On October 31, MC Hammer delivered a dis clip aimed at Jay-Z entitled “Better Run Run.” The 90s MC’s sudden return to hip-hop came after Jay-Z referenced the California showman during his feature on Kanye West’s “So Appalled.” Though the war of words began weeks ago, the battle’s been mostly Hammer, however today (November 3) Jay-Z spoke about the incident with BBC 1Xtra’s DJ Semtex in London.
Semtex began the conversation by offering that MC Hammer must’ve misunderstood Jay’s G.O.O.D. Friday line, where he rhymes “Hammer went broke, so you know I’m more focused … I lost 30 mil, so I spent another 30/ Cos unlike Hammer, 30 million can’t hurt me.”
“Yeah, I didn’t know that wasn’t on the table for discussion,” said Jay-Z of his MC Hammer mention. “I didn’t know I was the first person to ever say that … am I?”
Hov went on to joke that he couldnt’ve been the sole person to reference MC Hammer’s bankruptcy through a metaphor.
“I know I heard that before, but I didn’t think I was the first one to say it,” said Jay-Z with a laugh. “When I say things, I think that people believe me so much that they take it a different way. It’s not like rap at that point, now it’s like a personal attack. I didn’t mean it.”
The Roc Nation head admitted that in spite of Hammer’s fiery words, he’d actually written kind things about the rap veteran in his upcoming book “Decoded,” where Jay-Z breaks down the lyrics of select songs.
“I said some great things about him in the book that I have coming out, that wasn’t like a cheap plug,” said Jay. “But I really said some nice [things], he’s going to be, like, embarrassed. I said some really great things about him in the book, [about] people’s perception of him and how’s he’s from East Oakland. I said really great things about him, but you know, whatever.”
Ultimately, the MC said he was blindsided by the disagreement.
“It is what it is, he took it the wrong way,” clarified Jay. “I didn’t know it wasn’t on the table for discussion, and I didn’t know I said anything wrong. I don’t know if I said a lie.”
The entire Jay-Z interview with DJ Semtex will air on BBC 1Xtra November 5 at 10pm in the UK.
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