Browsing Instagram would lead you to believe that every rapper under the sun is friends with just about every other rapper under the sun.
Of course, this isn't true, what you see on the 'Gram is often a bullshit veneer, and according to veteran rapper Too Short, not much has changed since he first entered the hip-hop game.
During a recent appearance on Questlove Supreme on Pandora, the 51-year-old Oakland native gave listeners a sneak peek behind the curtain of early rap shows:
"In the early days, I remember a show I got to open up was for when "Check Out My Melody" was the hottest shit. Public Enemy had one song and Russell sent them all out young...I remember it being Public Enemy, Eric B. & Rakim...So I probably got to go out and do like two songs. But I remember back then, motherfucking rappers didn't talk to each other a lot. If you're on a show with another rapper, it wasn't like "What's up, homie?" You see these motherfuckers, you just look, you look, and look away and don't say shit..."
Setting aside the fact that Too Short is from the Bay Area, a locale that was seen by many early east coast rap stalwarts like Public Enemy and Eric B and Rakim as a foreign invader on their territory, hip-hop was and always has been a sport based on competition.
Although newer generations of artists have eased up on the mean-muggin' attitude, to this day friendliness among rapping peers is still recognized by some as a weakness.
"I fuck with a lot of rappers, I just don't look for friendships with a lot of rappers," 21 Savage toldRap Radar hosts Elliott Wilson and Brian "B Dot" Miller in a January interview. "A lot of niggas take it too far, like, this is just business."
As much as things change, they stay the same.