Cross-Court Violations: An Annotated History Of Athlete-Rapper Beefs
Weezy vs. the NBA and 12 other athlete-rapper grudges
As you’ve likely heard, Lil Wayne went scorched earth on the Miami Heat during All-Star Weekend in Houston, delivering a profanity-laced tirade at a Beats Audio event that predictably wound up on TMZ.com.
After leading the audience in “F— the NBA!” and “F— the Miami Heat!” chants — a response to his alleged ban from NBA events at the behest of the Heat — Weezy took dead aim at Miami’s Big Three, saving the spiciest meatball of all for Chris Bosh.
“Let them n—-s know I’m from the streets,” he said. “Ain’t no Twitter beef. Take it to the f—ing streets, n—-. F— all them n—-s. F— Lebron [James]. F— [Dwayne] Wade. F— Chris Bosh. … And I f—ed Chris Bosh’s wife.”
It’s not the first time that stars from the orbits of sports and hip-hop have clashed. (It’s not even the first time it’s involved Wayne. Not even close, really.) Here’s a look at a dozen other memorable athlete-rapper beefs from through the years.
1. Jay-Z vs. Stephon Marbury
Jigga came at Marbury in his 2003 song “La La La,” referencing the 2000 robbery of the Brooklyn-born hoopster: Don’t confuse me with Marbury out this b—-. Run up on me at the light, you can lose your life.via complex.com
Marbury waited six years to hit back, finally calling Jay-Z a “camel” with “no heart” during one of his now-legendary 2009 webcam sermons.
2. Fat Joe vs. Roy Jones Jr.
The Terror Squad leader rapped, “Even Roy Jones was forced to lean back,” in his guest verse on Ja Rule’s “New York,” which came out just months after Jones’ frightening knockout losses to Antonio Tarver and Glen Johnson.via complex.com
The four-division champion took major umbrage and wound up approaching Joe at a party at New York’s Club Exit to demand an apology, which the rapper accommodated both privately and publicly.
3. Fabolous vs. Sebastian Telfair
Telfair had been robbed of a $50,000 diamond chain outside Diddy’s New York restaurant Justin’s, with the culprits rumored to be a part of Fabolous’ posse, known as “The Street Family.” Surveillance cameras spotted the robbery — and the Celtics guard making a phone call shortly after. Two hours later, Fabolous was shot in the thigh outside of the same club. No connection between the two was established despite significant circumstantial evidence.
4. Rick Ross vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Mayweather, Ricky Rozay and their respective entourages nearly came to blows at the opening of the Hard Rock Hotel’s Vanity nightclub in 2010 after a series of back-and-forth barbs in songs and interviews — a beef than can be traced back to a Ross’ diss of Mayweather on’ “Mafia Music” in 2009. Boxing’s pound-for-pound champion explained how it was resolved on MTV2′s Sucker Free later that year.
5. Lil Wayne vs. Ed and Charles O’Bannon
Tunechi took aim at the former UCLA basketball stars who struggled in the pros on the 2006 track “Cannon (Remix)” off the Dedication 2 mixtape: Listen close I got duct tape and rope, I’ll leave you missin’ like the f—in’ O’Bannons.via complex.com
“Come see me on the court, little fella,” Charles O’Bannon responded semi-playfully in a 2009 interview. “I will dunk on you.”
6. Lil Wayne vs. LeBron James and Dwayne Wade
In a Rolling Stone cover story from 2011, Wayne put LeBron and Wade on blast.
When Wayne sat court-side at a recent Miami Heat/New Orleans Hornets game he was upset that Lebron James and Dwyane Wade never came over to talk to him. “Them n—-s never speak to a n—-,” he says. “They don’t chuck me the deuce or nothing. N—- spent all that money on them f—ing tickets … Come holla at me. We sit right by them little b—–a– n—-s. At least come ask me why I’m not rooting for you.”
The response from LeBron and Wade, unsurprisingly, was radio silence.
7. Lil Wayne vs. The Oklahoma City Thunder
Wayne was furious when the Thunder denied him a front-row seat for Game 3 of last year’s San Antonio-Oklahoma City playoff series and opened fire on the organization on Twitter.
Was going to go to the Thunder game tonight but was denied by the team to be in their arena. Wow. Smh. Go Spurs!—
Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) May 31, 2012
8. E-40 vs. Rasheed Wallace
When a 21-year-old Wallace casually dismissed E-40 in an interview on BET’s Rap City, the Oakland rapper called him out in the 1996 track “Record Haters”: What’s that n—-s name? Rasheed Wallace! You gonna have to learn to respect your elders mane, I’m twomp bait n—a ain’t no need for you to record hate. Mind ya own, or ya own gon remind you, n—a. The click will, b—-!
Sheed approached the rapper years later at a concert in Portland to squash it, chalking it up to his own immaturity.
9. Jay-Z vs. DeShawn Stevenson
Stevenson, then with the Wizards, had made some disparaging comments about LeBron in 2008. Enter Hov, who came to the defense of his longtime friend with a freestyle diss track over Too $hort’s “Blow The Whistle.”
In an ironic twist, Stevenson later signed a contract with the Brooklyn Nets, of which Jay-Z is part-owner.
10. Benzino vs. Paul Pierce
Pierce was stabbed 11 times in the face, neck and backand underwent lung surgery when he tried to break up a 2000 fight at Boston’s Buzz Club reportedly involving members of Benzino’s Made Men crew. Benzino, as recently as 2010, denies involvement.
11. The Game vs. Chad Ochocinco
It’s unclear what prompted the Twitter spat between Ochocinco, then with the Dolphins, and the Los Angeles rapper — but it played out very publicly last July.
12. LL Cool J vs. Mike Tyson
Tyson made a cameo in the 1998 video for “Second Round K.O.,” Canibus’ diss track aimed at the “Mama Said Knock You Out” rapper.
Cool James didn’t hesitate to fire back in his response track, “The Ripper Strikes Back,” mocking Tyson’s voice and taunting him over prison stint: Heard that convicted rapist on the record too, fresh out of jail, a– cheeks still black and blue.
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