What’s Beef? 10 Of The Most Ridiculous, Random And Ratchet Celeb Beefs Of 2012

December 27, 2012  |  
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So 2012 was basically the year of the squabble. Twitter, as usual, got people caught in their feelings too easily, and beefs over everything from domestic violence, to women, to reality TV and the origin of the word “vamp” were argued about. Seeing that we work in media 24/7, we had to watch many of these beefs come to light and often fade to black, and because there were so many to laugh at because they were so random, we decided that we’d run down the lamest ones that went down this year.

Tamar And Jill Scott

These two talented songbirds exchanged words over Twitter earlier in the year and I’m pretty sure everyone who caught word of their quick spat was just as surprised as we were. Jilly from Philly is our girl! And Tamar, you know, she’s talented and funny for the most part. But after Jill Scott asked her followers to watch Mary Mary’s reality show, saying, “Please watch Mary Mary on WE tv. Finally a real representation. Yay!!!!!!!!!” Tamar Braxton for some reason took her comment about “a representation” as a jab and replied with the following:

“Of freakin what?

*gets in her feelings* She won’t go there*she won’t go there*she won’t go there* she won’t go there*she prays and waits* “

A follower of Tamar told her that while a fan, she shouldn’t come for Jill, and Tamar claimed that she was only responding because Jill “went there.” Even the very random Towanda Braxton tried to jump in and claim she was tired of black women hating on other black women, but Jill kept it classy as usual, hilariously commenting on Tamar’s rant with, “u can’t be speaking to me.” Instead of going in (that’s not her thing), she told everyone who misconstrued her words that they needed to grow ALL the way up: “Ok grow all the way up people. Just because I love oranges doesn’t mean I HATE apples.”

Rihanna and Joan Rivers

If people don’t by now that Rihanna is the master of the Twitter diss (I mean she masterfully hurts people’s feelings in less than 140 characters), then you must not be well-versed in her ratchetness. And while I’m not usually down for people coming at their elders like that, Rivers kind of deserved the shade thrown by the Bajan singer. After Rihanna told Oprah on Oprah’s Next Chapter that she still loved Chris Brown, Rivers went to Twitter to let her feelings be known. And of course, they weren’t polite. “Rihanna confessed to Oprah Winfrey that she still loves Chris Brown. Idiot! Now it’s MY turn to slap her.” If the wrath of the Rihanna “Navy” wasn’t enough, Ri Ri had some words for the Fashion Police host too:

“Joan_Rivers wow u really do get slow when you’re old huh?”, before adding, “Slap on some diapers.” Rivers tried to get serious with the singer and tell her about women who go back to their abusers getting abused again, but I guess after you call someone an idiot, there’s you can’t really try to school them on life after the fact…

Evelyn Lozada And Star Jones

When Star Jones comes at you, you’d better bring your grown up vocabulary and A-game. The former The View co-host wasn’t quiet this year about her displeasure with all things Basketball Wives, as she was pretty much one of the show’s most outspoken critics, saying some of the same things that viewers everywhere were saying after Tami Roman and Lozada really showed their a**ses this last season in Miami–the show has got to go. Petitions were put out and brows got sweaty as the heat came on Shaunie and Co., but Lozada remained busy, doing covers for VIBE and throwing shade at the same time in her interview with the mag:

“I think she’s going to have to get a whole lot of names. Actually, I like the petition and I like the controversy because I’ve learned controversy is good. But I think she’s irrelevant. And she’s using our coattails to get relevant again. Nobody gives a f–k about her.”

Seeing the error of her ways, Evelyn apologized to Jones and the two were able to joke a little bit on Twitter about the comments and about the show. Lozada claimed she would do better in season five, and for that, Jones let her live another day.

Azealia Banks And Jim Jones

Banks threw shade with the best of them (or maybe the worst of them?) this year, including taking shots at Nicki Minaj, telling Lil Kim via Twitter that she doesn’t write her own rhymes, beefing publicly with Iggy Azalea and her homeskillet, TI, and just basically not holding her tongue. The most stupid beef of all though might have been between the Harlem rap spitter and another Harlem native who likes to talk that talk–Jim Jones. And it was all over who came up with the word “vamp” first. Things started off kind of silly, and for the most part, it looked like Jones was joking with her, but Banks took things left saying, “UUUUUGGGGGGHHHH SHHHUTT UP!!! Who was even talking to you in the first place?! like seriously…. Stop being such a Harlem n—- right now.” And Jones being Jimmy, well, he didn’t respond too nicely: “I am a Harlem n—- thts y u dont belong there stay in Cali wit ur fake booooogie asss make sum $ first Lrn ur shoes n bags. Tell ur mother go away ub2 bit slore.”

Yikes! In the end, Banks came out with a diss track and everything for Jones, and after the fact, he really didn’t pay her anymore mind. But I think we can all call Banks lucky since Jimmy didn’t send Chrissy to set homegirl straight…

Tamar And Joseline Hernandez

And she’s back! While Tamar might have come out of left field in her short spat with Jill Scott, she started this out of control beef going on between herself and Joseline Hernandez of Love and Hip Hop Atlanta fame in an attempt to be funny. While on the premiere of Tiny Tonight doing a Year in Review rundown, when discussing Love and Hip Hop Atlanta, Tamar had no problem implying that Joseline was a man, even saying that homegirl is a “fine rendition of a woman.” Unfortunately for Tamar, Joseline isn’t as classy as somebody like Jill Scott, so she went in! I’m talking calling Tamar everything from a Beyonce-wannabe to a 50-year-old b***h. Tamar had the nerve to try and call somebody a bully after the fact, but I think what we learned is that you don’t want to mess with Joseline Hernandez, whether you think she’s a man or woman, she’s coming for your a**.

Wyclef And Lauryn Hill

Ugh. This was definitely a one-sided “beef” as Wycleaf Jean decided to publicly put his alleged business with Lauryn Hill out in the public. To publicize his book, Purpose, Jean discussed in detail how Hill had supposedly told him that her first born son, Zion (ya’ll remember the song), was his before giving birth. On top of that, he claimed she was a liar and that she might possibly have bipolar disorder. But Hill didn’t let the rumors get to her, as Jean has been talking crazy about her for years actually. Instead of being ugly, while on tour with Nas, she tried to explain to people why she would rather take “the high road”:

“Be careful how you judge, there is a lot of deception out there. A lot of misunderstanding out there. A lot of miscommunication out there. A lot of false information out there. And notice, out of all the people who talk talk talk, who’s the silent one. There’s a lot of chat, but me….And you know why? Let me tell you why I don’t chat back. Because I know that my brothers and my sisters are often times pawns in a bigger scheme so when they, under pressure, attack me, I love them still. It’s called the high road. Try taking it sometimes.”

Amen, sista.

Shyne And Pretty Much Everybody

From claiming that if he could vote, he wouldn’t vote for President Obama because he hasn’t “helped him” get back in the country (like the man doesn’t have better things to do), to calling Rick Ross a liar, letting the world know how slimy Diddy is again (uh, already knew that–duh), calling Kendrick Lamar’s lauded latest album “trash” and in turn, beefing with The Game over his comments, Shyne just couldn’t keep his mouth closed. But then again, that’s the ugly thing about Twitter, it gives people voices we would have been better off not hearing. And for a man so pissed off at people for not helping him get back in the States, he needs to spend more energy trying to get help then to sit around squabbling with folks online. Dang Shyne, you used to be cool…

50 Cent And Floyd Mayweather

As lame as beefs are, especially Twitter ones, there is probably nothing more corny than one being done for the sake of attention that’s said to be real, then said to be fake, then said to be real again. I can’t keep up. Enter in Floyd Mayweather and 50 Cent. The two were once thick as thieves, with 50 on the “Money Team” and at most of Mayweather’s matches. But somehow, things fell apart and not only did 50 make interesting claims about the boxer, but Mayweather went off on Fiddy via Twitter too, basically tagging the rapper as a boxing groupie whose career was in the pits. While Fiddy tried to claim it was a marketing ploy to get attention on Mayweather after his prison stint, 50 later went on to say that their spat, possibly over business disagreements and maybe even women, was very real. Either way, it’s wack at this point guys.

Chris Brown And Jenny Johnson

Did you all know that we’re the leaders of the “GET CHRIS BROWN OFF OF TWITTER FOR HIS OWN SAKE” campaign? I’m just kidding, but seriously, it’s been beneficial for him in what way? After a year of having people try him about his past domestic violence issues (knowing they’ll sooner or later get a response), he didn’t take too nicely to comedienne Jenny Johnson calling him a “worthless piece of s**t” out of nowhere on his Twitter page. Allegedly, Johnson had been harassing the singer for a while now, and I guess she received the response she was looking for, because Brown went on to tell her to suck his d**k, said that he should shart on her eye, and even called her a thirsty b***h. He even ended his rant with, “Just ask Rihanna if she mad??????” Of course his tirade was a hot mess, but Johnson’s nonstop obsession with with being disrespectful to him to get a rise would make anybody act a damn fool. Both of these people need to give us all a break and step away from the keyboard.

Common And Drake

Child please. We all know this short-lived beef was over the fact that Common still had love for Serena Williams, and rumors were that Serena and Drake allegedly had something going on earlier in the year (it seemed like more of an infatuation of her on Drake’s part actually). Jealous people say some pretty harsh things sometimes, and while Common made a song called “Sweet” in late 2011 where he called out rappers who try to sing like Frank Sinatra, Drake wasn’t afraid to hit back. He responded via the song, “Stay Schemin,” saying “somebody” was coming at his head just to sell records. Common would later admit that “Sweet” was about Drake after pretending that it wasn’t, and would follow it up with his own jabs over the “Stay Schemin” beat:

My motto is Chicago b***h/ Everybody know you sweet what the problem is/ Don’t play dumb/ I’m the one that acknowledged it/ Son of a b***h, imagine what your father is/ She said how you make your opponent the rapper of the moment/ His style he don’t own it/ Acting all hard and he hardly like that/ You gon mess around and make me catch a body like that, oooh.

Somehow, in the end, the men were able to drop this random beef, and were seen at the NBA All Star Game earlier in the year chatting it up and being chummy. They were probably the only people on this list to move on in a positive manner. Probably because they realized how “sweet” this stupid beef was.


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