Jay-Z and Lil Wayne obviously have a mutual respect for each other, but that’s never stopped them from sending subtle lyrical jabs each other’s way. Hov invited Weezy to rock on “Hello Brooklyn 2.0” from his American Gangster album and they both got busy on “Swagga Like Us,” for example, so they can obviously work together. So why does it look like the bubbling of a lyrical O.K. Corral?
Maybe the band-aid on their quasi-rift from a few years back—in 2006, Weezy told Complex Magazine that he was better than Jay and in 2007, both MCs threw subliminals at each other — was ripped off when MTV placed Jay-Z ahead of Wayne at number one on its Hottest MCs in the Game list for 2009?
Bear with us while we explain.
Soon after MTV’s final list was announced that year, Weezy’s daddy, Bryan “Birdman” Williams told outlets that his son should have been number one (he was #2), mostly because of his sales. In October 2009, Birdman told Tropical TV, “Wayne’s the best. He do the most and he make the most money. I don’t think no nigga in the business make more money than us. How can you be the best if you don’t make the most money?”
Naturally, heads immediately started wondering if Jay-Z would answer in kind to Birdman’s claims. Hova answered in rhyme earlier this year on “H.A.M.,” the lead single from his upcoming collaborative project with Kanye West titled Watch The Throne. Jay-Z spits, “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,” which many consider a jab at Birdman and Weezy, though the BK rapper has neither confirmed nor denied if that is the case.
Baby then responded to the line, via Twitter. “We gonna keep spending ’baby money’ …billionaire minds stay tuned,” he tweeted on February 8, 2011.
Now most recently, Sway asked Weezy about the line, and the New Orleans rapper gave a savvy response: “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.”
As long as these two rapping gentleman “keep it on wax,” let the games continue.
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