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7 Times Someone Was Dissed In Song

Michelle Tiu |
September 13, 2013 | 3:44 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

Kanye West responded to Ray J's diss track with a live performance of "Bound 2" on Monday's episode of "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon." (David Wolf / Flickr)
Kanye West responded to Ray J's diss track with a live performance of "Bound 2" on Monday's episode of "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon." (David Wolf / Flickr)
After five long and quiet months, Kanye West has finally responded to Ray J's "I Hit It First," a track with not-so-subtle references to Kim Kardashian, his ex and West's current girlfriend.

Apparently, the "Sexy Can I" singer isn't quite over Kardashian: "She might move on to rappers and ballplayers / But we all know I hit it first / I had her head going north and her ass going south / But now baby chose to go West / No matter where she goes or who she knows / She still belongs in my bed." 

When "I Hit It First" was released in April, everyone was waiting for West to fire back at Ray J. Surprisingly, West kept quiet, but we all knew it couldn't last forever.

On Monday, the rapper made a surprise appearance on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" to perform "Bound 2," a song off his newest album, "Yeezus." During his performance, West called Ray J out, saying "Brandy's little sister lame, man / He know it now / When a real brother hold you down / You're supposed to drown."

While Kanye West may be the most notorious for his longwinded and unpredictable rants, he is definitely not the first in a long list of musicians using their craft to call other people out. Here are seven other times when someone was dissed musically:

"We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together (Live)," Taylor Swift

In true Taylor Swift fashion, the singer called out yet another one of her exes through song. Most recently, Swift dissed One Direction member and ex Harry Styles during the opening performance of the 2013 Grammys.

About a month before the awards show, the two singers split up and judging by Swift's Grammys performance, it wasn't a friendly one!

During a spoken portion of her Alice In Wonderland-themed performance of "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," Swift adopted a British accent, clearly mocking Styles, and said, "So he calls me up and he's like, 'I still love you,' and I'm like, 'I'm sorry, I'm busy opening up the Grammys."

"Control," Big Sean feat. Kendrick Lamar & Jay Electronica

Up-and-coming rapper Kendrick Lamar caused quite a storm when he appeared on a leaked Big Sean track called "Control."

After naming himself one of the best MCs alongside guys like Eminem and Nas, Lamar proceeded to call a bunch of rappers out by name and tell them that their fans "don't wanna hear not one more noun or verb from you n***as." Among those named include J Cole, Drake and A$AP Rocky - Lamar even slams the two artists who worked on this song with him!

Needless to say, not many rappers were happy with him and some have even released their own diss tracks in response.

"Berzerk," Eminem

Three years after his last album, Eminem has returned to the music scene with his latest single "Berzerk" and no track by Slim Shady would be complete without controversial lyrics and a few choice insults.

The rapper takes a stab at Khloe Kardashian's marriage to NBA player Lamar Odom, saying "They say that love is as powerful as cough syrup and styrofoam / All I know is I fell asleep and woke up in that Monte Carlo / With the ugly Kardashian / Lamar, oh sorry yo, we done both set the bar low / Far as hard drugs are though, that's the past."

Even though Eminem's rep has confirmed that "Berzerk" was written months before any rumblings of marital trouble came out, we can't help but think that this song must hit very close to home for the couple right now.

I mean, calling Khloe the "ugly Kardashian" and stating that Odom has drug problems? Yikes!

"Sorry," Naya Rivera feat. Big Sean

Naya Rivera's character on "Glee," Santana Lopez, might be known for her snarky insults, but no one expected the actress to bring a little of that fire to her debut single "Sorry," featuring boyfriend Big Sean.

Big Sean's verse makes it pretty obvious that "Sorry" is about their relationship with its references to her ethnic background and the vacations they've taken together, but many listeners were shocked to hear Rivera call out not just one, but SIX of the rapper's exes by name: "Amber, Brittany, Tiffany / Sorry, he belongs to me / Heather, Ashley, Stephanie / It just wasn't meant to be, sorry."

One particular ex, Brytni, took to Twitter to voice her displeasure, accusing the couple of promoting cheating and retweeting a fan who wasn't pleased with Rivera's new single.

"Versace (Remix)," Migos feat. Frank Ocean

It's no secret that Frank Ocean and Chris Brown are not on good terms with each other. After all, they got into a parking lot brawl a few weeks before the 2013 Grammys, where they were pitted against each other for Best Urban Contemporary Album.

After Ocean was declared the receipient of the award, he received a standing ovation from everyone... except Brown, who remained in his seat.

Although the singer chose not to press any charges against Brown for assault, he clearly isn't quite over the incident yet. Ocean recently posted a picture on his Tumblr of a verse he's been working on for a remixed version of the Migos track "Versace" with a couple of lines that go, "You could stay seated I'm taking that Grammy / Your music is sloppy."

"So Legit," Lana Del Rey

Back in the day when Lana Del Rey was just Lizzy Grant, she recorded a song called "So Legit," which pretty blatantly attacks Lady Gaga.

Both Del Rey and Gaga worked under the same manager and played at the same clubs in New York, so it's not that crazy to assume that the "Summertime Sadness" singer was a little bitter when Lady Gaga rose to superstar status before she did.

Some choice disses include "You're looking like a man, you're talking like a baby / How the fuck is your song in a Coke commercial crazy" and "Stefani [Gaga's real name], you suck / I know you're selling 20 million / Wish they could've seen you / When we booed you off in Williamsburg."

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