After Jay-Z’s 4:44 album release, there are still fans taking time out to digest the album’s many messages, guidelines and adages from one of hip-hop’s most seasoned and expertized emcees.
Then, you have those fans who have taken some of Jay’s most controversial lyrics, such as that from “The Story of O.J.” and ran with it—straight into Baton Rouge rap star Boosie Badazz’s Instagram DMs. But he’s here to tell you that despite him being a Hov fan himself, no rap, rhyme or lyric from any fellow hip-hop artist will switch up his groove.
Taking to Instagram Live on Sunday (June 2), Boosie sent a message to all Jay’s fans who nudged him about the, “Y'all on the 'Gram holdin' money to your ear” lyric from the album’s second track. The song is a sermon of sorts, highlighting Black America’s roots that extend way back to slavery as Jay lyrically lectures his rap counterparts on the true essence of being wealthy and Black in America. Despite the track’s premise being aimed less at shade-throwing and more at enlightenment, Boosie suggests that fans who have made their way into his DMs should take their own lesson in self-autonomy and geography.
“You should stop—uh—because Jay-Z said don’t put racks to your ear,” he said on the Instagram Live session as comments piled up on the conversation. “Okay if Jay-Z say ‘suck a d**k,’ is you gonna suck a d**k?’
Reading more of the comments, he continued explaining his respect for Jay, but informed that there’s a different lifestyle for rappers of the South.
“I’m just saying—this is all I’m saying: I got love for Jigga," he continued. "But ya’ll telling me I shouldn’t put stacks in my ear if Jay-Z said it. Louisiana n***as don’t rock like that.”
After he leaves the camera for a moment, he returns and makes it clear that by no means is he disrespecting Jay or his message.
“It’s not gonna be on YouTube, Boosie did not diss Jay-Z,” he said. “All I said was, which I will say again and again: I f**k with Jay-Z hustle. But everybody in my DMs saying I’m known for putting stacks to my ear. And I shouldn’t put stacks to my ear no more because Jay-Z said don’t put stacks to my ear. No way am I saying f**k Jay-Z, all I’m saying is I do what the f**k I want to do. I put whatever I want to my ear. All I’m saying is we’re different animals.”
Later iterating that “Jay-Z don’t run the South!” and he will “still hold money to [his] ear,” the South Baton Rouge born-and-raised rap artist isn’t very familiar with the lifestyles up North, such as Jay’s New York stomping grounds. In the South, he said, there’s a different means of representing financial success and some of the Southern youth aren’t even familiar with Jay’s music, let alone that message.
“His word is not law down here,” he said. “My fans ain’t going for that sh**.”
See his full sentiments in the Instagram Live session below.
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