With some conflicts, it's easy to pick sides, but in others it's best to just get the hell out of the way and let the combatants have at it.
With that in mind, we have no interest in getting involved in the beef that has exploded between local rappers Madchild and Snak the Ripper. That, however is not going to stop us from telling you all about it.
We don't know what might have gone on behind the scenes to get Madchild's ire up, but he fired the first public shot on October 28 when he tweeted the following:
He quickly deleted the tweet, and even left the younger MC a voice mail apologizing for it, but apparently the damage was done. On October 30, Snak uploaded a diss track called "Assisted Suicide", which includes such unambiguous lines as "Go delete another tweet and start prayin to god, cause if I see you in the street I'm dislocating your jaw."
Elsewhere in the lyrics, Snak alleges that Madchild, who famously overcame an addiction to prescription painkillers, has been lying about being clean. He also alleges that the Swollen Members MC created the Battleaxe Warriors organization for the sole purpose of making money off of his fan base.
In a September interview with the Straight, Madchild touted the 5,000-strong Battleaxe Warriors "family" as something he created to give his fans something to belong to. It is, he said, a positive alternative to joining a criminal gang.
“People, especially males, want to be a part of something. I wanted to create something that people could join without there being a devil behind the curtain,” he said. “It’s a cool way of honing in on your real fan base. Not everyone has a great family life at home and this is a great way to be part of a family. We’re here to progress as people, and to preserve the type of hip-hop that we love.”
Unfortunately for Madchild, Battleaxe Warriors subsequently became the subject of a legal case against him. In a B.C. Supreme Court notice of civil claim filed in early October, Chilliwack man David Waltho says he helped found Battleaxe Warriors, investing $5,000 of his own money into the project, which he describes as a merchandising partnership, at Madchild's insistence. Waltho is also claiming that he loaned the rapper thousands more for various expenses, including the funding of two albums, in exchange for which he was promised a cut of the royalties. Waltho says he was edged out of the business, and is seeking a public declaration of the partnership and the recovery of his investment and royalties.
But back to the diss war. Snak the Ripper's homies clearly have his back. Today, rapper Matt Brevner uploaded a video for a song called "Waterloo (The Jitters Story)", which he handily labelled "MADCHILD DISS" lest anyone fail to pick up on the subtleties of lyrics like "Madchild the black hole, sucking my shine".
The ball, as they say, is now in Madchild's court. However, we might have to wait a while for his official response, if this Instagram post is any indication:
Update: Madchild fires back with diss track of his own, promises a funeral for Snak the Ripper. Read the story here.