4John Lennon and Paul McCartney Secretly Taunted Each Other on Record
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You might not be aware of it, but after the breakup of the Beatles, the relationship between John Lennon and Paul McCartney was a teensy bit strained. When Lennon heard a new McCartney song called "Too Many People," in which he reeled off a laundry list of complaints that included "too many people preaching practices," he was primed to overreact a little to what he rightly assessed as a suggestion that maybe he and his wife were a touch overzealous with the enlightened bullshit. And that's exactly what he did with the aptly titled "How Do You Sleep?"
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In reality, both men slept on piles of money so large that they outweighed several island nations.
Lennon kicked McCartney where he knew it would hurt the most: right in the talent. He informed his former songwriting partner that "all you done was yesterday," a sly reference to the classic Beatles hit, and called his new sound "Muzak to my ears," while calling McCartney himself a narcissistic mama's boy who surrounds himself with yes-men. He even goes so far as to pronounce McCartney's solo career DOA, saying "those freaks was right when they said you was dead," referring to the conspiracy theory that McCartney had died and been replaced by a lookalike in the Beatles' heyday. It's as vicious as a hippie is allowed to get without being politely but firmly asked to leave the commune.
While McCartney has always denied it, it was rumored that he hit back with "Let Me Roll It," whose Lennon-like sound gave listeners suspicion that McCartney was parodying his style. McCartney isn't exactly above such things: The Beatles classic "Helter Skelter" was written after being underwhelmed by the hype surrounding the groundbreaking, eardrum-rupturing sound of the Who, and deciding that he could do it better.
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"I had worse hair than any of them."
Lennon was no stranger to slipping personal attacks into Beatles songs, either: "Baby You're a Rich Man" was a mocking tribute to manager Brian Epstein, and at one point in the song, Lennon slurs "Baby, you're a rich fag Jew" over the chorus, possibly to take the heat off the rumors that he and Epstein had been having an affair. Lover's quarrel or homophobic, anti-Semitic douchebaggery? It doesn't really matter, we already knew Lennon was a huge asshole.
3Justin Timberlake Got Sassy With Prince on a Timbaland Song
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Timbaland's 2007 hate anthem "Give It to Me" is just a mess of insults splattered all over the industry's faces, with digs rumored to be aimed at Fergie, Janet Jackson, and producer Scott Storch, who you almost certainly don't remember as that record producer who rose to fame in the middle part of the last decade despite his staunch refusal to stop wearing those obnoxious sunglasses.
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He must have big ol' bulbous mantis eyes under that.
By far the most interesting insult, however, is Justin Timberlake's shot at the only man hot enough to make paisley look sensual: Prince. To be fair, Prince totally started it. During his set at a 2006 Emmy Awards afterparty, he made the seemingly-out-of-nowhere statement, "For whoever is claiming that they are bringing sexy back, sexy never left!"
Timberlake is staunchly close-lipped about the subjects of his cattier songs, still refusing to admit that "Cry Me a River" was about Britney Spears, even though everyone's grandmother knows it is. Nevertheless, he almost certainly shot back in his verse on Timbaland's track, posing the elegant and certainly valid question, "If sexy never left, then why's everybody on my shit?" Why, indeed.
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No, seriously. Someone please tell us why.
He makes another good point that Prince isn't exactly blistering up the charts these days. Not only is that true, but in a delicious case of karmic justice, Prince hasn't had a Hot 100 single since the year he made that apparently unprovoked attack. We'd be shocked if you can name it without Googling.