This Random College Rap Beef Will Make You Love Hip-Hop Again

Superstar rap beefs have become empty publicity ploys, but this right here? This is what it sounds like when someone gets ethered.

It's been a rough few years for those of us who enjoy their hip-hop with a side of raw beef. All the major "beefs" of the last few years have been disappointing at best, more marketing strategies and publicity ploys than real aggression. But this? This right here? This is so far removed from the spotlight that it reminds me of the good ol' days. 

Here's what you need to know. According to the Reddit post that first put this story on my radar, both rappers are living in Boston and the first guy, Kiswa, comes out of nowhere with a diss track, completely unprovoked. He's not only posting it everywhere he can online, he's walking around calling out the second guy, Zaid, in real life. Zaid, being an emcee who clearly possess an understanding of what that word means, can't let behavior like that slide, gets in the studio and it's on like Donkey Kong.  

And with that, onto the battle. 

So....yeah, dude obviously wants to be Drake so bad I'm surprised he didn't just go all out and have Quentin Miller write it for him. The breathy, lowkey flow, the singing at the end of punchlines, it's so Drizzy it hurts. But hey, he's young and all young artists mimic their heroes until they find their own voice. Personally I'd rather hear someone rap about Street Fighter than whatever this is, but you don't have to drop the greatest song of all-time in a battle, just a better song than the other guy. 

Speaking of which, let's hear what my man comes back with: 


In a lot of ways this is exactly how I first expected Drake versus Meek Mill to play out. Meek was never going to be able to match Drake's marketing machine, he needed to hit back immediately with the type of raw aggression that Drake could never touch. He needed to do exactly what Zaid did here, and sure enough, the internet's happily hammering nails in Kiswa's coffin. "The Last Supper" has racked up over 123K plays in just a couple days, people from all over the world are hearing it, there's even a cucumber face meme making the rounds. And while Kiswa certainly never saw this level of international ether coming his way, I can't say I feel sorry for him. Don't start a battle you're not prepared to finish.  

There really is nothing better than two emcees trading shots purely to prove their rhyme supremacy, now that's the essence of the culture. God I love hip-hop. 

[By Nathan S, the managing editor of DJBooth and a hip-hop writer. His beard is awesome. This is his Twitter. Image via Dan Tha Jeweler.]



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