Jay-Z has responded to the barbed words of Beanie Sigel, in the aftermath of a diss song called “What You Talkin Bout (I Ain’t Your Average Cat)” at a Canadian Press conference.
Jay-Z appeared at Montreal’s Bell Centre to answer questions from writers and reporters.
Sigel, once a prominent rapper in Jay’s Roc-A-Fella Records, expressed a number of issues with his former comrade. These matters ranged from loyalty to allegations that he had Sigel removed from a concert in Philadelphia by police.
Jay-Z made no mention of most questions that bothered Sigel, but he did say he felt he helped his counterpart greatly in an interview conducted with larueduhiphop.com.
“Beanie Sigel, to be honest and you can look it up, just to be honest…was driving two Bentleys. I don’t know how,” Jay-Z said at a press conference to the Canadian Hip-Hop site. “Its impossible to drive two cars at the same time. With his momma in the sticks, selling 800,000. I don’t know what more you can do for somebody.”
“What people choose to do when they obtain that type of success, at some point you gotta look in the mirror and look at yourself,” Jay continued. “Beanie Sigel had a record deal, a record label and a clothing line…and never went platinum. Ever. I don’t know in the history of rap has anyone done so much with so little. So, I don’t know what more can you do for a person at that point. A record deal – that’s normal. A record label and a clothing line. If that’s not pushing the person…s**t.”
Friday morning (October 30), Sigel spoke to Philadelphia 100.3 radio host Charlamagne Tha God and aired out his grievances, which seemed more about loyalty than any other topic.
“I think I held my tongue long enough about this whole Roc-a-Fella situation,” Sigel. “I was the realest thing that happened to the Roc. The Roc was just a rock. I brought the Fellas to Roc-a-Fella Records; Hot 97, State Prop, y’all remember. I brought the street cred to that. I fought all them battles: Jadakiss, Nas, Dipset. Anybody you woulda told me to go after. Matter of fact, you ain’t even have to tell me. I frontlined for that thing of ours, for that diamond that people was throwin’ up. I’da took a bullet at that time.”
Sigel also stated the he wasn’t really dissing Jay-Z even though some of his raps seemed to counter that assertion.
The displeased rapper explained, “I’m not really dissing Jay. It’s certain parts in there where my emotions … it’s an emotional record for me. When I listened to The Blueprint 3, I heard a lot of shots directed towards people.
Click here to listen to “What You Talkin Bout (I Ain’t Your Average Cat).”
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