Perpetually incarcerated Philly rapper Beanie Sigel has decided to end his beef with Jay-Z, likely because Jay is one of the most powerful men in the entertainment industry, nobody really cares about rap beef anymore, and ending disagreements with Jay-Z is an excellent way to remind people you exist.
"What Mike Epps say? 'Gangstas f--- up too,' " Sigel told XXLMag.com (via Nah Right). "Whatever I felt this dude Jay did wrong to me, it can't outweigh the one thing he did do for me -- he gave me an opportunity. Dude gave me an opportunity. A lot of people don't get opportunities. He gave me that. That outweighs everything. I need that in black and white. I got caught in the moment and put my feelings out there. I should have never done that."
Most folks assumed their dispute began with Sigel's 2009 song "What You Talkin Bout (I Ain't Your Average Cat)," where he openly dissed his Roc-a-Fella boss by mocking lyrics from Jay's own Blueprint 3 track "What We Talkin' About." His chief complaint: Sigel thought Jay had been rapping about his protégé's failure to become a superstar, and also felt Jigga didn't do enough to push his career. But Sigel tells XXL the drama started at an opening of one of Jay's 40/40 Clubs, when a bodyguard "put his hands on me not in a manner that was harmful to me, but in a manner where he shouldn't have touched me period. ... After that I never saw Jay again. I never talked to him again."
If that sounds kind of junior high, Jay thought so, too. Last year he told Ed Lover, "That one was a little surprising. The competitive nature of rap music dictates that's how it goes more times than it's not... I think everybody run outta ideas, it's all just marketing at this point." Actually... those sort of sound like fighting words. But who wants to beef with a guy with hardcore rapper Gwyneth Paltrow in his corner?
[Photo of Jay, Beanie and the Roc crew before the beef: Johnny Nunez/WireImage.com]
- Beanie Sigel