Rap mogul Jay-Z is reminding hip-hop fans he rarely forgets and reportedly takes aim at Young Money’s Lil Wayne on a new Magna Carta Holy Grail track.
According to reports, Jigga’s new “La Familia” contains a direct shot at Weezy F. Baby.
Jay-Z is out for blood on “La Familia,” the latest lyrics to be released via the rapper’s Samsung app. On the short, two-verse track, Hov addresses Roc Nation Sports being probed by the NFL, as well as an investigation by the FBI. His most controversial bars on the new song however, are seemingly aimed at Lil’ Wayne. Back in 2011, Weezy spat a threat to kidnap Beyoncé on the track “It’s Good” on his Tha Carter IV album. Defending Birdman against Jay-Z’s “Baby money” line on Watch The Throne‘s “H.A.M.,” Wayne fired back with: “Talkin’ ’bout baby money, I got your baby money/Kidnap your bitch, Get that ‘how much you love your lady?’ money.” Now, on “La Familia,” Jay-Z reveals that Lil Wayne’s threat did not go unnoticed. He jabs back with the lyrics “Wanna kidnap wifey/ Good luck with that bruh/ You must gonna hide your whole family/ What you think we wearing black for.” (VIBE)
A couple years ago, Jay said he did not take Wayne’s initial threat seriously.
Jay-Z told us he didn’t want to dwell on the topic, especially considering the education fundraiser was about a positive cause. But he didn’t have much to say about Wayne’s “It’s Good,” other than that it was to be expected in hip-hop. “That’s sport, that’s rap music,” Jay said. “Nothing is going to change but the participants. I don’t even see why that’s news.” (MTV)
In September 2011, Clipse’s Pusha T compared Weezy’s “I’m Good” to Jay’s initial “H.A.M.” diss.
“I’m a hip-hop fan, I listen to everybody, I listen to everything,” Pusha told Funkmaster Flex Wednesday (September 7) night. “I personally thought the Jay swipe, if that was a swipe because I never heard him say it was a swipe, but the Jay swipe, I thought that was like, mean. I thought it was a mean swipe. But then, the way Wayne flipped back on the new one, that was hot. That was hot as well. That was good. That was good. But see, you know me, I get caught up in a level of realness and that — when you can say, ‘Who really would do what and what really makes a little bit more sense in reality?’ I get caught up in that. You know, when you get caught up in that, you know, it’s reality. The Jay one sounded a little bit more realer, I think Wayne was clever with his, but Jay’s was a little bit, I felt like that was coming from the heart, like he really, really feels like that. ‘If’ it’s a swipe.” (Hot 97)
A couple weeks prior, Cash Money’s Bow Wow said he fully supported Wayne and Jay having a friendly hip-hop battle.
“From the fans’ perspective, I look at it as this is something they want,” Bow explained. “Why not? Battle rapping has been going on in hip-hop since it was created. This is something that’s been in our sport for years…[Boxing champion] Floyd Mayweather is the best but they say he ain’t the best until he fights [Manny] Pacquiao. Sometimes you might have to man up and go for the gold. We see the Patriots going at the Giants. We seen two good teams always go at each other, so how come two great rappers [can’t] go at each other? You have two giants going at each other. To me it’s all competitive, it’s a form of art, it’s rap, it’s something we seen before. But, if you’re gonna do it, then, do it.” (XXL Mag)
Music marketing pioneer Steve Stoute previously explained why Jay did not take Wayne’s shots seriously.
“For Jay-Z to do anything that resembles moving backwards right now would be insane,” Stoute explained in an interview. “And a Jay-Z beef is moving backwards. Jay is so much bigger than rap at this point. He’s a movement. And that’s where his head is at. That’s where his focus is. And no one is on his level, even worthy of him battling with. No one. So you probably won’t see that happen.” (You Heard That New)