While Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne may have taken shots at Jay-Z on his new Carter IV track, “I’m Good”, music marketing pioneer Steve Stoute believes Young Hov is disinterested in entertaining the taunts.
In Stoute’s eyes, Jay has much bigger things going on in his life than diss records.
“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)
Last week, West Coast rapper Game said Jay’s high industry profile would not allow him to engage in active beefs.
“I don’t think Jay wants that. Jay is too reserved and too iconic in his career to battle me. I’m reckless and I’m psycho on the mic, so I can say anything. There are only certain things he can really say, you know what I’m saying?” (Baller Status)
A few days ago, Weezy came clean about his subliminal Hov shots.
“I know there won’t be any repercussions behind what I did,” says a confident Wayne when asked if he had second thoughts about recording his acidic verse for ‘It ‘s Good.’ “I know for a fact music is about perception. You can’t do anything but perceive what you hear. I know that for a fact. So I can’t ever be upset about someone’s reaction.” Wayne added that while he understands the intrigue and buzz behind the record, it’s just another song. “I’m not going to say I don’t know what would happen before I even say [something on record],” he explains. “I do know what will happen. I’m aware of it. But it is what it is.” (VIBE)
On “I’m Good” Wayne is heard responding to Jay’s “H.A.M.” record, where Hov drops the now-infamous double entendre, “Baby Money”.
“Talkin’ ’bout baby money, I gotcha baby money,” Wayne raps. “Kidnap your b*tch get that how much you love your lady money / I know you fake, n*gga / Press your brakes, n*gga / I’ll take you out, that’s a date, n*gga / I’m a grown a** blood, stop playing with me / Play a**hole, and get an a** whippin’ / I think you pussycat, hello kitty.” (“It’s Good”)
From 1990 to 1999, Stoute was a top executive at several leading labels in the music industry. At Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Stoute served as President of the Urban Music division and executive vice president, producing best-selling albums from U2, Eve and Limp Bizkit, as well as Eminem’s debut album, “The Slim Shady LP.”
Check out Lil Wayne’s “I’m Good” below: