Lil Wayne and Jay-Z have expressed admiration for each other in the past, but there was a moment when the two were trading subliminals. While speaking with Bootleg Kev, Jae Millz detailed how the lyrical rivalry began and the role he played.
According to Jae Millz, Lil Wayne didn’t like what he heard during Jay-Z’s verse on “H.A.M.”
“N***** fantasize about the s*** that I do daily/Like these rappers rap about all the s*** that I do really/I’m like, ‘Really; half a billi,’ n****, really?’ You got baby money/Keep it real with n*****, n***** ain’t got my lady’s money,” Jay-Z rapped on the Watch The Throne track.
“I remember Wayne walked out the room, just went to go get a cup of water and s***,” Millz said. “I remember two days later he did a song—what was it, Drake, Jadakiss, and Wayne?”
Millz recalled that the track in question was Tha Carter IV‘s “It’s Good,” where Wayne raps, “Talkin’ ’bout baby money? I got your baby money/Kidnap your b****, get that ‘How-much-you-love-your-lady’ money/I know you fake n****, press your brakes n****/I’ll take you out, that’s a date n****.”
Jae Millz said that because Wayne wasn’t sure if Hov was dissing him, he asked if he was overreacting. While others in the Young Money crew advised against going at Jay-Z, Jae Millz encouraged Wayne to respond.
“Man, f*** that s***! Say that s***!” he said he told Wayne. “Everybody got mad at me. I was like, ‘Yo, do you feel like he was talkin’ ’bout you?…Cause if you didn’t feel that it was a shot, you wouldn’t have thought of the bar you thought of.'”
Check out the rest of the clip to hear Jae Millz explain more about the lyrical battle.