Lil Wayne and Jay-Z are arguably the two biggest names in the hip-hop game. So what happens when these power houses decide to turn on each other? A little friendly competition never hurt anybody, but what’s the deal with these two?
They’ve collaborated on Jay-Z’s 2007 “Hello Brooklyn,” Lil Wayne’s 2008 “Mr. Carter,” and the insanely popular “Swagga Like Us” with T.I. and Kanye West also in 2008, which shows they haven’t always been at odds.
But sometimes friendships, especially in hip-hop, have been known to go sour.
In case you missed it, the lyrics making headlines since yesterday off Lil Wayne’s “It’s Good” are as follows…
Talkin’ ’bout Baby money? I got your Baby money / Kidnap your bitch, get that how-much-you-love-your-lady money
Here Lil Wayne semi-explicitly threatens to kidnap Beyoncé, a ’90s style rap-beef scenario that we rarely ever hear anymore. Yeah, he took it there.
The shots Lil Wayne took came as a response to Jay-Z’s “H.A.M.” diss which dropped back in early January. Jay’s line is as follows…
I’m like really, half a billi, nigga? Really, you got Baby money? / Keep it real with niggas, niggas ain’t got my lady money
So how did this all start? What probed Jay-Z to go at Lil Wayne and Baby earlier this year? Is this just a friendly beef or something more? We broke it down for you starting from the very beginning. Check it out!
In this 2009 interview, Birdman states that Lil Wayne is lyrically better than Jay-Z. He also claims that Lil Wayne has more money than Jay.
Jay-Z later responds to Birdman’s accusations while on Hot 97 with Angie Martinez.
Then in 2010 when Forbes released their annual Hip-Hop Cash Kings list, Jay-Z ranked in at #1 with $63 million in earnings while Lil Wayne came in at #4 with $20 million in earnings, about 1/3 less than jigga man, clearly proving Baby’s 2009 claims to be wrong.
It wasn’t until January 2011 when Jay finally came back at Lil Wayne and Baby via his “H.A.M.” lyrics.
Although Baby aka Birdman was constantly put on the spot by interviewers regarding Jay’s lyrics, he didn’t seemed to be phased by it. He took to Twitter to subliminally instigate the situation but he never came out with anything too intense.
Then in March 2011 Lil Wayne was interviewed by MTV’s Sway where he addressed the situation. When Sway brought it up, Lil Wayne said he wasn’t looking to start another competition with Jay.
Fast forward to August 2011 and Lil Wayne surely did respond to Jay-Z.
Where do we go from here? Only time with tell.