Hip hop has always been a musically competitive sport, with rappers going head-to-head in battles ever since the genre’s birth in the late ’70s. The best diss songs have sparked the most fueled beefs in rap history (Tupac
, Jay Z
, Nicki Minaj vs. Lil’ Kim
, etc.), but the light is rarely shed on other music genres. It turns out that some of our favorite pop stars know a thing or two about taking lyrical shots at other artists.
The tune that started it all was John Lennon‘s infamously brutal “How Do You Sleep?” in 1971, which was geared towards former Beatles bandmate Paul McCartney. Later, in the 1990s, Alanis Morrisette brought back the diss track theme with her gritty signature song that was made for Full House‘s Dave Coulier, “You Oughta Know.” Since then, pop music has had its fair share of musical battles . Get into the beef below!
12. “Sorry,” Naya Rivera featuring Big Sean (2013)
Disses: Pretty much all of Big Sean’s ex-girlfriends.
Santana Lopez, Naya Rivera’s character on Glee, has always been a sassy firecracker. But who knew the star was just as brazen? The actress is now breaking out as a pop singer, and her first single “Sorry” has become a controversial one. Featuring her current boyfriend Big Sean, the singer goes at not one, not two…but ALL of the rapper’s ex-girlfriends. She even calls them out by name: “Amber, Brittany, Tiffany, sorry he belongs to me / Heather, Ashley, Stephanie, it just wasn’t meant to be.” Ouch!