Date: June 2010

What happened? In an interview with Rolling Stone, Jay-Z said, “One of the reasons I wanted to make Blueprint 3 was because of the challenge. We've seen people like LL [Cool J] have longevity, and we respect the heritage of what he's done, but it's not like, right now, he's competing on the same level as Lil Wayne. So for me to still be able to compete at that level at my age, that's rarefied air. It's never been done.”

Complex says: Jay-Z always fancied himself the best, so acknowledging Lil Wayne as his competitor served as a tip of the cap in Wayne’s direction. In short, Jay-Z was saying Lil Wayne was, at least, on his level.