The best beefs of 2023: Anuel, Bad Bunny, Karol G and more

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The so-called “beef” or “tiraera” is an inherent element of urban music, claimed since the best times of Daddy Yankee and Don Omar. A lyrical fight where artists take their personal problems to another level, breaking records on the charts and creating real tsunamis of impressions and comments.

But, What have been the best “beefs” of 2023? The list, indeed, is extensive. Since the last exchange of attacks between Anuel AA and Arcángel that has led to a diss track of the most Christmassy, ​​to all the post-breakup hits that Shakira has given us this year, join us to review the intersections of reproaches that have burst numbers and headlines!

Anuel AA and Arcangel: “I’m not afraid of going to prison”

Let’s start at the end because the public fight between Arcángel and Anuel AA has reggaeton fans in suspense. Apparently, everything exploded when the “Infeliz” singer said in an interview that his relationship with Anuel was not the best, which unleashed the Puerto Rican’s comments on social networks. The public discussion would initially conclude with FN8the song with more than 10 million views that is going viral on TikTok where Arcángel sends several messages to Anuel and none of them friendly.

Right after releasing the song, Archangel would explain the reasons for his enmity with Anuel. “Especially the money. If you say that money doesn’t change people, you are not making money. We are talking about a little kid who saw almost 40 million dollars when he got out (of jail). I think that was one of the roots that led him to go crazy, to talk all the crap he talked about,” the Puerto Rican detailed in an interview for MoluscoTV.

Of course, the topic would come with more risqué posts from Anuel on Instagram, where he basically accuses Arcángel of being a “chota” (word used for “snitch”) and many other things, to which he has also continued to respond. through their social networks.

Anuel AA (again) vs Karol G and Feid: “He doesn’t understand you like I understand you”

But the truth is that the viral disagreement with Arcángel has not been the only controversy in which Anuel has been involved this year, since a few months ago it attracted attention his repeated insistence demanding the attention of his ex-partner, Karol G, also attacking her current partner, the Colombian reggaeton player Feid. And not only on social networks and interviews; The “OA” singer made her love-hate strip official in “Mejor Que Yo”, whose video clip appears to have been removed from the platforms.

“Better than me, he will never be, no; Not even writing down my tricks on paper, yeah; Like me, he will never make love to you, no; What you lost in me you are looking for in him, eh,” the Puerto Rican sings.

Despite the repeated hints and comments (Anuel even wore a t-shirt where you could read “you are with Feid but you know you are mine), neither Karol G nor the interpreter of Classy 101 They spoke publicly regarding them.

Karol G and her “My Ex Was Right”

In line with what we were commenting regarding Anuel and his failed attempts to get the attention of Karol G, the creator of Tomorrow will be nice He did take advantage of the release of the “b-side” of his album (“Tomorrow will be Beautiful – Bichota Season”) to make some things clear to his ex and, in the process, get involved in the popular Mexican regional trend. And he did it with nothing more and nothing less than releasing one of the hits of the year, “My Ex Was Right.”

“My ex was right; She said she wasn’t going to find one like him; And a better one came to me; “That treats me better,” Karol sings here.

Later, some media reported that Anuel would have responded to this song in one of his concerts during his last tour of the United States and Latin America, before singing “Secreto”, one of the collaborations he has with the artist. “I know that your boyfriend doesn’t treat you better than me, baby. Let it be heard in Colombia, let it be heard in Medellín!” the reggaeton player shouted.

Bad Bunny taking the middle ground (Shakira, J Balvin, Karol G…) on his latest album

Among the many virtues it possesses Bad Bunny There is that of being clear as day, something that he transmits in all his songs and for which he has stood out, without a doubt, after the release of his latest album, “No one knows what is going to happen tomorrow”. In it he appears quite critical of the rest of the urban music scene, and some of the rhymes and mentions of him allow us to place some messages with names and surnames in his lyrics.

First of all, again, towards Karol G. We do not know if the singer’s overwhelming success has generated more appearances in the diss tracks of the genre, but this one is quite clear. On the subject of Benito Candy B is back, this seems to take aim at Karol for the use of the term “bichota”, which has become a personal hallmark of the artist. The Colombian explained years ago in the The Rock Star Show by Nicki Jam who had appropriated the Puerto Rican word “bichote”, since this was not usually used to refer to women, which makes it reclaim the word “bichota”.

In the aforementioned song, the Bad Rabbit would dedicate these words to him: “Hey, I come from PR, where the real bugs are from; What a coincidence,; those who become more street; they always come out chota’”, he sings.

Some words that the artist would not hesitate to answer in the Medellín Tomorrow Will Be Nice Fest, celebrated in his homeland on December 1 and 2. “I understand that there may be bugs in the world, but the real bug is from here, daddy!” stated the diva.


“There may be many bugs in the world but the real one is from Medellín” #karolg #msbfest #medellincolombia #atanasiogirardot #bichota #la Verdaderabichota

♬ original sound – Karol G🧜🏻‍♀️🌺

But that is not all, because Bad Bunny also took the opportunity to dedicate some references to J Balvin and Shakira. To the first, he addressed some unexpected words in his collaboration with Eladio Carrión, Thunder and Lighting. “You’ve seen me, I always hang out with the same people / While you are friends with everyone like Balvin,” sings the Puerto Rican artist. This left Balvin somewhat confused, as he revealed in an Instagram live after the release of Benito’s album. “I don’t understand what’s going through his mind. But I know that the Bad Bunny I know is a good person. “I was very surprised by that, but I wish him the best.”

The bad rabbit also took the opportunity to respond to one of Shakira’s most popular rhymes this year, “Women no longer cry, women bill.” In “Los Pits”, the artist sings: “Now the men cry, yes, but without stopping making money.” A line to which Shakira responded through her Instagram story. “Let’s bill together, then,” the artist suggested.

Shakira and the art of turning pain into hits

If someone has known how to transform grief into something much more valuable (as she herself says along with Karol G in TQG“making money as a sport”), has undoubtedly been our Colombian legend, Shakira!

After one of the most difficult years of her life and after her separation from former soccer player Gerard Piqué, the artist has given us some breakup anthems that should be framed in a hall of fame. From the BZRP Music Session Vol. 53 that would cover her with success and awards such as the Latin Grammys that she recently won with Bizarrap, until the aforementioned TQG, Monotony either Congratulations These are just some of the most popular examples. Something that also shows that “tiraeras” do not have to be only and exclusively between artists of the genre, there is something for everyone here!

Resident, the emperor of beef

Resident He already shook the pillars of the genre with his almost 10-minute beef to J Balvin who starred in the Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 49. Here, the Puerto Rican rapper demonstrated great versatility and ingenuity when it came to rhyming and attacking ingeniously at the same time.

This year René surprised us again with his Bass and Drumsa song that also lasts more than nine minutes where, to the rhythm of Tony Royster’s drums and John Benítez’s double bass, he once again charges against his enemies in the genre.

Although he mentions Balvin, he focuses especially on responding again to the diss tracks that the rapper had previously thrown at him Cosculluela (René Resignation and Richie Rich) and clarifies that, in this way, he intends to withdraw from the “tiraeras”. In the song, she also makes reference to other artists, although without attacking them. Such as Shakira, Ricky Martin (who also appears in the video clip), Anitta either Juan Luis Guerra.

Milo J, against producer Taiu?

After one of the most anticipated announcements of the year, the one that came after the viral clip of “Bizapop”, Milo J He surprised everyone with one of the most popular rhymes of his Bzrp Music Session, Vol.57also part of the EP he released with Bizarrap last October, In Sleeping Without Madrid.

“My life is perfect, but; My brothers made me an enemy when they were the ones who robbed me; I pasted a global top theme and I still don’t see a weight; I saw how anguished mother cried; for not having rescued myself from the dagger that was stuck in my eye,’” the young man raps here.

Everything indicated that it was a reference to the song that led the Argentine rapper to achieve international fame at the age of 16, Seldom. The hit, which went viral through TikTok and has accumulated more than 100 million views on YouTube, was produced by Taiu, whom numerous media outlets and comments on social networks point to as the sender of Milo’s “tiraera.” In fact, he himself spoke out after the controversy.

“For those who do not know the music industry from the inside, royalties from songs are paid time after their release. “I’m not the one who pays, the economic part depends on the record companies, there are policies that exceed us as artists.”, indicated the producer through his social networks. “We will both receive payment for the hit, which we made together, within the established deadlines. I am very sorry that misinformation generates false conclusions and it hurts me that things are said that are not true,” he concluded.


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