French Rappers Booba and Kaaris Brawl Inside Airport While People Are Simply Waiting to Catch Their Flights

Rap beef just isn't the same as it used to be.

Some people prefer to take their fights to the streets...others opt for airport lounges?

That's where veteran French rappers Booba and Kaaris decided to hash things out on Wednesday as they were preparing to catch flights out of Paris; Orly Airport. The two artists came to blows at a departure lounge causing a terminal closure and brief flight delays, reports Reuters.

Onlookers captured video of the 41-year-old French-Senegalese rapper Booba and 38-year-old Ivorian-born Kaaris along with members of their respective entourages, scuffling and throwing fists in a duty-free shop, knocking down stands and causing people nearby—who were just trying to mind their business and catch their flight—to scurry out of their way.

Is this what French rap has come to in 2018? The sad thing is that we've actually seen worse to be honest.

Lots of unimpressive kicking took place.

The two rappers were detained along with 9 others following the incident.

Though it is unclear what exactly caused today's incident, Booba and Karris' have been beefing since 2014, according to a Noisey report, when Karris dropped a freestyle that appeared to take shots at Booba. It seems that this tussle, in the duty-free section of an airport of all places, is the culmination of four years of tension between them.

What can we say? Rap beef just isn't the same as it used to be—and that's a good thing, we guess.

Of course, the internet has been joking about the "brawl" since the news surfaced on Wednesday.

Photo by Don Paulsen/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Hugh Masekela's New York City Legacy

A look back at the South African legend's time in New York City and his enduring presence in the Big Apple.

In Questlove's magnificent documentary, Summer of Soul, he captures a forgotten part of Black American music history. But in telling the tale of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, the longtime musician and first-time filmmaker also captures a part of lost South African music history too.

Among the line-up of blossoming all-stars who played the Harlem festival, from a 19-year-old Stevie Wonder to a transcendent Mavis Staples, was a young Hugh Masekela. 30 years old at the time, he was riding the wave of success that came from releasing Grazing in the Grass the year before. To watch Masekela in that moment on that stage is to see him at the height of his time in New York City — a firecracker musician who entertained his audiences as much as he educated them about the political situation in his home country of South Africa.

The legacy Masekela sowed in New York City during the 1960s remains in the walls of the venues where he played, and in the dust of those that are no longer standing. It's in the records he made in studios and jazz clubs, and on the Manhattan streets where he once posed with a giant stuffed zebra for an album cover. It's a legacy that still lives on in tangible form, too, in the Hugh Masekela Heritage Scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music.

The school is the place where Masekela received his education and met some of the people that would go on to be life-long bandmates and friends, from Larry Willis (who, as the story goes, Masekela convinced to give up opera for piano) to Morris Goldberg, Herbie Hancock and Stewart Levine, "his brother and musical compadre," as Mabusha Masekela, Bra Hugh's nephew says.

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