Jay-Z lit the fuse on this beef when he rapped on the Throne's debut single "H.A.M.," "Really, you got baby money. Keep it real with n-----, n----- ain't got my lady, money." It seems like a simple aside, just another boast in what Kanye West calls "luxury rap." However, Miss Info writes that the line was a response to a comment Wayne's mentor and Cash Money founder Bryan "Baby" Williams said in 2009 about how Weezy had more money than Jigga, a claim that was refuted when Forbes named Jay-Z its Number One "Hip-Hop Cash King." Wayne placed fourth on that list.
Even if the "baby money" line wasn't directed toward Lil Wayne, the rapper still took it personally. "We gonna keep spending 'baby money'...billionaire minds stay tuned," "Baby" Williams tweeted a few weeks after "H.A.M." was released. Wayne kept quiet though... until his Tha Carter IV leaked yesterday. On the song "It's Good," Wayne raps, "Talkin' bout baby money, I got ya baby money. Kidnap yo bitch, get that how much you love yo lady money. I know you fake n----, press yo brakes n----." The line seems to be a clear response to Jay's taunt, and Wayne ups the ante by threatening to abduct Beyoncé. Here's the clearly NSFW "It's Good," fast forward to 2:55 to hear the lyric in question:
The hip-hop world is reacting like a potential mega-beef is about to explode, and some rappers are already jumping out of the way and not picking sides. To avoid the wrath of Jay-Z, Jadakiss, who along with Drake appears on "It's Good," quickly hit Twitter to say he had no idea he was featured on a song that disses Jay. "Yall hating ass c---------- better chill.. they only sent me a track wit NO verses and I recorded that verse 3 months ago! #leavemeoutofit," Jada wrote. "When I DISS n----- or have a problem Wit ANY RAPPER I SAY THere NAMES without hesitation and YALL know this already!" Drake has yet to comment on the controversy, but since he's signed to Wayne's Young Money crew, we know what side he's forced to take.
Wayne, however, owned up to the dig, telling Vibe yesterday, "I know there won't be any repercussions behind what I did. I know for a fact music is about perception. You can't do anything but perceive what you hear. I know that for a fact. So I can't ever be upset about someone's reaction." He added, "I'm not going to say I don't know what would happen before I even say [something on record]. I do know what will happen. I'm aware of it. But it is what it is."
This isn't the last we've heard between these two. The last time someone of Wayne's stature went after Jay-Z, it was Nas with his eviscerating "Ether." Jay responded the next month with his Nas-taunting "People Talking," so a retaliatory track aimed at Wayne is likely unless this gets smoothed out.
This whole thing makes us long for real beefs like Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre dissing Eazy-E's mom, or the whole Boogie Down Productions vs. Marley Marl "The Bridge Is Over" saga. You know, back when rappers were beefing over substantial things and actual disagreements, and not who's a billionaire and who's just a multi-multi-millionaire.
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