With greatness comes haters
If you were paying attention, you noticed that in the midst of Pusha T and Lil Wayne’s issues, Jay Z was mentioned. Here’s why.
Since 2007, MTV has released a “Hottest MCs In The Game” list. The list is a reflection of influential artists within a specific year (not of all time). In 2007, the year of the very first edition of the list, Lil Wayne was number one. In 2008, he was number three, behind Kayne and Jay Z, and in 2009, Wayne was number two, second only to Jay Z.
Birdman stayed quiet in 2008, but in 2009, he was fed up with Lil Wayne coming in second. In an interview that year, Birdman was quoted, saying, “I don’t think [Jay-Z] is the number one emcee in no kind of way. Wayne’s the best. He do the most and he make the most money. I don’t think no ni–a in the business make more money than us. How can you be the best if you don’t make the most money? And you don’t do the most? Lyrically, come on man, be for real, can’t nobody f–k with Wayne… If you number one and you ain’t getting no money it don’t mean nothing.”
Jay Z, of course, had to respond. In Jay Z and Kayne’s “H.A.M.,” he rapped, “I’m like ‘really’? Half-a-billy nigga? Really? You got Baby money; Keep it real with ni–as, ni–as ain’t got my lady money.”
Despite the fact Lil Wayne has Jigga’s “Lucky Me” tattooed on his neck and leg, he came to his “father’s” defense, thus dragging himself into a beef with Jay Z. This is how fans got the line “Talkin’ ’bout Baby money? I got your baby money; Kidnap your b—h, get that ‘how much you love your lady’ money” from Wayne’s “It’s Good.”
Needless to say, Wayne never came close to Bey. By 2014, everything was water under the bridge (probably because Lil Wayne was never truly mad at Jay Z anyway); Wayne even called Jay Z “The God.”
Speaking of that damn MTV list…
In 2007, during a convo with Funkmaster Flex, 50 was asked why he thought Wayne was getting to do so many features on songs. In response, the always-real 50 Cent said, “A whore sleeps with whoever will pay ’em. So we gotta call him a whore if he’ll just go with whoever pay him to be on their records. He makes those records good. It’s just that he works with anybody. You gotta kinda make it an event.”
A little while after that, 50 released “Part Time Lover,” rapping, “You make me wanna kiss you like Baby kiss Wayne; And make you call me daddy like Baby do Wayne; Damn that shit sounds gay, it’s insane; I guess that’s the price the lil’ ni–a pays for fame.”
Wayne didn’t respond to 50, not in the slightest. Then, because the universe has a sense of humor, the 2007 MTV “Hottest MCs In The Game” list came out. In an interview with MTV, 50 said, “You got other artists that are there that haven’t even made their own records… the #1 artist, tell me his first single off of his last album?” The interviewer didn’t know, which prompted 50 Cent to ask, “How you ‘#1’ and no one knows the record?”
When Lil Wayne did respond, he did so with the utmost respect. “That sh-t’s crazy man. I ain’t fu–in’ with 50; he too high up there… I can’t even deal wit none of that. That’s my ni–a though. I respect that my name even came out the homie’s mouth. No homo. I respect him. I just took it as a compliment. I’d never go back at 50; that ni–a’s a trillionaire. I’m tryin to get there homie. I’m smart, I ain’t dumb,” he said.
However… in 2008, “Louisianimal” leaked and changed everything. Lil Wayne rapped, “All about a dollar, f–k two quarters; Bi–h I’ll pour syrup in that Vitamin Water; I hope you die ugly and tonight will be gorgeous.”
50 Cent had been waiting on Lil Wayne to really step out of line. 50 came back with two songs, “Play This On The Radio” and “Officer Ricky (Go Head, Try Me).”
“And I’m on your heels Mr. Carter, I heard you; You want me to die ugly? Okay, don’t end up on the list nigga; Be a missing person like Cam’ron, Ja, Joe; Who want some? Who want it? What up?”
“Where you at Wayne? The full course meal Wayne; You awfully quiet, you call Em out? Well now I’m out, I got my vultures out, you got get pass me to get Em; I’m the baby over here, I’m the smallest nigga in my clique.”
As entertaining as it was, this beef had fizzled to nothing by 2013.
Back in the day, Lil Wayne was signed to Cash Money Records (of course) while Mystikal was signed to Big Boy Records. Because both labels called the city of New Orleans home, a rivalry formed between the two. This rivalry was taken a few steps further with the release of “F–k Big Boy,” a diss track dedicated to Big Boy Records. Twelve-year-old Lil Wayne, Gangsta D at the time, was on the track doing what he does best.
This was a calmer “beef.” It wasn’t taken too much further than this. In 2010, Lil Wayne and Mystikal even collabed together.