In one of rap’s highly suspected (but most unlikely) beefs of 2017, hip-hop fans assumed there was tacit tension between Jay-Z and Future following a lyric from Hov’s 4:44 album that hit close to home for the Atlanta trapateer and his current baby mama situation with Ciara.
The “Kill Jay Z” bar shot a direct reference to the FutureHive-explosive photo of Fewtch’s son, Future Zahir, enjoying some stepdaddy-and-me time on the football field with Russell Wilson: Seattle Seahawks champion quarterback and husband of now-two years to the R&B songstress (whom Future was formerly engaged to). After the smoke cleared from fans’ uproar over the lyric, Hov clarified that, despite popular opinion, the bars were no shade toward him—just simple rap nuance. Fewtch apparently didn’t get that memo though, and in a new interview with Atlanta’s Hot 107.9, he says he even came man-to-man at the New York hip-hop mogul about the lyric — a claim that the internet isn’t quite buying.
“I don’t have any problems with him,” Hov said. “I don’t have a reason to try to embarrass him. It’s a rap thing.” The lyric still didn’t quite sit right with Fewtch though, who said he asked Hov about it anyway. According to his recollection, Jay said that he “didn’t really mean to say that” and insisted he “didn’t mean it like that” either.
“I was just like, you supposed to be biggin’ up the rap community,” Future continued. “You need to let the NFL deal with the NFL. You supposed to be biggin’ up me, if anything. We come from the trenches — I come from the streets, you come from the streets.”
He also felt that Jay shouldn’t have given it any "negative attention," especially not for a “hot line that’s gonna always be out.” Future claims it’s no sweat off his back anyway, however. “It is what it is,” he said. “I ain’t even trippin' off him. I’m trying to get to where I’m going and ain’t nobody gonna stop me.” That goes for the memes and social media uproar about the lyric too, he pointed out.
And until then, they’re calling BS on the confrontation:
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