DJ Khaled is all about unity. The loud and charismatic hitmaker would rather bring hip-hop together than see it marred in negativity and controversy. So when some of Miami's rap representatives took exception to Lil Wayne's dis to the Miami Heat basketball team, Khaled opted for a more positive outlook.
"Miami is my city. I rep Miami and I feel like the Miami Heat is my team. I felt like Wayne went on the radio and showed love to the city and bigged up the city and its love," Khaled said when he appeared on Wednesday's "RapFix Live" on MTV Jams. "I've learned in this game there's a lot of misunderstandings, miscommunications, so it's about love, man, and I know it's love. And that's all I know, so if you gonna ask me, it's love."
Rappers like Luke, Trick Daddy and Pitbull didn't quite see it that way when they all separately lashed out at Weezy for the comments he made during the NBA's 2013 All-Star Weekend in February. Wayne, a New Orleans resident now living in Miami, blasted the NBA and the Heat after he says he was banned from attending the NBA All-Star Game in Houston. During a post All-Star concert, Weezy had some pretty harsh words for the Heat's LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, alleging that he slept with the basketball star's wife.
Wayne has since apologized to James, but his comments toward the rest of the team stood. "I just think it was a big miscommunication. I don't think that Wayne disrespected the city of Miami," said N.O.R.E. (a.k.a. P.A.P.I.), a New York native, who, like Wayne, also resides in M-I-A.
The way N.O.R.E. sees it, the die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan's comments were just misconstrued.
"When you're passionate about your sports, you can't really let it be known because if you know how much I really like the Jets, you might not be my friend anymore," he joked. "When it got back to Miami, it turned into, he just said 'eff Miami.' It had nothin' to do with the sports teams no more. When that was everything it had to do with; it was sports, and that's it."
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