Rap is a competitive sport. The way MCs battle and pick at one another differentiates it from just about any other genre, and the media that covers hip-hop can be just as competitive.
Take rival New York radio jocks K. Foxx and Angela Yee, who have spent the better part of 2012 bickering on the airwaves. On Monday night (April 1) at 9 p.m. they will take their feud to T.V. during the premiere of VH1's new reality series "The Gossip Game."
The show, which was birthed from the brain of "Love & Hip Hop" creator Mona Scott-Young, follows the lives of a number of female hip-hop journalists, bloggers and radio personalities, including the aforementioned Yee and Foxx, The Source Magazine editor in chief Kim Osorio and Global Grind reporter Sharon Carpenter.
Like in most reality shows these days, beefs are drawn out and alliances are formed, but Foxx doesn't take any of it personally. "Business is business. What I do on the radio, I don't take home with me. You gotta be able to differentiate between that because if not you'll go insane if you take every single thing that happens within this business personally," she told MTV News when she sat down with us in March ahead of the show premiere.
Foxx is a weekday morning show jock on Hot 97's "The Cipha Sounds & Rosenberg Show," while Yee dishes down the dial on Power 105's "The Breakfast Club" alongside DJ Envy and Charlamagne tha God.
The two stations are locked in a ratings battle and at times their respective DJs hurl on-air insults in each other's direction. In Monday's show, the two ladies confront one another face to face. "It's a competition and nobody wants to be second, so when I'm on the field, I'm ready to play, but it is nothing personal against her. I don't know her well enough to be taking personal jabs," Foxx said.
Overall Foxx says that her life consists of more than beefing and bickering. "From the super-trailer it seems like I'm the angry black woman getting at everybody and defending myself," she said about a preview for the show. "But I think it's more of the tribulations that I go through within my career and having to defend myself."