Brooklyn-born emcee Fabolous dropped the video for his track “So NY” this week, and many interpreted the song as a subtle response to Lil Wayne‘s comments last year regarding his contempt for New York City.
But in an interview with MTV News, Fab made it clear that the song was just about repping for his city and his place in it. Despite the fact that he made a subtle reference to Weezy’s comments (“I’m So NY, Weezy probably don’t like me…”), the song really was not a “response” to anything.
“It’s his opinion,” Fabolous replied when asked to revisit the minor controversy. “So if he doesn’t like New York, it’s not a bad thing. I do feel he spoke it out because it was how he felt.”
Fabolous also acknowledged that NYC hip-hop not being at it’s peak right now may have something to do with why so many overreacted to the YMCMB superstar’s words.
“New York isn’t at its strongest point musically or something like that,” Fab admitted. “It’s also hard to say that about any place. I don’t care if you do an interview and say ‘Yo, I don’t like Kentucky.’ The people of Kentucky are gonna have a little gripe about that…I took what he was saying and tried to empower some pride back into New York. You know what I mean, ‘I’m so New York, Weezy probably don’t like me.’ That’s what it was more about. Just making a statement and taking what he said and motivating people with it.”
He revealed that shortly after the song dropped, he ran into Wayne in Miami and made sure he understood there was no beef.
“I seen [sic] him at Club LIV and when I saw him I was like, ‘I’mma go over there and holler at him.’ Just to check the temperature and make sure everything’s OK because you know people hearing things and I don’t know which way they took [it],” said Fabolous. “And he actually came over to me and came and said ‘what’s up.’ … That was the end of it there. [There] was no reason to dwell on it. I even actually took a picture for my Instagram just to show the people that it wasn’t no [sic] big deal.”