Memphis is a city locked in what seems to be an eternal turf war. There’s a long standing beef between North Memphis and South Memphis, yet both seem to agree that East Memphis and the suburbs are far inferior to both. We won’t even start on West Memphis and why it’s not even invited to the discussion. This war has yielded no victors as of late. Just more and more beef. So what’s beef? Well Biggie Smalls describes it eloquently on his track titled “What’s Beef?”. Basically beef is a disagreement amongst two or more people that can go from words to violence. In the world of hip hop music, beef is very serious.
Enter the King of the North, Yo Gotti, and the King of the South, Young Dolph. Yeah I’m really into Game of Thrones lol. If you’re not caught up, here’s a link from Heavy.com to catch you up LINK
Now you’re caught up. This beef is really bad for Memphis. Not only is it airing our dirty laundry, letting the world know that we have internal division, but it’s bad for everyone involved. This could have been an opportunity to put Memphis on a musical platform its never seen before. Memphis has always trailed behind Atlanta and Texas as far as southern rap. 8Ball and MJG both left Memphis because they felt that they couldn’t make it in this city and migrated to Texas to carve out a legendary careers. Other artists have come and made national headlines, but have never cemented Memphis as a musical powerhouse. Now we have two artists that are not only local icons but are also nationally acclaimed in the hip-hop arena. Along with Blac Youngsta and Moneybagg Yo, these four artist could have cemented Memphis as a hip-hop powerhouse, but the King of the North and the King of the South couldn’t get past their petty beef and see the bigger picture. Or is it as simple as there can’t be two kings?
My thoughts and prayers are with Young Dolph and his recovery as well as the hip hop scene in Memphis.
Life is for Living,