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Late last week, One Direction‘s Zayn Malik announced his departure from the hugest boy band on the planet, leaving fans around the world gobsmacked and many teary-eyed.

Speaking with The Sun newspaper, Malik opened up about his decision to walk, saying he’s doing what he believes is right by himself and the rest of the group’s members.

“It is crazy and wild and a bit mad,” he admitted in an interview conducted Thursday, according to TIME. “But at the same time I’ve never felt more in control in my life. And I feel like I’m doing what’s right – right by myself and right by the boys, so I feel good.”

In light of the recent goings-on with 1D, we’ve put together a list of some of hip-hop’s biggest and most shocking splits. Some have since reunited, others haven’t. Remember 1D fans, time heals all wounds, so don’t rule out Mr. Malik reconciling with the others sometime in the future.

The Diplomats

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The Diplomats, more commonly known as Dipset, started to molder around 2007 after a string of rifts and disagreements between various members, most notably Cam’ron and Jim Jones, began to go public. After years of not talking, the group reunited in April 2010, with Cam’ron and Jim Jones officially announcing the end of their feud. The next five years were somewhat quiet for the Set. However, on January 1, 2015, DJ Funkmaster Flex announced that Dipset’s working on a reunion mixtape and tour.


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During their pinnacle, N.W.A were an unstoppable force, quite literally. Nevertheless, all that fame, money and attention wasn’t necessarily a good thing for the group coming straight outta Compton. After frontman Eazy-E linked up with famed music executive Jerry Heller in early 1987, things started to take a turn for the worse. Refusing to sign a new recording deal, Ice Cube left the group. He claimed that the money earned by the collective wasn’t being distributed fairly among its members, and was instead being used to make Eazy-E and Heller rich men. Cube later took legal action and the feud exploded. Diss tracks soon began, with the two parties going back and f0rth numerous times on wax.

Keep on the lookout for the upcoming N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton, due out August 14, that should reveal all.


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After signing with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment, The Game started working with 50 Cent and his rap collective, G-Unit. Not long afterwards, The Game released his acclaimed debut studio album The Documentary. However, tensions soon flourished, with 50 claiming that he didn’t receive the appropriate credit for his work on the project. The Game was later dismissed from G-Unit, and things got ugly. Still to this day, over a decade later, Fif and The Game have yet to reconcile, despite the reunion of G-Unit members Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo, Young Buck and 50 Cent at Summer Jam last Summer. Best guess? They just need more time.

The rivalry between 50 Cent and The Game is often likened to the beef between The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur. Fortunately, though, they’re both still around to tell the tale.


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Made up of Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michael, the Fugees were undoubtedly one of the most influential hip-hop groups of all time. After releasing their second and final studio album The Score in early 1996, which was subsequently certified multi-platinum, the group disbanded, partly because of the “toxic” relationships between the three members. The group reunited in 2004 and went on a European tour the following year, but they’ve since gone their separate ways once again.

Mobb Deep

Mobb Deep In Concert

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This one hurt.

Back in 2012, Havoc took to Twitter to post a multitude of derogatory tweets aimed at his partner-in-rhyme for over two decades. He accused Prodigy of engaging in homosexual acts during his stint in prison, before threatening to lay P out the next time he saw him.

“prodigy u p-ssy! u long island ass bitch. I’m about to expose u!,” Havoc said. “i got niggas in the jail system to to back up that prodigy was fucking homes in jail.” Continuing, Havoc added: “next time i see u , u getting layer out, on camera!!”

And just to make sure everyone knew he wasn’t being hacked, Havoc said: “nothing hacked P homo y’all. no hack this havoc.”

However, Havoc later said that those tweets were posted by someone else after his phone was stolen at a gas station. Later, though, it was revealed that it was indeed Havoc who posted those words back in April of 2012. Today, the two appeared to have cleared the air with the release of their 2014 effort, The Infamous Mobb Deep.


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