Last month, Waka joked with DJ Whoo Kid on RadioPlanet about people saying he’s not lyrical.
“I don’t trip when niggas be like, ‘Man, shawty can’t rap.’ The nigga that everybody say is lyrical, they ain’t got no shows… I don’t even care about selling records. As long as I get them shows for $15,000, four to five days out the week, I’m happy.”
A couple of days later, a serious Method Man responded to the Atlanta rapper’s statement.
“It’s all good. He has the right to his own muthafuckin’ opinion. Let him feel that way, but the people that are in the know, that know what time it is know that if you ain’t saying shit out your mouth then your time is very slim in this muthafuckin’ game.”
After hearing Method Man’s sentiments, Waka compared the Wu-Tang rapper’s comments to being dissed by a family member.
“I just feel like, for him, he really disrespecting his own kid. I really like listen to you, I seen you start buddy, I was like a little kid…but that’s cool, bruh. I just feel like you disrespected your own kind,” he told AllHipHop.com. “I just don’t understand why people get mad. How the hell you get mad over music buddy?”
“Like, give a person a chance to be part of history,” he added. “I mean, you made history buddy, just be a godfather that you is. Don’t ever stoop down to my level and disrespect me, bruh… That man is like a legend.”
After that was settled, the issue of “lyrical rappers” was brought up again by The Source with Chicago rapper Rhymefest who seems to share Method Man’s disgust.
“When I heard [Waka Flocka Flame] say that, he said it on Shade 45. Which is a radio station owned by the most lyrical dude ever,” Rhymefest said with a frown. “Now, if Waka Flocka has more money than Eminem I need to know this so I can change up my strategy… I mean, I remember Jeezy used to say stuff like that. But now, if you listen to Jeezy raps, as his career has developed and he’s hung around a Kanye, he’s hung around a Jay-Z, he’s hung around a Lil Wayne, and he’s seen, ‘Man, I can’t be more than a ‘dope dealer’ rapper. ‘I can’t be a worldly universal artist if I don’t improve on my craft’… It’s ignorance. I mean, the music is ignorance. So you would expect someone who lives in an ignorant world to see the value of intelligence.” —Linda Hobbs