Cash Money Records’ Birdman finally decided to respond back to Jay-Z‘s “Baby Money” reference on the new “H.A.M.” single by insisting he will keep his money flowing.
The Birdman took to his Twitter page this week to specifically quote Jay’s subliminal.
We first heard the phrase “Baby Money” on Kanye West and Jay-Z’s talked about “H•A•M” single and immediately figured it was a shot at Lil Wayne and Birdman from the oh-so-sneaky Jigga. Well, it looks like Stunna has finally acknowledged Jay’s tap at the Cash Money Billionaires. “we gonna keep spending ‘baby money’ …billionaire minds stay tuned.” After betting $1 million on the Green Bay Packers in this past Sunday’s Super Bowl, YMCMB’s own won the seven-figure bet as the Packers took home the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Great! Baby’s a million dollars richer! Maybe Forbes can tell us what that puts his net worth at now. Oh wait.. (Complex)
Reports last month suggested Jay was taking a subliminal shot at Birdman on “H.A.M.”
“Really, you got baby money.” The line is a double entendre meant both as a general reference to the small amount of money that other rappers have in comparison to Jay-Z, and as a specific reference to the wealth of rapper Dwayne “Lil Wayne” Carter, also known as “Weezy Baby,” and fellow New Orleans rapper and record executive Brian “Birdman” Williams, also known as “Baby.” The latter recently claimed the former had more money than Jay-Z, which is, well, simply not true. Jay-Z earned $63 million dollars last year, tops on our list of hip-hop’s top earners, while Lil Wayne banked $20 million. Birdman did not make the list. Perhaps the best line on Jay-Z’s new track is a verifiable and, one might say progressive, boast: “(You) ain’t got my lady’s money!” Indeed, Beyonce took in a whopping $87 million by our last annual count, more than any rapper — and more than Jay-Z and Lil Wayne combined. (Forbes)
In October 2009, Birdman a.k.a. Baby explained why he felt Wayne outshined Jay and made more money than him.
“Well I feel like, as far as number one to me, that don’t really matter, it’s about who makes the most money and do the most,” Baby explained in an interview. “I think my son do the most, rap the most, he do the most shows, we do the most so if we do the most, how could you be number one if you ain’t making the most? No, no, [beef]. Nothing personal, they just asked me my opinon and that was my opinion. I think we do the most and make the most, so if you don’t like it, that’s on you. I can’t see past Wayne, so I can’t see Jay-Z.” (“106 & Park”)
In January 2010, Jay addressed the comments and challenged Baby to put his money where his mouth is.
“Being lyrical is just a matter of opinion, it’s who you like, so you know that’s his opinion,” Hov said about Birdman’s comments. “As far as money, you know, that’s a little more factual. We can determine that. It’s gonna cost [to see my bank account]. Put it up, if he’s that confident, I’ll give him a little glimpse. It’s crazy. Knock it off, but as far as being lyrical, that’s for the viewers, that’s everybody. I respect that, that’s his guy, so he’s supposed to roll with his guy. I don’t have no problems with that. I don’t have problems with anybody, I want this to be my most positive year. I don’t want no problems.” (Hot 97)
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