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RIP Tupac: The Case for No More Beef In Hip-Hop, Only In Jerky

If was a rapper, we’d probably rap a ton about jerky. But one thing we’d try not to have, is beef.

Rap “beef” is when you insult or call out someone in your rap song. When someone has a grudge or a problem with someone, they have “beef” with them.

Jerky “beef” is way different. Because, well…it’s actual beef.

Unfortunately, one of our favorite hip-hop artists of all time is the late, great Tupac Shakur.

Sure, we could make this article hokey, but we actually wanted to make a point: Tupac is no longer with us because a beef with other people got way too intense. Now that we’ve learned from this and know better, can we leave the beef out of hip hop?

No more beef in hip-hop, only beef in jerky.

It’s catchy, it’s anti-violence, and frankly it makes a lot of sense.

Here are some rap lines from popular songs changed to reflect jerky. That way we’re not glorifying violence anymore…we’re glorifying premium jerky (which is really what we’re here to do on this site).

  1. “What’s beef jerky? Beef jerky is when you make your enemies sample your latest batch.” – Notorious B.I.G. – What’s Beef (Jerky)

  2. “Eye for an eye – your delicious beef jerky is mines.” – Mobb Deep – Eye for A Eye

  3. “I treat beef jerky like it was sirloin.” – Nicki Minaj “Only”

Though beef lyrics are good demonstration of how we can take a negative (a rap war) and turn it into a positive (jerky), we feel that jerky is also a perfect addition to anyone who is living a traditional hip-hop lifestyle.

Take Ice Cube’s “Today Was a Good Day.” Imagine that same exact day he describes (his mother making him dinner, enjoying the company of a lady, hanging out with friends) – and add beef jerky brakes to it. “Oh, it’s 10:30pm and you’ve had a long day, Mr. Cube? Here, try some jerky as a nice little pick me-up! thinks a little jerky in almost any situation can certainly kick things up a notch.

Dr. Dre had a wonderful video you may recall for the song “Nuthin’ But A G Thing.” The video centered around a houseparty. The refrigerator, filled with ice cold beer. The game outside? Volleyball. The weather? Perfect. But one thing was very clearly missing: party food.

If Dr. Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg (as he was known at the time) had only considered including some passed appetizers as part of the party it would have been next level entertainment. Imagine all of the West Coast’s finest rappers indulging in the finest Korean BBQ flavored jerky while enjoying an ice cold beer. Now that’s a day to remember.

For all that hip-hop culture has lent to the world, it is’s duty to rightfully offer our premium jerky to you, as a thank you for all that you’ve done.

Hip-Hop + Rap = a match made in heaven.



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