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What's Beef? Vol. 2: Lil' Wayne vs. Jay Z

What's Beef? Vol. 2: Lil' Wayne vs. Jay Z

The battle between Wayne and Hov is more about supremacy than anything else.  Tunechi, who’s the ultimate rebel didn’t take Hov’s dismissal of his perceived greatness too well, on top of that, the industry for a long time didn’t properly acknowledge Lil Wayne.  During his time with Dipset, Lil Wayne picked up swag, flow and the distain for Hov simultaneously.  We all know the long-standing beef between Hov & Dipset, and Wayne had a front row seat to the back and forth.  And in the song with Dipset Beat Without Bass Wayne put out one of the first recorded shots directed at the King, “You old a** rappers better stay on tour/ You like 44/ I got a 44/ I’m 24/ I could murk you and come out when I’m 44.”  The battle continued in the blogs where both Wayne and Baby took shots at the throne but Hov didn’t take the bait until 2007 where in T.I’s Watch What You Say Hov says “Sooner or later I take you up on your offering / Put you all in your place / Like I’m replacing your father / You’re talking to the author / The architect of the Blueprint/ MY DNA IN YOUR MUSIC”. This was an interesting battle, although one sided because Hov lyrically destroys Wayne, but in all fairness, Tunechi isn’t a battle rapper who has the ability to say the things that make battle songs great. Wayne is a song maker, and a song maker he will always be in this game.

This was a true battle, no recorded altercations, no mean spirited dialogue; these were two giants who are fans of each other sparring for some years. In facts Wayne is on the record saying Hov is one of his favorite rappers, and at one point was close to signing with Roc-A-Fella.  What this battle did more than anything an expose the petty within Baby Birdman who turned this into who’s d*ck is bigger by always mentioning who had the most money.  Interviews have both Hov and Baby going back and forth about who has the most money, and with the current financial issues Baby is reported to have, its clear Hov won that matchup. After the Baby and Hov exchange through blogs, Hov responded with his verse on Watch The Throne’s “HAM”.. “I’m like ‘really’? Half-a-billy ni**a? Really? You got Baby money; Keep it real with ni**as, ni**as ain’t got my lady money” Yikes, but Wayne didn’t stay quiet, he hit back with “Talkin’ ’bout Baby money? I got your baby money; Kidnap your b*tch, get that ‘how much you love your lady’ money” on 2011’s “It’s Good” off Tha Carter IV.  I think every one will agree that this beef wasn’t that serious and more about two artists being competitive in hip-hop!  This was fun while it lasted so lets take a listen at this brief battle between Lil Wayne vs. Jay-Z.

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