By Rob Markman
The spirit of competition has once again taken hold of Lil Wayne. Last night while at a YMCMB pre-Grammy party in Los Angeles, Weezy threw a lyrical dart at Jay-Z and Kanye West. What makes things even more interesting is that the Throne and Weezy will face off during Sunday night’s (February 12) awards show in the Best Rap Album category.
After receiving some new sales plaques for his wall, announcing that he had signed R&B singer Christina Milian and paying homage to the late Whitney Houston, Wayne dropped an a cappella freestyle directed at Jay-Z and Kanye West. “I met a bad red bone, I took the bi— home/ I asked her what she want to watch, she said, ‘Surely not the Throne,’ ” Weezy spit before he dropped the mic and moseyed offstage, according to Rap Radar.
Things began to sour after a 2009 interview in which Cash Money CEO Bryan “Birdman” Williams objected to Jay-Z taking the crown for MTV News’ “Hottest MCs in the Game” list for that year. “I don’t think he the #1 MC, in no kinda way,” Baby said, casting the first stone. “Wayne is the best, he do the most and he make the most money. I don’t think no n—a in the business make more money than us.”
Jay returned fire at the top of 2011. On the Throne’s “H.A.M.,” Jigga made it clear that not only was Birdman, a.k.a. Baby, and Wayne not holding any Hov-caliber bucks, but that financially they couldn’t even compare to his wife, Beyoncé. “I’m like, ‘Really, half-a-billi?’ N—a, really, you got Baby money/ Keep it real with n—as, n—as ain’t got my lady money,” Jay rhymed.
Not to be outdone, Weezy waited a few months, but responded in August of last year on “It’s Good,” a track from his Tha Carter IV LP, which also featured Jadakiss and Drake. “Talkin’ ’bout Baby money? I got your Baby money/ Kidnap yo’ bitch, get that how-much-you-love-your-lady money,” Wayne rapped in direct response to Jay’s “H.A.M.” line.
Hova didn’t seem too bothered by the line. In an October interview with MTV News, Jay brushed off Weezy’s shot on “It’s Good.” “That’s sport, that’s rap music,” Jay said. “Nothing is going to change but the participants.”
On Christmas Day, Tunechi and Jay’s Throne partner, Kanye West, were spotted together at an L.A. Lakers basketball game, so the rap tit-for-tat can’t be too serious. However, it will be interesting to see if either Jay or Yeezy respond to Wayne’s latest jab. Whatever the case, if either the Throne or Weezy win the Best Rap Album award at the Grammys, you can bet the hip-hop world will be paying extra special attention to the acceptance speech.
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MTV News’ Sway and James Montgomery will be live from the Grammys red carpet tonight starting at 5 p.m. ET to get reactions from music’s biggest stars on the death of Whitney Houston. Watch reactions and remembrances at MTV.com.