Learn English with English, baby!

Join for FREE!



Date: Mar 30 2006


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

“Hip hop has just been a whole lot of extra, unnecessary beef. I’m about feel-good energy in music.”

Hip hop artist Busta Rhymes, talking about his new music video and song Touch It.


1. Definition - Study the definition.

problems, troubles or difficulties; conflict

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

When you’ve got a beef with someone, you’ve got a big problem or conflict with him/her. Recently, billionaire Donald Trump had a beef with Martha Stewart because her version of the tv show The Apprentice was not as popular as Trump’s version. There have been rumors that Madonna had a beef with Gwen Stefani because Gwen is copying Madonna’s image: a pretty blonde who is married to a British man.

In the quote above, Busta Rhymes is saying that a lot of hip hop music is meant to create problems or conflicts. One popular example is the beef between east coast and west coast rappers a few years ago. The beef was primarily between rap artists 2Pac and Notorious B.I.G.


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

“There was a lot of beef between rappers 2Pac and Notorious B.I.G.”


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

abbycha23 to complain about...
by abbycha23
kenien something useless, people don't want anymore
by kenien
palina Quarrel
by palina
I think "beef" means to complain or grumble about.
by Yanger
hossein99 a complaint or grievance
by hossein99
PinkRibbon crap...excess filler.
by PinkRibbon
by vander

Want to guess next week's slang?

The iTEP® test

  • Schedule an iTEP® test and take the official English Practice Test.

    Take Now >

Likes (7):

See all >

Share this lesson:

  • Share on Facebook
  • Share on Bebo
  • Share on Myspace
  • Share on Twitter
  • Email this to a friend
  • Share on Sina

Post Ebaby! lessons on your blog:

Ebaby! Cast

More English Lessons