Bill O’Reilly, like your ornery grandpa, doesn’t understand why the kids like “the rap music.” What with all of those fast words and beats and bops and guns and marihuana talk– not to mention it’s too goshdurn loud! And don’t get him started about those blacks!
Unlike your grandpa, Bill happens to have his own talk show on Fox News where he can taunt those very rappers that he despises so much. But when you mess with hip-hop’s heavyweights like Snoop Dogg, Cam’ron, and Ludacris, you’re bound to be bit back!
For entertainment’s sake, I’ve scoured the web to give you a semi-exhaustive timeline of three of Bill O’Reilly’s most popular rap beefs, complete with the relevant show clips, interviews, and songs that go along with them.
March 29, 2007 – In response to O’Reilly calling Snoop a “wiseguy” in one of his segments, Snoop Dogg takes to Dutch talk-show Jensen! with a few choice words for Bill– the few being “fuck Bill O’Reilly,” “he’s a muthafuckin’ prick,” and “suck my dick.”
At 2:28 – “They don’t understand me, y’know. They don’t understand how his kids just love Snoop Dogg and he don’t really get it, so instead of him trying to hold an interview with me to better understand me, he’d rather try to bash me in the media, y’namsayin? He could just basically have a conversation with me and get on one-on-one with me… I’d love to get on his show. We’d have to do it in my neighborhood though… so I can kick his muthafuckin ass myself.”
March 30, 2007 – O’Reilly retorts on his “Most Ridiculous Item of the Day” segment.
At 0:52 – “Yeah, like Calvin lives in the ghetto. Is the poolboy gonna beat me up there, Snoopy? And of course he’s welcome to come in here to the ‘No Spin Zone’ but we do have drug testing. To not have it would be ridiculous.”
2008 – After reading a mangled quote from Snoop’s interview with The Guardian (“The KKK gave Obama money…They was one of his biggest supporters…”), O’Reilly gives “Mr. Dogg” his coveted title of “Pinhead”:
At 0:44 – “Good grief. Is this what smoking pot leads to?”
September 2012 – O’Reilly continues taunting “the despicable Dogg” for openly smoking the devil’s lettuce with his 18-year-old son.
At 0:30 – “If it were up to me, I’d have you arrested.”
2013 – During the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors, Bill O’Reilly gives an introduction to a Herbie Hancock tribute video. Also sharing the stage is none other than Snoop Dogg, who, probably out of respect to Herbie, gives Bill a quick handshake at 2:17.
Beef Status: Still Questionable
November 2003 – In a segment dedicated to how gangsta rap is detrimental to inner-city youth, O’Reilly “moderates” a debate between a principal (who’s admittedly a fan) and a jeering Cam’ron (“who raps about pimping and bitches”), along with his producer Dame Dash. Aside from being one of the most hilarious interviews in history, this segment also gave birth to the classic “U Mad?” meme.
March 2009 – In an interview with The Life Files, Cam’ron shares that he’d be more than prepared for a second appearance on The O’Reilly Factor. Unsurprisingly, Bill has yet to comment. In Cam’s words:
At 11:20 – “If they ever invite me, I would love to come back… I get a lot of people on the street who still tell me, ‘I loved you on Bill O’Reilly’ but whenever he invites me, definitely, I’d go back especially now since I know what type of person he is, I didn’t know who Bill O’Reilly was before I got there and that was my first time. I had never watched the show before. I never knew what type of person [he was], that was just me being me. But not that I know what I’m dealing with, I’ll be even more prepared.”
Beef Status: Unclear
“It’s the moral of the day, Sway: Luda don’t start shit… I only finish it.”
Bill O’Reilly’s most high-profile rap beef came along shorty after Pepsi recruited Ludacris to star in one of their commercials targeted towards urban youth, possibly to sway them away from that godforsaken Sprite swill. Here’s the spot that started all:
August 28, 2002 – After getting wind of Ludacris’ new sponsorship, O’Reilly asks all Americans to boycott Pepsi for daring to employ such an “immoral” human being. In Bill’s words:
“I’m calling for all responsible Americans to fight back and punish Pepsi for using a man who degrades women, who encourages substance abuse and does all the things that hurt particularly the poor and our society… I’m calling for all Americans to say: “Hey, Pepsi! I’m not drinking your stuff!” (via Smoking Section)
August 29, 2002
– Caving to backlash, Pepsi yanks Ludacris from their ad campaign the very next day, citing “a number of people that were uncomfortable with [Pepsi’s] association with the artist.” Luda is pissed. (via People
October 7, 2003
– Ludacris releases his third album Chicken-n-Beer
. Many tracks take shots at Bill O’Reilly, including “Blow It Out (Ya Ass)
At 1:57 – “Shout out to Bill O’Reilly, I’mma throw you a curve / You mad cause I’m a thief and got away with words // I’mma start my own beverage, it’ll calm your nerves / Pepsi: The New Generation – BLOW IT OUT YA ASS!”
“Fuck you, fuck yoooou / Fuck you, fuck yoooou!“
And my personal favorite, “Hoes in my Room,” featuring a later-targeted Snoop Dogg:
At 3:20 – “I know who let ’em in, it was Bill O’Reilly! (Faggot! Y’all white bread chicken shit nigga!)”
2003 – Ludacris appears as the first-ever guest on MTV’s short-lived The New Tom Green Show where he’s invited to catapult Bill O’Reilly’s books into a dumpster. Although Tom points out that he had to actually buy a bunch of Bill’s books to pull off the stunt, Luda still seems very pleased.
At 0:42 – “Respected highly. Hi, Mr. O’Reilly! / Hope all is well, kiss the plantiff and the wifey!”
2010 – Ludacris confronts Bill O’Reilly at a White House event. After being scared shitless, Bill agrees to cut a sizable check to Luda’s charity. Here’s Ludacris discussing the altercation on Sway in the Morning:
“The first thing I said to him was, ‘I want to meet the guy who has had so much to say about me, but knows absolutely nothing about me’… I identified that I wanted to speak to him when I saw his name on the guest list. I looked at what table he was on, and I walked my ass straight to that table. He wasn’t expecting to see me, at all. The look on his face when he saw me approaching… priceless. From there, we came to a common ground. To be honest with you, we came together and did an event for charity – as crazy as it sounds.” (via SOHH)
Or as Sway eloquently summed it up:
“So let me put this in layman’s terms: you pretty much bitch-slapped Bill O’Reilly and pimped him out!”
Beef Status: SQUASHED