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JAY-Z’s money phone line on his single “The Story of O.J” unexpectedly split the hip hop community in half. But even though Hov seemingly cleared up the confusion surrounding the lyric on the Rap Radar podcast, some artists still weren’t willing to back off the topic. Future, who'd previously voiced his opposition for Jay’s bar on social media, appeared to respond to the Brooklyn native’s Rap Radar comments shortly after the interview aired with a series of subliminal messages on Twitter.
Just as a quick refresher, Jigga’s original lyric suggested that taking pictures with a stack of money up to your ear was corny. “Ya’ll on the Gram holdin’ money to your ear / There’s a disconnect, we don’t call that money over here,” he raps. While Jay stood by his remarks during his RR interview, he did explain his surprise that it created so much controversy in the industry. “I didn’t even tell people to stop using the money phone,” Hov said. “I didn’t say that. I had to listen again like, ‘How is this being misinterpreted?’ Because I just said it ain’t money to us. It ain’t. That’s just an honest statement.”
He continued to elaborate on the line, stating: “Money to us, me and my three friends on the floor at Golden State, not because the seats are expensive but because that’s what we’re doing; you’ve never seen that, or building brands and pushing it forward. That can’t be the end all, that can’t be our goal, to get money and show it on the Internet. That can’t be our goal, that’s some corny shit.”
After the interview, Future coincidentally hopped on his social media account, tweeting a number of comments that many fans believe was directly in response to Jay. “Same money u get we gettin’ too,” he said in one tweet. “As long as they print it we gone get it.”
Jay-Z breaks silence on his "Money Phone" bar... and other topics. pic.twitter.com/oB9cPg3gIG— 🎲🇬🇭 (@SHOTTYISMS) August 19, 2017
Future is definitely not the only rapper that took Jay-Z’s lyric personal. Drake, Boosie BadAzz, and The Game have all posted videos showing off their money phones following the single’s release. Nevertheless, the Hndrxx artist seems to be exceptionally triggered by it. Following the song’s release, many fans suspected that Jigga was dissing Future in the “Story of O.J,” which is the real reason Future is going so hard. “In the Future, other niggas playin’ football with your son,” Jay raps. It hasn’t been confirmed, but the line is suspected to be a reference to Future’s son, Baby Future, playing with his stepdad and Seattle Seahawks quarterback, Russell Wilson.
Future hasn’t addressed his recent comments or acknowledged that there is any beef between him and Jay. But if we check the receipts, it definitely looks like he’s feeling some type of way. Check out Future’s tweets here.