Chris Brown’s Public Beefs, Before Drake: A History

By Carter Maness

Ever-controversial, Chris Brown seems unable to avoid beefing with other artists for too long. Last week he and his crew were involved in a dust-up with Drake’s entourage at the now-shuttered W.I.P. nightclub in Manhattan, and although Brown has been cooperating with the police in an effort to resolve the situation, you can’t help but wonder if it would’ve escalated to the level that it did, had Brown not tweeted a photo of his injury along with a brief rant, only to delete it later. Most of Chris Brown’s recent beefs have originated on Twitter, with the singer either responding to jabs, or sending out underhanded insults of his own. Take a look back at a few incidents after the jump.

Opponent: Raz B
Date: December 2010
Shots Fired: This one started when Raz tweeted his wonder at how someone like Brown could disrespect a woman like Rihanna. Brown then referred to Raz as Peter Pan and made offensive homosexual remarks towards him.
Money Quote: “I’m not homophobic! He’s just disrespectful…I was minding my damn business and Peter Pan decides to pop off!!!”

Opponent: Frank Ocean/Odd Future
Date: June 2011
Shots Fired: Brown tweeted his faux-love of Frank Ocean, saying he “reminds me of a young James Fauntleroy or Kevin Cossum.” Ocean then referred to Brown’s abusive history by comparing him to notorious woman-hitter Ike Turner. This sent Brown off the rails.
Money Quote: “[It] was a compliment you b—h ass n—a. Everybody claim to be the devil till they meet him,” tweeted Brown. “[F]–k odd future! Make sure y’all smalltime n—-s stick yo chess out when u speak to me.”

Opponent: Tyler, The Creator
Date: Summer 2011
Shots Fired: Tyler, The Creator knows how to start trouble, but Brown actually started this one by calling Odd Future rapper Hodgy Beats pathetic. This started an epic back-and-forth with Tyler mocking Brown’s haircut and asking him if likes soup. Brown called Odd Future “demonic.”
Money Quote: “It’s funny n—as want me to @ them so they can beef and get followers! The s— weak! Lol.”

Opponent: An Assortment Of TV Personalities
Date: November 2011
Shots Fired: Saying that “taking relationship advice from single people is like taking not-beating-the-s—-out-of-women advice from Chris Brown,” producer Jenny Johnson started a firestorm. “Modern Family” producer Danny Zuker showed his approval and then Brown went on the attack, ripping on his age. After the retort, Fox News correspondent Andy Levy said Brown should get jail time for beating women.
Money Quote: “Danny Zucker, great to see you spending the holidays thinking of me! Cherish these moments cuz at ur age, there isn’t much time left! If u graduated high school in the 70s you should really get another hobby! (not twitter).”

Opponent: Miranda Lambert
Date: February 2012
Shots Fired: During the Grammys, Miranda Lambert voiced her disapproval at Brown making two appearances. “He beat on a girl,” she tweeted. “Not cool that we act like that didn’t happen.” Brown came back by using his award as proof of his success and the industry’s approval.
Money Quote: “Hate all you want because I got a grammy now! That’s the ultimate f— off… Perform your heart out! Go buy @miranda_lambert! So motivational and “PERFECT.”"

Opponent: CM PUNK
Date: February 2012
Shots Fired: After the WWE star said that Brown should “fight somebody that can defend themselves” and referred to him as a “turd,” Brown offered an autographed picture and accused the wrestler of being on steroids.
Money Quote: “He’s such a leader! Not to mention the roids he’s on has made it utterly impossible for him to pleasure women.”

Opponent: Meek Mill
Date: May 2012
Shots Fired: Meek, implying that he had hooked up with Rihanna, tweeted the message, ”U took me off ya song cause she let me watch da throne! #dreamsandnightmares,” which prompted Brown to call Rihanna a “dream chaser” (a play on the MMG rapper’s mixtape title). Meek snapped back, “Dese chicks belong 2 da game… not u! Never get confused and think that’s all u!” Poor, Rihanna.
Money Quote: “There are a lot of dreamers so she’ll be running forever.”

Opponent: Brian McKnight
Date: June 2012
Shots Fired: McKnight asked for suggestions whether he should rent a lambo or “beat the s— outta my girl” – an obvious shot at Brown. Brown, noticing a pattern, fired back that anyone bringing up his abusive history was just looking to gain fame off his name.
Money Quote: “I can’t keep helping these old n—as. Its miracle the way I’m bringing the dead alive… I would have gladly wrote you something that would make u look less irrelevant.”

Opponent: Drake
Date: May-June 2012
Money Quote: Brown had tense words with both Drake and Meek Mill over Rihanna, but a boiling point came June 13 when Brown and Drake’s entourages brawled-out at a Manhattan club.