Weezy’s episode came out on Tidal Thursday (Jan. 30) where N.O.R.E. dropped a reveal about none other than Jay-Z that blew the Young Money leader’s mind. N.O.R.E. revealed that Jay sent him some texts him after he heard Tunechi’s freestyle, “Dough Is What I Got.”
If you’ll recall, there was earlier tension between Hov and Weezy tracing back to the early 2000s. Weezy popped things off after declaring himself the best rapper alive on his track, “Who am I? The Best Rapper Alive.” Many perceived this is a veiled shot at Hov, who had retired in 2003. Three years later, Jay made a comeback with his 2006 album, Kingdom Come, where he met Wayne’s challenge head-on with the lead single, “Show Me What You Got.”
Tunechi answered back with a freestyle, “Dough Is What I Got” over the aforementioned single’s beat where Weezy infamously likened himself as the heir apparent to the rap throne, declaring “I must be Lebron James if he's Jordan / No, I won rings with my performance / I'm more Kobe Bryant of an artist.”
Eventually, the two Carters would go on to mend their relationship. But, the exchange between the two rap juggernauts is often held up by hip-hop heads as one of the most revered, top-tier showmanship moments in rap history. Per Genius, N.O.R.E. revealed that the lyrics had such an impact on Jay that the New York rap icon questioned his place in rap. It was news to Wayne, who’d never heard that side of the story pertaining to their historic beef.
“He didn’t say that part,” Wayne told N.O.R.E, according to Genius. “He just let me know, ‘Boy, you’re coming for me.’”
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