Rap mogul Jay-Z has denied trying to spark a beef with MC Hammer despite referencing his financial woes in his “So Appalled” verse last month.
According to Jay, Hammer misinterpreted the lyrics and said there was no intentional disrespect directed at him.
“I didn’t know that wasn’t on the table for discussion,” Jay laughingly told DJ Semtex. “I didn’t know I was the first person to ever say that? Am I? [laughs] I’m not, am I? I know I’ve heard that before, I didn’t think I was the first one to say it. I guess, you know when I say things, I think people believe me so much that they take it a different way. It’s not rap anymore at that point. I didn’t mean it. I said some great things about him in the [Decoded] book that I have coming out — he’s gonna be like, embarrassed. I said some really great things about him in the book and about people’s perception of him and how he’s from East Oakland. It is what it is. He took it the wrong way. I didn’t know I said anything wrong. I don’t know if I said a lie.” (DJ Semtex)
On the Kanye West “So Appalled” collaboration, Jay comments on Hammer’s fall from fame and publicized bankruptcy despite being a platinum-selling artist in the early 1990’s.
“And Hammer went broke so you know I’m more focused/ I lost 30 mil so I spent another 30/Cause unlike Hammer 30 million can’t hurt me.” (“So Appalled”)
In response, Hammer released a diss music video called “Better Run Run” at Hov.
The track includes several lyrical references to the rapper, as well as an apparent lookalike. In one verse, MC Hammer raps: “Yo Jay I gotta reason to doubt, if I knock on your door would you come on out? “If I knock on your door that mean I’m knockin’ you out, if I knock on your door boy I’ll bust you in ya mouth.” (Gigwise)
Despite Hammer going at Jay, he offers him a religious rescue at the video’s end.
The video features a masked figure chasing a Jay-Z look-a-like being chased through the words by a devil. On the track, Hammer continues to insinuate that “Jay Hova” worships the devil and needs to find God. He even takes small shot at Beyonce Knowles. “The Devil said ‘I’ll give you the world’ ‘I’ll take it plus give me a girl. Mister devil can you give a sign he said throw the rock up, that’s one of mine'” During the 5-minute video, Hammer berates Jay-Z and threatens to “knock him out.” At the end of the video, Hammer, who is an ordained minister, catches the Jay-Z look-a-like and baptizes him. (All Hip Hop)
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Check out MC Hammer’s “Better Run Run” video below: