NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 22: Birdman and Lil Wayne attend the 2013 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Award at Hammerstein Ballroom on August 22, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for BMI) ORG XMIT: 177617901 ORIG FILE ID: 177314914

NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 22: Birdman and Lil Wayne attend the 2013 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Award at Hammerstein Ballroom on August 22, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for BMI) ORG XMIT: 177617901 ORIG FILE ID: 177314914

Rappers are more inclined to collaborate and form profitable alliances than they are to feud with each other nowadays. It’s rarer still that these feuds ever make it off wax. Or Twitter.

And then this whole crazy bizarro love triangle between Birdman, his titular son Lil Wayne, and Young Thug (who’s either an alien or a mutant, the jury’s still out on that) had to happen. It’s got everything– diss records, a tour bus shooting, lawsuits, and oh so much trolling.

It’s easy to get lost, so I did you the kindness of wading through all of the insanity and picking out five things you need to know to make sense of all this. Shall we?