Five years ago, Jay-Z and Lil Wayne were trading lyrical jabs like Lil’ Kim and Nicki Minaj do these days. Their war of words, however, seemed to subside when the iconic Brooklyn rapper invited the Cash Money superstar to join him on “Hello Brooklyn 2.0,” from 2007’s American Gangster.
But things seemed to become chilly again when Birdman compared Hov and Weezy, saying his artist is a better rapper and has more money.
In January, Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “H.A.M.” arrived via Facebook, and fans wondered whether Jay was taking shots at Wayne on the track.
“N—as fantasize about the sh– that I do daily/ Like these rappers rap about all the sh– that I do daily,” Jay spits on the number. “I’m like really, half a billi, n—a, really you got Baby money/ Keep it real with n—as, n—as ain’t got my lady money.”
According to Weezy, who heard the track personally through West, he isn’t looking to start another competition with Jay. Wayne told MTV News that he didn’t ask ’Ye about the alleged dig: “I wouldn’t ask him about a Jay-Z line because he’s not Jay-Z.”
That doesn’t mean Wayne wouldn’t respond to the line, even if he hasn’t returned fire just yet.
“Me and my wit, given my wit, I would probably play off of it,” Wayne explained. “But I wouldn’t make it a competition, because actually, the subject that he’s talking about in that line, I can’t box with the god. I’d be the first one to tell you that, given my wit, and the type of person that I am, I’d capitalize and I’d play off of it. Yeah, I definitely would.”
The New Orleans rapper is putting the final touches on his next studio album — and his first project since his release from prison — Tha Carter IV. But first, Wayne is set to premiere his video for “6 Foot 7 Foot” on MTV this Thursday at 7:54 p.m.