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The 7 Fieriest Music Feuds of 2016

From Taylor vs. Kanye to Kid Cudi vs. Drake, here are the beefs that got heated this year

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Taylor Swift vs. Kanye West

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 13: Kanye West takes the microphone from Taylor Swift and speaks onstage during the 2009 MTV Video Music
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Taylor Swift and Kanye West made up after the infamous VMAs incident, where Kanye snatched Taylor's mic in 2009. But this year, when he decided to rap "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex" on his The Life of Pablo album, things went wrong. When "Famous" came out, Swift denied that she approved the line. Kim Kardashian's Snapchat proved otherwise when she leaked footage of the phonecall. Turns out, Swift wasn't happy with the "I made that bitch famous" lyric that came after the approved line, and things have been kind of weird ever since then, despite Swift wanting to be "excluded from this narrative."

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Drake vs. Kid Cudi

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After Kid Cudi tweeted a diss against Kanye West and Drake, saying that they weren't authentic artists because they have people write for them, Drake went in on Cudi on his “Two Birds One Stone" song, rapping, "You stay Xann'd and Perc'd up / So when reality set in, you don't gotta face it."

From rehab, where Cudi checked in for depression and suicidal tendencies shortly after his slew of tweets, Cudi wrote in response, "Say it to face, pussy. You think it's a game. I wanna see you say it to my face. I'll be out soon. Promise." Since then, nearly 12,000 people have petitioned Drake to donate to mental health charities.

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The Chainsmokers vs. Lady Gaga

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The Chainsmokers leave nothing to themselves. In an interview with Rolling Stone, they said that Lady Gaga's song "Perfect Illusion" "sucks." When people caught wind of the passing comment, Gaga shot back on Twitter with a link to a new song, "A-YO," writing "maybe u guys'll like this 1 better."

The duo had "respect" for the zinger, but "Perfect Illusion" collaborator Mark Ronson was none too pleased.

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The Game vs. Meek Mill

It's believed that The Game and Meek Mill's beef stems from a robbery in June, when Meek Mill reportedly told Sean Kingston that The Game had stolen his gold chains (you can watch Game's side above). Since, then, they've thrown jabs on Instagram, in concert and in song. Game got too real in diss track "92 Bars," rapping, "Leave his dead body on his soaked sheets."

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Lil Wayne vs. Birdman

MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 31: (L-R) Lil Wayne and Birdman ring in the New Year on December 31, 2014 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by
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Things haven't been good between former YMCMB bros Lil Wayne and Birdman for a while. With Lil Wayne in album pergatory, it seemed like they were getting close to an agreement until September. Wayne dissed him onstage, taking out a Cash Money reference out of "I'm Me" and replacing it with a Jay Z  and Roc Nation shout-out. Birdman ended negotiations.

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The Beyhive vs. Rachel Roy

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After Beyoncé dropped Lemonade, an album about reaching forgiveness after infidelity, fans started to come after anyone who might've been Jay Z's mistress, a.k.a. Becky with the good hair. Designer Rachel Roy was their target, and they bombarded her Instagram with bee emojis. Roy posted a shady selfie on Instagram, writing, "Good hair don't care, but we will take good lighting for selfies, or self truths, always. Live in the light. #nodramaqueens." Bey, herself, has taken the high road, of course.

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Drake vs. Joe Budden vs. Hot 97 vs.... Eminem??

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To make a long story short, Drake and Joe Budden were beefing, then Hot 97 DJ Ebro said Budden's labelhead Eminem should get involved. He didn't. Drake called out Hot 97 DJ Funk Flex onstage at Madison Square Garden (Flex has always been pro-Meek Mill, which Drake hated). In the end, Joe Budden when on Hot 97, and ended up walking out. 

It's messy, and if you don't understand, it's OK. No one else gets it either.

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