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  1. When hip-hop broke in New York in the 1970s, it was all about the beats - DJs spinning and scratching. But when some DJs grabbed a microphone, the Rap MC was born and the great lyrical tradition of hip hop began. But like any artistic enterprise,......  Read Full Episode Summary »

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  1. When hip-hop broke in New York in the 1970s, it was all about the beats - DJs spinning and scratching. But when some DJs grabbed a microphone, the Rap MC was born and the great lyrical tradition of hip hop began. But like any artistic enterprise, MCs would battle over who was the bigger talent, with playful words and rhymes in concerts and on wax. But the harmless back and forth soon grew more contentious. Disrespectfulness in lyrics and arguments over the spoils of album profits soon led to physical and sometimes violent confrontations between artists and their posses. <i>VH1 News Presents: Beef - Raps Biggest Battles</i> will trace the history of rap through the history of BEEFS the nickname for the feuds that have developed between artists. It will show how hip hops war of words soon became actual battles, spilling out of the studios and into the streets. Many thought that the rap wars reached a climax with the murders of Tupac Shakur and Christopher Biggie Smalls Wallace. But renewed tensions between artists like 50 Cent and Ja Rule seems to have returned hip hop to the bad old days. Does the violence threaten hip hop itself? Will todays artists learn from past tragedies in time? This oral history of beefs will feature many artists themselves talking about their own beefs with other artists. Key interviews include 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Ja Rule, Mack 10, Common, and KRS-One. The following BEEFS will be explored:<ul><li>Busy Bee vs. Kool Moe Dee. <li>KRS-One vs. MC Shan <li>Ice Cube vs. NWA <li>Dr. Dre vs. Easy-E <li>Dogg Pound vs. Ruthless Records <li>Common vs. Westside Connection/Ice Cube <li>East Coast vs. West Coast <li>Tupac v. Biggie <li>Jay-Z vs. Nas <li>Jay-Z vs. 50 Cent <li>50 Cent vs. Ja Rule/Black Child</ul> For VH1 Producer - Stacy Axelrod Segment Producer - Jen Wagman Associate Producer - Scott Engel Production Associate - Justin Begnaud Editor - Jackie Youngs Rights &amp; Clearances - Michael Grimes Operations - Ginny Acosta Production Management - Peter DeGrazio Standards &amp; Practices - Alicia Denson, Kathleen Scheier Business Affairs - Maureen Guthman, Michael Lanzillotta Senior News Editor - Warren Cohen Executive Producers - Brad Abramson, Michael Hirschorn, Shelly Tatro For QD3 Executive Producer - Quincy QD3 Jones, III Producers - Quincy QD3 Jones, III, Casey Suchan, Denis Henry Hennelly, Peter Spirer Director - Peter Spirer Cinematography - Jeff Bollman, Sean Adair, Peter Alton Editor - Peter Alton Assistant Editor - Christina Choe, Joshua Krause Original Music By - J Force, Quincy QD3 Jones III, Femi Ojetunde, Paul Vega

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