Where's the beef? That's what the blogosphere, the Twitterverse and other hip hop rumor mills are asking themselves after Lil Wayne dropped "My Homies Still," featuring Big Sean, earlier today. Just last week ears were buzzing about a possible conflict between Lil Wayne’s Young Money crew and Big Sean’s G.O.O.D. Music fam. But in rap’s new world, rappers are more likely to look for green before they see red.
It all started last week when Pusha T dropped his new single, “Exodus 23:1,” which contained some bars that many thought were aimed at Lil Wayne and Drake: "Contract all f---ed / Explain up, I guess that means you all f---ed up / You signed to one ni--- that signed to another ni--- that's signed to three ni--- / Now that's bad luck."
Lil Wayne, for one, didn’t doubt who the line was intended for. “F--k Pusha-T and everybody that love him,” he tweeted soon after, and then dropped an angry diss track, “Ghoulish,” that started with very same line.
G.O.O.D. Music signee Kid Cudi appeared to take sides as well, tweeting, "I love my n---a Pusha T, f--- anybody who feel different. We aint ho's out here."
Many thought that the barb-trading would lead to a battle royale between G.O.O.D. Music and Young Money, two of rap’s biggest, baddest crews. But with Lil Wayne and Big Sean linking up for “My Homies Still,” the two crews appear to be shooting blanks, if anything. The song, which is produced by Streetrunner & Saro, is the first single off Weezy’s upcoming I Am Not a Human Being 2.
Asked about the drama by Philly hip hop station Wired 96.5, Sean said he was still very cool with Weezy.
“I think beef is weak. Crack is wack. I don’t encourage that,” he said. “Yeah, I’m cool with Pusha T, I’m cool with everybody. The thing is, people gotta understand that we got no point in beefing. We got families to take care of, we got moms to take care of. I ain’t about to be over here arguing with nobody. We all on the same team. We all young men, Black men, Black, white, it doesn’t matter, but just entrepreneurs trying to get it.”
Speaking on “My Homies Still,” Young Money president Mack Maine recently told MTV that Weezy only had issues with Pusha, not the rest of G.O.O.D. Music — and especially not Big Sean. "It's not like that. I don't see it like that. That's not what we in the game for," Mack said. "If it ever came to that, God forbid, that's a whole different story, but right now we're just tryin' to get paper, we're just tryin' to get money, man, and make good music. And that was a great song that was made before that situation happened, and I'm not 'bout to go into the studio and tell Wayne to take [Big Sean] off. Wayne not tryna take him off — he's good peeps, he's fam."
So for rap enthusiasts gearing up for a world war, sorry — this looks more like a one-on-one battle.
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