Sure, things started off pretty sweet: Wayne appeared on Clipse’s debut album, Lord Willin, and the Clipse shot a video with Wayne’s mentor and Cash Money CEO, Baby.
But somewhere along the line, things got ugly between Wayne and The Clipse (well, really, now it’s just Pusha since his brother, Malice, changed his name to No Malice and is now M.I.A.).
For years the two have been trading barbs with each other in various songs and interviews.
Things seemed to cool down last year, however, with Pusha T publicly coming out and saying the beef was dead.
Then, Pusha dropped a heater called “Exodus 23:1” last night. No names were said, but it sounded like Push was sending shots Young Money’s way. Wayne thought so too, so he responded on Twitter, saying “fuk Pusha T and anyone that love em.” (Does that mean the G.O.O.D. Music fam also, Wayne?)
All we have to say is, beef back on, baby.
There’s a long history between the two powerful rap entities. Let’s take a look at how it started, and how we got where we’re at today.
Cash Money and The Clipse in better times. (2002)
Things were all good back in 2002 when Clipse appeared on Baby’s Birdman banger “What Happened to That.” Things were so cool that The Clipse flew down to the infamous Magnolia housing projects located in the Third Ward in New Orleans to shoot the video. Baby and Lil Wayne also showed love by appearing on the “Grindin’ (Remix)” which was on the Clipse’s debut album Lord Willin.
Lil Wayne drops Tha Carter ll, starts rocking Bathing Ape. (2005)
The second edition of Tha Carter series saw our guy Wayne switch up his style a little bit. Wayne came with a harder edge, with most of the songs on the album having coke rhymes and East Coast-inspired beats. The change wasn’t just musical, either. Wayne started rocking a lot of Bathing Ape clothing, even appearing on the cover of Vibe magazine wearing a bunch of BAPE stuff. For years Clipse and Pharrell were heavy BAPE co-signers.
Clipse drops the “Mr. Me Too” video and their sophomore album, Hell Hath No Fury. (2006)
Due to various label difficulties, it took the Clipse four years to drop their sophomore album, Hell Hath No Fury (which is now considered a hip-hop classic.). When the album’s first single, “Mr. Me Too,” dropped, it was a doozy. The song and the video was a clear shot to swagger jackers out there who were, according to the Clipse, biting their style. This included copying their coke rhyme style and their Bathing Ape fashion sense. Not only that, but throughout the album, both Pusha T and Malice dropped little subliminal shots, including this bullet from “Ain’t Cha:”
“Patent leather BAPEs…Uh, uh! Closet like planet of the BAPE!
Monkey see, monkey do, monkeys following in place
Like I’m living in an episode of Planet of the Apes
You’re watching the evolution of one of rap’s greats
You n*ggas trying to take my place? Neva happen…”
Blogs and fans felt like Pusha and Malice were sending shots, even though for the most part the Clipse downplayed the beef.
However, Pusha had time to say this about Wayne during a radio stop in Indiana: “If he’s king, then I’m God.”
Lil Wayne Goes off in Complex Cover Story (2006)
Lil Wayne was extra angry when he sat down for his interview with Complex back in 2006. He sent out shots to everyone from Jay-Z to Young Buck. But he absolutely went off on the Clipse and Pharrell, saying:
“I don’t see no f*cking Clipse. This is a fucking legend you’re talking to right here. How many years them niggas been around? Who the f*ck is Pharrell? Do you really respect him? That n*gga wore BAPE and y’all thought he was weird. I wore it and y’all thought it was hot. What I gotta go in the store and say, ‘I like these colors but I can’t buy them because other rappers wore them?'”
Clipse fires back in Laced Magazine (2007):
Magazines became the outlet of choice for the rappers to strike at each other. Clipse went at Wayne’s back in a memorable interview for Laced:
Laced: How do you feel about Lil Wayne saying he is the greatest rapper alive?
Malice: If you Wobble Dee Wobble Dee, you can’t be a legend.
Pusha T: You can’t kiss other men, you can’t wobble-dee wobble-dee, and you can’t bite styles. You can’t bite everybody’s styles. You can’t try to rap like Jay-Z, dress like the Clipse, become a coke dealer after 5 albums, and now dress like Jim Jones. You can’t do all that and be a legend. You have to be a trendsetter and he ain’t setting any trends.
Laced: Just a few years ago you’re doing “What Happen
To That Boy” with Baby, now today Lil Wayne isn’t saying complimentary things about you. Where do you think this animosity is stemming from?
Pusha T: Yea, Gillie wrote Baby’s part by the way. When “He” was a legend, Gillie wrote Baby’s part. I would’ve thought he’d go to “legend” to get it
written…He should’ve went to “legend” to get it written, but he goes to Gillie Da Kid instead. (laughs)
Malice: I think he’s pretty much trying to save face, because you and I know what it is. The streets said that, it wasn’t us that said it. The streets did all
of that talking.
Pusha T: The streets said he was biting the Clipse. Clipse never said he was biting us, because it didn’t really matter to us. It really don’t matter to us, we have real issues. Like Weezy f*ckin Baby (shakes head); come on man, he’s a faggot. (laughs)
Lil Wayne covers Complex, again. (2008)
Lil Wayne just loves himself some Complex magazine. Again, the rapper uses the popular rag to air out his Clipse grievances:
“I thought the whole Mr. Me Too video was about me, to tell you the damn truth. They think I want to be like them. I’m on a million-dollar bus going around the world charging people from $50,000 to $150,000 for verses, and I got 77 songs in magazines and I got a billion more. Do the math; you think I’m trying to be like you? No sir.”
Clipse drop their We Got it 4 Cheap Vol. 3 Tape: (2008)
There’s shots all over this thing, but the most blatant of it occurs in the “Re-Up Gang Intro”:
“Sorry, but I don’t’ respect who you applauding. Lil n*gga flow, but his metaphors boring… Don’t make me turn daddy’s lil’ girl to orphan that mean I’d have to kill Baby like abortion.”
(Unfortunately, the “Re-Up Gang Intro” over B.G.’s “I Hustle” beat isn’t on YouTube. The only thing there is the weaker version found on 2008’s Clipse Presents: Re-Up Gang.)
Lil Wayne was caught rocking a Play Cloths coat during a show in New Orleans. The Clipse own that clothing line. (2009)
Beef thawing? Maybe…
Pusha T shouts out Wayne, says the beef “died down.” (2011)
In 2010, Lil Wayne spent most of the year in jail, so there weren’t any shots exchanged between the two forces. In fact, when Wayne came home, Pusha T shouted him out in his “Open Your Eyes” track off of his Fear of God EP. Pusha confirmed the beef dying down in Complex:
“Ever since Lil Wayne went in to jail, that whole little stint [between me and him] is really dead and over with. I don’t have any ill will towards Wayne, Cash Money, or any of them. There was definitely a time period when I felt a certain way [about him], but as of right now I don’t. That’s just where I once was. I don’t even like speaking on it. [On Fear of God] I actually said, ‘They had freed Weezy, congratulations.’ When I seen Wayne in Miami, I told him, ‘Congratulations on getting out of jail.’”
Pusha sends shots at Drake…maybe.
Late in 2011, the Internet started buzzing again when Pusha dropped a freestyle over Drake’s “Don’t F*ck With Me (Dreams Money Can Buy).” It seemed like Pusha was sending a lot of shots to everyone’s favorite sweater wearing rapper:
“Local n*ggas hatin’ but I can’t blame ‘em/ Cleared the road to the riches but I can’t pave ‘em/ Put Trey up on your hook, still couldn’t save ‘em/ Better chance with a snowball hittin’/Now I’m back to the future/ my career deja-vu you/ when you motherf*kers thought I would barely survive/Rappers on their sophomores/ actin’ like they boss lords/ Fame such a funny thing for sure when n*ggas start believing all those encores/ I’m just the one to send you off, bonjour.
See yourself as I pull up in that mirror tint/ skins vs blouses/ you mirror Prince/ Chappelle Show, all them Neal Brennans/ sketch comedy/ who is for real penning? The talk don’t match the leather/ the swag don’t match the sweaters, the wolves don’t walk with shepherds.”
Drake publicly came out and said he didn’t think the track was about him and if it was, Pusha should have said his name.
Pusha T sends some subliminal shots at Young Money on new track, “Exodus 23:1.” (2012)
You already heard the track by now. Listen to it above, and make your judgment if it’s a diss or not.
Lil Wayne Tweets his feelings about “Exodus 23:1:”
This was Tweeted out early this morning from Wayne’s account:
Young Chop not feeling Pusha either.
Young Chop’s not really Young Money, but we thought this was funny, so we threw it on. We’re assuming that Chop is still salty that they changed the beat on the G.O.O.D. Music “I Don’t Like” (remix).