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Bad Beef: 4 Examples of Musical Feuds Gone Wrong

Competition is a good thing. It pushes people to work harder and be more creative. That drive to prove to the world that they're the best has led musicians to some incredible heights. After all, competition gave us Pet Sounds and "Ether."

Yet in the '10s, that competitive spirit has been pushed aside in favor of petty bitchiness. No longer are people interested in proving they're the best -- they just want you to know their opinion, no matter how mundane or uninteresting.

Whether you blame it on the 24-hour tabloid news cycle or the ability of social networking to air our opinions the second we have them, the end result is a crop of feuds staggering in their stupidity. Worse than the stupidity is that these feuds haven't led to anything interesting musically.

Here is just a small sampling of artists more interested in press releases and Twitter updates than they are in putting out quality tunes.

The Beef: Azealia Banks vs. Iggy Azalea How It Starts: Iggy makes the XXL magazine 2012 Freshmen Class. Banks complains about this on Twitter. Best/Worst Part: Banks deletes all of the T.I. songs she has from her iPad.

Banks came out of nowhere at the end of 2011 with her single "212." It was a hit with bloggers across the country and put her up as a name to watch in 2012. The fact that she didn't make the Freshmen Class this year was a bit surprising, but probably not that big of a deal.

Banks claims that the reason she was offended by Iggy getting a spot on the list is because she was offended by the fact that Iggy, a white Australian, referred to herself as a "runaway slave master" on the track "D.R.U.G.S."

Since Rocks Off can't read minds, we have no way of knowing if Banks really was offended by the line; however, we do think it's weird she didn't bother to bring this up until after the XXL cover dropped.

The feud officially jumped the shark when T.I., owner of the Grand Hustle Record label to which Iggy is signed, got involved. After a bit of back and forth between both parties, T.I. went on the radio to refer to the situation as "bitch shit" and suggested Banks get a man to address him instead.

Banks did the only thing a responsible person could do in that situation: let everyone on Twitter know she was deleting all her T.I. songs from her iPad. Here's hoping she pirated the tracks in the first place instead of buying them.

The Beef: Steven Tyler vs. Joe Perry, Round 427 How It Started: Tyler takes a job on American Idol. Perry finds out via press release. Best/Worst Part: Aerosmith agrees to perform on Idol's season finale.

That the members of Aerosmith would argue about something comes as no surprise to those of us who have ever had the misfortune of sitting through their episode of Behind the Music. Some bands are born to make great music and not get along with each other; most don't build a brand on it.

Perry's agitation at Tyler's new day job was pretty silly. Sure, a phone call to give the rest of the band a warning about the announcement would have been nice, but you know what's even nicer: The pile of cash they were all going to make once their catalogue sales rose due to Tyler's participation on the show.

CBS, experts at knowing a good thing when they see it, jumped at the opportunity to feature the band's tension on 60 Minutes. In the process, Tyler found out all the mean things the rest of the band doesn't like about him, and the band got to claim the things they said were taken out of context. CBS, meanwhile, made news out of non-news, which is a pretty good hustle when you think about it.

In the end, like all great bad music relationships, money trumps all. The band is set to embark on a tour this summer. How are they kicking it off? With a performance on the American Idol season finale, of course.

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Cory Garcia is a Contributing Editor for the Houston Press. He once won an award for his writing, but he doesn't like to brag about it. If you're reading this sentence, odds are good it's because he wrote a concert review you don't like or he wanted to talk pro wrestling.
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