Back in the day, when two artists didn’t like each other, they’d deal with it in relatively low-profile ways: A snippy backstage comment, or a pointed interview comment. Maybe they’d toss in a lyrical jab, the way Lynyrd Skynyrd did toward Neil Young on “Sweet Home Alabama,” but that would be just about it. That’s all changed. If, say, the Kurt Cobain/Axl Rose VMA-backstage kerfuffle had happened today, the resounding Twitterpocalypse would have the over-capacity whale showing up for three solid days whenever you tried to reload the site. And every time an artist is even vaguely annoyed at something another artist says or does, they seem to get on their blackberries to air it out. Impulse control, after all, is a tough thing to master when you’ve got a computer sitting in front of you and a few hundred thousand followers eager to soak up whatever you might give them. Meanwhile, sites like ours live for these instantaneous bursts of conflict because, honestly, who doesn’t love reading about this stuff? So here we are: The unranked list of 2011′s biggest, dumbest, best inter-band squabbles.
COMMON VS. DRAKE. Nobody really saw this coming: Common, a man who built his name on being one of the sweetest and most thoughtful and generally softest men in rap, taking Drake to task on his track "Sweet" for singing too much and for being soft. Common threw a couple of soft-batch subliminal jabs at Drizzy on "Sweet," then admitted that Drake was his target in an interview a little while later. Gossip-sleuth types quickly figured out that Common might be pissed about Drake getting too close to his ex-ladyfriend Serena Williams, making this one of the most fascinating rapper/rapper/tennis star love triangles ever. Still, it's a bit sad to see Com reduced to this level of TMZ-bait nearly two decades after he stood toe-to-toe with a peaking Ice Cube on "The Bitch In Yoo."
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