News: Funkmaster Flex Reveals Past Lil Wayne Friction, "I Always Treated Him Like The Little Guy" [Video]
Sunday, Feb 13, 2011 11:58AM
Embattled New York radio hip-hop jockey Funkmaster Flex recently shed his thoughts on Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne and discussed a previous dispute between the two.
According to Funk Flex, it took a while before he was willing to recognize Wayne as a serious rapper.
"I remember Wayne when he was a kid, through [Cash Money Records co-founders] Baby and Slim," Flex said in an interview. "I enjoyed talking to him. I do think there was a point where me and him may have lost our way. I think because I was always friends with Baby and Slim so I always kind of treated him like the little guy...What I do like about him, yes it's how talented he is, I think though, as he started becoming so big, there was something I started feeling a little sorry for him [about]. And not him per se, I think me as a music fan and people as music fans put too much pressure on him to make us feel good and give us that music. But, nobody said that this guy has to carry hip-hop on his back. We're making him. But I like him." (Future iMag)
Earlier this month, Hollywood actress Jennifer Lopez called Weezy one of the best rappers out right now.
"I was working out yesterday and I was listening to Lil Wayneand I was just like, 'Wow. He really says some sh*t," Lopez explained. "But I was just listening to what he was saying and I really enjoyed it. He might be one of the best out there right now. He might be the best. He's really good...I love [Nicki Minaj]. I haven't heard the whole [Pink Friday] album, but I've heard her stuff that's been on the radio and stuff like that. I really enjoy it." (Hot 97)
West Coast producer Dr. Dre said he respected the Young Money roster last November.
"It's aight," Dre said about the state of hip-hop. "There are a lot of artists that I like, I love Wayne, I love Drake, I love the new artist J. Cole. There's some new brothers coming out on my record, Slim the Mobster, he's out of South Central. I think it could be better and hopefully I can do my part to assist in that." (Rap-Up)
Rapper David Banner recently compared Wayne's focus to five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant.
"Wayne is like Kobe Bryant right now," Banner said in an interview. "You know, as Kobe gets older all he cares about is championships. Wayne is in that zone. He's highly focused and very sharp right now." (XXL Mag)
Check out Funkmaster Flex's interview below: