Music unites but it can also divide since success often comes accompanied by matching ego or by fanbases keen on feuding with each other to validate their opinion. Nevertheless, below we have showcased some of the most famous and interesting rivalries in the music world.
Tupac and Biggie
If you’re a fan of hip-hop you probably know some of Tupac’s famous songs and even if you are not, his music is regarded as poetry and it can be enjoyed even by those who are not fans of this genre. Tupac has become a true pop-culture icon and many argue that his aggressive flow and lyrical skills made him the best hip-hop artist of all time.
Not everyone agrees with that and there are many who think that Biggie, Tupac’s biggest rival in the game, should get the recognition instead. If you’ve never heard of Biggie before, he was known for his sick flow and freestyle and storytelling skills. Both fanbases are very protective of their favorite artist and they’ve been arguing for years on the subject with no sign of slowing down.
What’s truly unfortunate and sad about this famous rivalry is that both artists would find themselves cut down before their peak. Thus, even if some may prefer one over the other, the fans only got a small sample of what these hip-hop legends were capable of.
David Bowie and. Slash
David Bowie and Slash are two of the most famous icons of rock music and even though their relationship should not necessarily be described as a rivalry, there was quite a lot of friction, most of which being caused by the relationship Slash’s mother had with David Bowie.
Ola Hudson was a costume designer and she worked with Bowie in the mid-1970s to design some of his most famous outfits during his “Thin White Duke” persona period which included the album “Station to Station” and the film “The Man Who Fell to Earth”.
Slash had gone public saying that while his mother started working with David professionally in the beginning, things escalated into a mysterious romance that went for quite some time. In a 2012 interview, Slash said that while David Bowie was always over at their house and he even caught him and his mother naked, it wasn’t until he got older that he realized exactly what was happening.
While things must have been awkward for Slash at first, he and David Bowie did get along and their music and careers were different enough for rivalry not to get in their way.
Blur and Oasis
Britpop was huge in the 1990s and it wasn’t free of drama since one of the biggest musical feuds was that between Oasis and Blur which shaped an entire culture. With the bands representing a class and regional struggle, the fans and the press were eyeing the charts to see who would come on top each week.
The hot feud between the two bands included fierce public insults from each side to the other side. The rivalry was so intense that people started to enjoy the drama more than the music. The disagreement kept the music world gripped for years and even to this day fans are still arguing.