Date: October 2009
What happened? In response to Jay-Z being named MTV’s “Hottest MC In The Game” Birdman told Tropical TV, "I don't think [Jay-Z] is the number one emcee in no kind of way. Wayne's the best. He do the most and he make the most money. I don't think no nigga in the business make more money than us. How can you be the best if you don't make the most money? And you don't do the most? Lyrically, come on man, be for real, can't nobody fuck with Wayne...If you number one and you ain't getting no money it don't mean nothing."
Complex says: With this comment, Birdman reignited the flame that once sizzled between the two rappers but had been quelled since 2007. This two-part diss took a swipe at both Jay-Z’s bank account and his merits as an emcee. Wayne may not have been directly involved, but his close association to Birdman made the statement sound like the product of group-think within the Cash Money camp.