One of the biggest rap beefs of this century included Toronto’s Drake and Philadelphia’s Meek Mill.
In a new age of the internet, the time honored tradition of rappers being competitive on wax included new elements such as memes and the use of online watchers. Funkmaster Flex is a New York bred Deejay who lives for hip hop.
Being the hip historian he is, he recently revealed in an interview on the The Cigar podcast, that he wanted to go down in history like the great deejays of the early years of hip hop.
“I gotta be honest, I kind of bit that whole routine, or my involvement. I was copying, watching Red Alert and MC Shan and KRS-One,” admits Flex, around the thirty-six-minute mark. “And I watched people throw the flame on it and I said, ‘If I throw the flame on it, this can be one of those.’ … I ain’t gonna lie, I wanted to be in the history book like Red Alert and Shan and KRS-One.”
When asked if he attempted to arrange a premiere for Meek Mill’s response to “Charged Up” and “Back To Back,” Flex smiled, his eyes speaking volumes. “You know what, Meek was always in a cheerful phase about [it]—he wasn’t overly stressed,” explains Flex. “I wanna say I feel maybe me and Meek must have had a miscommunication on the song, or what it was gonna be.”
“I did reach out to him, and was like hey,” he chuckles, heavily implying that he intended on premiering Meek’s “Wanna Know.” “I did do that! And he was like, ‘Of course, man.’ And then I might have said, ‘All right, Monday?’ I might’ve. And then I thought he agreed.” Alas, Flex did not end up premiering Meek’s record as arranged, and “Wanna Know” ended up dropping a few days later.
Check out the interview below.