This week, I went and got perspective on one of the more interesting topics in the hip-hop industry as of this date (March 30, 2014) from players of the Milwaukee Bucks. Reporters usually don’t give readers that much insight on things like music outside the game of basketball very often, so that’s why I decided to do this (and will now continue to do so).
For this post, I asked three Milwaukee Bucks players whether or not they think hip-hop artist Drake should respond to Jay-Z after Hov took shots at the Canadian rapper in a track titled, “We Made It”. The Brooklyn-born rapper labeled him as “Mrs. Drizzy” in the song.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, this is what Drake had to say about Jay-Z that originally sparked the fiery response:
“It’s like Hov can’t drop bars these days without at least four art references,” Drake said. “I would love to collect [art] at some point, but I think the whole rap/art world thing is getting kind of corny.”
And boom goes the dynamite:
“Sorry Mrs. Drizzy for so much art talk. Silly me, rappin’ ’bout s**t that I really bought — while these rappers rap about guns that they ain’t shot — and a bunch of other silly s**t that they ain’t got.”
Drake is arguably the best hip-hop artist in the game right now and has the work to show for it. But will Drake actually take time out of his day to respond? Or will he leave Jay-Z sitting in his waiting room alongside Kendrick Lamar. That’s what we’ll find out soon.
“Why not? He’s obviously the best to ever do it, why not challenge him.” Ekpe Udoh told me pregame before the Bucks took on the defending champion Miami Heat on Saturday. “I don’t think he has to go at Jay-Z in a diss, but just show that ‘I am going to challenge you’.
If he [Drake] is going to go at the throne, he has to drop straight bars. What can you say about Jay-Z? Jay can say whatever he wants, he’s at the top.”
“I’m thinking he should not respond to Jay-Z.” Giannis Antetokounmpo said. In my brief conversation with him before the game, Giannis mentioned how he actually saw Drake during NBA All-Star weekend when it took place in New Orleans during the month of February. Antetokounmpo participated in the Rising Stars and Skills Challenge that weekend.
Now maybe the funniest response I received on this topic from the Bucks locker room came from O.J. Mayo. “Man, the last time there was beef that I heard it was Tupac and Biggie and they both died.”
O.J. let me know that he hasn’t been able to really keep up with much lately, even though I sorta assumed that after what he said.