For as long as hip-hop has existed as both an art form and a musical genre, beef and diss records have been a flashpoint of interest and intrigue.
According to the always-opinionated Vince Staples, however, "shit is fucking corny."
In a highly entertaining new cover interview with Complex, during which he talks about the inspiration behind his forthcoming album, the artist-fan relationship and buying his mother a home before himself, Staples shares his disdain for beef when he's asked by writer Touré who won the Remy Ma/Nicki Minaj battle.
The ensuing back and forth is equal parts hilarity and common sense:
The whole shit?
That shit is fucking corny.
Isn’t beef a part of hip-hop?
It’s fucking corny.
Did you think the Cube/N.W.A. beef was corny?
It was fucking corny.
Jay Z and Nas was corny?
Back to the beginning, KRS versus—
Corny. Well, probably not corny 'cause somebody actually got beat up in those.
Oh. So if somebody gets beat up then it’s not corny?
I’m not gonna go book studio time to talk about you.
In response to Staples' blunt assessment, Touré explains that fans love beef—like Staples doesn't know this—and that it is "traditionally part of hip-hop." In typical Vince being Vince fashion, the rapper offers an alternative solution for fans, one which he says isn't driven by spitefulness.
"So watch a Smack battle. They’re much better at it. King of the Dot. You have the UW League in New Jersey. So many battle leagues. Go watch some Charlie Clips. I don't wanna see people demean one another for no reason when they can have a phone conversation. Especially when they’re actually successful musicians. There is battle rap. I am a fan of that, but as far as the spitefulness of it? 'Cause battle rappers are actually like all friends for the most part, and they write it, have fun, and talk about it on Facebook later. It’s real fucking cute, but all that other shit they can get the fuck out of here. That shit is corny as fuck. It’s like, 'I’m gonna say really hurtful things about you for the sake of hip-hop.' Oh."