It looks like neither Lil Wayne or Jay-Z is interested in an all-out hip-hop feud. Just days after Wayne revealed he’s not in competition with Jay-Z, the Roc Nation mogul is now singing the same tune, downplaying their supposed beef as nothing more than “sport.”
While chatting with MTV News on the red carpet of his recent Shawn Carter Foundation scholarship event, Jay explained that he doesn’t give much consideration to the alleged beef between him and Wayne.
“That’s sport, that’s rap music,” Jay said. “Nothing is going to change but the participants. I don’t even see why that’s news.”
The alleged beef between the two began after Cash Money CEO Birdman publicly disagreed with Jay-Z topping MTV’s Hottest MC’s List in 2009, claiming his “son” Wayne was a superior emcee and made more money than Jay.
Hov responded to Birdman on the Watch The Throne track “H.A.M.,” where he raps, “I’m like really half a billi n—a, Really you got baby money / Keep it real with n—as, N—as aint got my lady money.”
Wayne, as promised in an interview with MTV’s RapFix Live host Sway Calloway, then fired back on the Tha Carter IV track, “It’s Good,” where he replies, “Talkin’ ‘bout baby money, I gotcha baby money / Kidnap your b—h get that how much you love your lady money / I know you fake, n—a / Press your brakes, n—a / I’ll take you out, that’s a date, n—a / I’m a grown a– blood, stop playing with me / Play a–hole, and get an a– whippin’ / I think you pussycat, hello kitty.”
Following the diss track’s release, Wayne insisted that there wouldn’t be any repercussions for his words and in the cover feature of the Oct./Nov. issue of VIBE, Wayne dismissed the alleged beef, saying that competition in hip-hop is a long-dead thing of the past.
“There’s no competition [with any artists]. Music isn’t about competition no more,” said Wayne about his alleged beef with Jay-Z. “All the gangster rappers are happy, all the skateboard rappers are happy, all the white rappers are happy … Everybody just happy to do music these days. There are no problems. That s— died a long time ago with them old-a– rappers. We are just making music, making money and having fun feeding our families. Competition is for the old guys.” –nicholas robinson