At 17 days old, 2017 is still a very young year, so it's really hard to say that anything is the "best X of 2017" just yet. I See You by The xx is probably the best album of 2017 as it stands now, and A Series of Unfortunate Events may be the finest TV series of the year so far, but we have barely more than a fortnight of material to work with.
That said, the greatest hip-hop feud of 2017 may have already begun, and as we're sure very few of you were expecting, it involves Soulja Boy and... Mike Tyson.
Let us explain: About a week ago, Tyson announced that he is training Chris Brown for an upcoming boxing match with Soulja Boy, saying in an Instagram video, "So it’s confirmed: I’m training Chris, he chose me as his trainer to take on Soulja Boy. And Soulja Boy, what the f-ck you talking about? I’m gonna teach him how to bite somebody’s ear. Yeah, that’s right. I’m gonna teach him every dirty trick in the book to knock you out. I’m not going to teach him how to run."
Yesterday, Soulja Boy released a diss track aimed at Tyson and Brown, titled "Stop Playing With Me," and today, Tyson dropped a music video for his diss track (which he actually began recording last week), titled "If You Show Up" (via HotNewHipHop).
The track, which seems to borrow its hook from Jay Z's "Tom Ford," is as outrageous as you'd expect and opens its first verse with this fire: "Soulja Boy been talking shit, on Instagram / but social media don't make a f-ckin' man / Everybody talk shit, behind the keys / Imma sting like a venereal disease."
There's not much more we can say about this. Just watch it, above. It's a trip, and the greatest diss track of 2017.
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