Miami’s DJ Khaled has come out in defense of friend and collaborator Lil Wayne saying the New Orleans rapper’s ongoing beef with the city is just a “misunderstanding.” In February, Weezy caught the ire of Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell, Trick Daddy and Pitbull after publicly dissing the Miami Heat and its players at NBA All-Star Weekend in Houston.
Wayne later apologized to the city, but Khaled doesn’t feel Wayne was truly at fault in the situation. “I've learned in this game there's a lot of misunderstandings, miscommunication,” said Khaled to MTV’s RapFix Live. Khaled, who is signed to Cash Money Records alongside Wayne, has collaborated with Weezy on hits including “I’m on One” and “We Takin’ Over.”
Other major figures in Miami’s hip hop scene did not share Khaled’s perspective.
Uncle Luke penned an editorial in the Miami New Times challenging the city to stand up to the star. “Lil Wayne treats Miami like his b**** because people let him,” wrote Campbell. Luke called out local radio stations and artists, including Khaled and Rick Ross, suggesting they stop showing Weezy love until he learns some respect.
Pitbull released the diss track “Harlem Shake Remix (Welcome 2 Dade County,)” warning Wayne not to “s***” where he eats.” Trick Daddy took to radio airwaves to voice his displeasure with Wayne’s behavior. Wayne’s call-in apology to Miami’s 99 Jamz satisfied Khaled in wake of the incident. "I felt like Wayne went on the radio and showed love to the city and bigged up the city and its love.”
N.O.R.E. (aka P.A.P.I.), a New York native who migrated to Miami, like Wayne, agrees with Khaled and feels the comments were taken out of context. “It was sports, and that's it,” he said. "When (Wayne’s comments) got back to Miami, it turned into, he just said 'eff Miami.' It had nothin' to do with the sports teams no more.”
N.O.R.E. joked that Wayne should consider keeping his fan-hood to himself in the future to avoid issues. "When you're passionate about your sports, you can't really let it be known because if you know how much I really like the Jets, you might not be my friend anymore.”
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