at Drake. Take a look at some of the best disses the game had to offer this year.