Pusha T vs. Drake
Where to start... There's never been any love lost between Drake and Pusha T but their beef escalated into a fully blown feud in 2018. Pusha released his Kanye West-produced album, 'Daytona'. It not only included the track "Infrared", which took aim at Drake and suggested he uses a ghost writer, but also the song "What Would Meek Do" (Drake and Meek Mill were previously beefing but have since patched things up.)
Drake wasted no time, dropping his own diss track, "Duppy Freestyle", which took aim not only at Pusha but at Kanye West as well. Pusha then fired back with heavy artillery in the form of "The Story of Adidon", in which he confirms rumours about Drake having a secret son, calling him a deadbeat.
Drake didn't respond to the track but later revealed on the HBO series "The Shop" that he believed Kanye West to be the source of the leaked info about his son. Pusha responded alleging it was, in fact, Drake's longtime producer and friend Noah "40" Shebib who had spilled the news about Drake's son.
A summer of hostility between the two eventually culminated with a brawl at a Pusha T concert in Drake's hometown of Toronto. Pusha Pusha accused Drizzy of hiring hecklers.
Kanye West vs. Drake
There was a time when Kanye West and Drake were friends, appearing on each other's tracks and turning up at each other's concerts. But 2018 changed everything.
Drake took issue with Kanye West producing Pusha T's album 'Daytona' (which included disses against Drake) and insinuated Kanye leaked info about his secret son, which Pusha later used as ammunition in another diss track. So things were already tense between Drizzy and Yeezy before Kanye took to Twitter in December to unleash an epic and lengthy tirade against his former friend, accusing Drake of everything from avoiding him to being insensitive about mental health issues, and even threatening Ye and his family. Even Kim Kardashian jumped into the fray, also accusing Drake of uttering threats.
To make things even more awkward, Drake and Kanye live in the same neighbourhood and Drake has reportedly hired extra security in the wake of the escalated beef with Ye.
Nicki Minaj vs. Travis Scott
Nicki Minaj outspoken nature continued well into 2018. The rapper took aim at Travis Scott after his album 'Astroworld' outperformed her album 'Queen.' The "Chun-Li" singer slammed Scott on Twitter, accusing him of nefarious tactics to ensure he outsold her. She also took aim at his girlfriend Kylie Jenner, accusing her of using her massive social media presence to hype the album, giving him an unfair advantage. Minaj doubled down when she appeared on the "Ellen" show, saying she wanted to punch Travis Scott in the face.
Cardi B vs. Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj didn't just set her sights on Travis Scott in 2018. The rapper saved most of her venom for fellow female rapper Cardi B. And (Stefon voice) this feud has everything: subtweeting and social media shade, passive aggressive pettiness, and couture-clad clashes.
Things came to a head in September 2018 when both women found themselves at a New York Fashion Week event. Harsh words were allegedly exchanged and things even got physical with Cardi allegedly throwing a shoe at Nicki's entourage before leaving the event with a bruise on her head.
Cardi took to Instagram and, without naming Nicki directly, called out someone for trying to derail her career and liking tweets that questioned Cardi's abilities as a mother. Nicki fired back, calling Cardi a disgusting pig and it's been missive after missive fired from each side ever since.
50 Cent vs. Ja Rule
Some feuds flame out quickly, others continue to simmer. The rivalry between rappers 50 Cent and Ja Rule falls into the latter. The pair have been trading jabs for years and in 2018, things took a particularly petty turn when 50 revealed on Instagram he had purchased hundreds of Ja Rule concert tickets on Groupon just so his nemesis would be forced to look out at row upon row of empty seats.
Ja responded by saying the prank was proof he gets under his rival's skin and later added, "This beef is a joke to everyone except this lil ape-looking b***h," referring to 50.
Eminem vs. Machine Gun Kelly
Whether fought over Twitter or in lyrics, hip hop had no shortage of beefs in 2018. Eminem and Machine Gun Kelly were among this year's rap rivalries. The bad blood actually started back in 2012 when MGK made comments about Eminem's daughter Hailie being hot. Things reignited in 2018 when MGK dissed Em on a verse on Tech N9Ne's track "No Reason" rapping that Eminem is "just rap and not God" (a play on Eminem's 2013 song "Rap God") Eminem responded to the diss on his song "Not Alike" from his surprise album 'Kamikaze', calling him out for comments made about his daughter. Machine Gun Kelly responded with his own diss track "Rap Devil", which includes the lyric, "Mad about somethin' I said in 2012. Took you six years and a surprise album just to come up with a diss." Em called the track "pitiful" and followed up with the appropriately titled response track, "Kill Shot" in which he raps, "Before you die let's see who can out-petty who. With your corny lines (Slim you're old) Ow, Kelly, ooh, but I'm 45 and I'm still outselling you." Respect your elders, son.
Azealia Banks vs. Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey may suffer from "summertime sadness" but in 2018 she had a bit of autumnal anger. She called out Kanye West for wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat, saying, “Trump becoming our president was a loss for the country but your support of him is a loss for the culture.” Azealia Banks, never one to miss an opportunity to jump into the fray, took issue with Lana's comment, logging into Twitter to call out Lana saying, "You white female liberals are so self serving."
Lana was not having it and didn't mince words in her response: "U know the addy. Pull up anytime. Say it to my face. But if I were you - I wouldn't... I won't not f**k you the f**k up."
Katt Williams vs. Tiffany Haddish
There's no denying Tiffany Haddish's star has been on the rise in a big way since she stole the show in "Girls Trip" and while the general consensus is that she's deserves all the success that's coming her way, comedian Katt Williams threw some shade Tiffany's way, suggesting she hadn't done enough to earn all those accolades and opportunities. While on a radio show he said, “You can’t tell me your favourite Tiffany Haddish joke. Why? Because she ain’t done a tour yet. She ain’t done a special. She has not proven the ability to tell jokes back-to-back for an hour to nobody.” Tiffany responded on Twitter saying, “I look forward to seeing you on Monday, Katt, when we pick up our Emmys. I just want to shower you with REAL love cause you need it, and I love you.”
Tiffany's longtime friend Kevin Hart didn't take as kindly to Katt's diss, coming to her defence and saying Katt needed to take responsibility for his lack of blockbuster success saying, "You had the shot! You were the guy! You were set up to be the star. You didn’t show up to work!"
The feud was a short-lived one, though. Tiffany and Katt ended up putting it behind them at the Emmy Awards days later.
Kim Kardashian vs. Tyson Beckford
Tyson Beckford found himself on the receiving end of a Kim Kardashian clapback (or should we say klapback?) after he left some
not-so-nice comments on a photo of her on Instagram, insinuating her body was the result of plastic surgery: "Sorry, I don't care for it personally." Mrs. West didn't let the unprovoked attack go: "Sis, we all know why you don't care for it," seemingly implying Tyson is gay. Kim's comment got her dragged on Twitter as some people interpreted the comment as being homophobic. Tyson piped back up to stand by his original comment saying, "My opinion on women who do plastic surgery stays the same, not for me!"
Tommy Lee vs. Brandon Lee
Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson had one of Hollywood's most tumultuous relationships and that drama seems to have trickled down to the relationship between Tommy and their son Brandon. Police were called to the former Motley Crue drummer's home after father and son got into a physical altercation. Tensions remained high in June when, on Father's Day, 21-year-old Brandon took jabs at his famous father on Instagram.
Perhaps in the spirit of the holiday season, father and son appear to have mended fences recently with Tommy posting a photo of him and Brandon in a warm embrace. As Jay-Z once famously rapped, "Nobody wins when the family feuds."
Samantha Markle vs. Meghan Markle
Speaking of family feuds, the ongoing drama between the Markle half-sisters continued throughout 2018. Well, it isn't so much a feud as a totally one-sided, unflinching, cringe-worthy campaign of sibling rivalry.
The elder Markle, Samantha, has been throwing shade at her younger sister pretty much since Meghan and Harry started dating and she didn't stop once the couple made it official in May of this year. Samantha ramped up the attacks in the lead-up to the wedding, criticizing the guest list, claiming responsibility for staging embarrassing paparazzi photos of their father.
In October she showed up unannounced and uninvited at Kensington Palace only to be turned away. She then accused the duchess of lying about paying her way through college during a speech in Fiji.
Samantha closed out 2018 by criticizing Harry and Meghan's official Christmas card, which featured a shot of the couple from behind as they gaze at a fireworks display at their wedding reception. Samantha tweeted of the photo: "Interesting that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have their backs turned. Is this towards the world or just the Ragland and Markle family? It’s a bit sad." A bit sad indeed, Sam. A bit sad, indeed. Meghan has yet to respond to any of her half-sister's many public comments.
Piers Morgan vs. Daniel Craig
Piers Morgan fancies himself a real manly man and manly men know that a real man doesn't walk around town with his own child attached to him in a baby carrier. A real man leaves all child-rearing to women while he's off in the forest killing wild animals with his bare hands to be used as food for the family. Piers felt the need to prove just how manly he is by taking to Twitter after seeing photos of 007 star Daniel Craig walking around with his infant daughter strapped to him in a papoose baby sling. Piers used his manly fingers to type, "Oh 007...not you as well?!!! and used the hashtag, #emasculatedBond. Several celebrities responded by trolling him for his antiquated views of masculinity; Piers was eventually pied in the face on air for his comments.
Ariana Grande vs. Piers Morgan
Piers Morgan may be back in his native U.K. but being across the pond didn't stop the former CNN host from getting into a beef with an American pop princess. Ariana Grande set her sights on the "Good Morning Britain" host and his Twitter thirst trap after he accused Ellen DeGeneres of operating on a double standard after commenting on men's bodies on her daytime show AND pop group Little Mix for using their sexuality instead of their talent. Ariana wasn't having any of it, defending Ellen on Twitter and accusing Piers of using young stars in an attempt at relevancy. Thank U next, indeed.
Debra Messing vs. Susan Sarandon
Debra Messing reignited her war of words with Susan Sarandon in 2018. The actresses started trading barbs during the 2016 election when staunch Bernie Sanders supporter Sarandon said in an interview on MSNBC that a Donald Trump victory would be better than a Hillary Clinton win, suggesting it would bring about a "revolution." Debra Messing took to Twitter calling the suggestion "insane" and calling out the Oscar winner for not recognizing her own privilege. The women went back and forth online and in interviews after the election, with Sarandon calling Messing "not very well-informed" during an appearance on "Watch What Happens Live."
The animosity died down but reignited in September 2018 when Sarandon suggested one silver lining of the Trump presidency was that it encouraged more women to run for office. Messing hopped back on Twitter to tell Sarandon to "STFU."
Kim Cattrall vs. Sarah Jessica Parker
The actresses have long been plagued by rumours they don't get along; that talk intensified in 2017 when SJP revealed a third "Sex and the City" movie was in the works until Kim Cattrall refused to sign on, effectively killing the project. Even though the ladies have long denied their problems are personal, things escalated in February 2018 after the death of Cattrall's brother.
When SJP left a message of condolence on her former co-star's Instagram, Cattrall didn't take too kindly, posting a message directed at SJP which included, "Your continuous reaching out is a painful reminder of how cruel you really were then and now. Let me make this VERY clear 'if I haven't already) you are not my family. You are not my friend.'" If there's any silver lining to this it's that we're likely spared a third "Sex And The City" movie.