UPDATED 8/25, 12:50 p.m. ET: The Drink Champs co-hosts have vowed to discuss the comments made by N.O.R.E. on Friday’s episode, writing on social media that “Drink Champs gets together Friday at which point we will address the misunderstanding concerning the Wu affiliates.” The statement also read that the team “won’t let any media source, blogger or social media turn this into something it’s not! #drinkchamps #positiveenergy #wegiveflowers.”
Since the beef began a few days ago, Micky Factz, who was a guest on the show when the initial comments were made, offered his own five-minute Instagram apology.
“I just want to give an apology to all of the Wu-Tang members and anyone who’s affiliated with them as well as their supporters and their fans,” he said at one point. “That was definitely out of line, it was out of pocket and there’s really no excuse for that.” He clarified in a later statement that he has already sat down with members of Killarmy & Sunz of Man to address the situation.
“Had a conversation with some members of Killarmy & Sunz of Man before my statement,” Factz wrote. “As black men, I apologized, we put it behind us and then laughed it off. Handled everything behind the scenes before going public. This is behind me now and we back to providing quality lyricism and entertainment! Love.”
9th Prince also told HipHopDX that he is open to whatever N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN have to say come Friday.
“Killarmy and the Wu-Tang Killa Beez are all wise and civilize,” he said. “We are the most humble people you can meet, but we will not stand for any disrespect. You will be punished for going against the Gods. We are open for all apologies and will accept them humbly and respectfully.” He added that “sometimes you got to cut the head of a snake off, so that it doesn’t bite anyone Else. Wu-Tang Killa Beez for ever.”
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N.O.R.E. has found himself in hot water with affiliates of the Wu-Tang Clan. The Drink Champs host is catching some flak from some Killa Beez after he referred to Shyheim, Sunz of Man, and Killarmy as “flunkies.”
Shyheim, who is Ghostface Killah’s cousin, was quick to respond to the insult, saying in an Instagram video, “N***as get drunk and run they mouth, and don’t know what you talkin’ about. I ain’t ever been nobody’s flunkie or nonexistent. I am the true and living god. I’m in present time, n***a. Fuck outta here. Flunkie, n***a—I’m Shyheim. And my albums is better than your albums. Fuck outta here. Go against my Killa Beez then.”
He drove the point home by saying Wu-Tang has always been fully united. “N***as always trying to separate the W, like the Clan was the only people that put on for the W’s,” he continued. “Sonz of Man, Killarmy, Shyheim, Royal Fam, Wu Syndicate...we put on too for the W.”
In the comments, Drink Champs co-host DJ EFN tried to smooth things over, writing, “I got mad respect for all the wu affiliates including you which is why I even mentioned your name. I know it came off foul by that word being used but y’all most definitely not flunkys. Much respect and hope to have y’all at the @drinkchamps table.”
Also showing support in Shyheim’s comments were Fatman Scoop (“you were part of STATEN ISLAND BREAKING THRU!!!!!!”) and Pete Rock (“who talkin shit bro?”).
Speaking with HipHopDX, Killarmy member 9th Prince further emphasized the point. “None of Noreaga’s albums can compare to any of the Killarmy albums,” he said. “Challenging any of my Wu-Tang Killa Beez brethren is like sliding down on a razor into a pool of alcohol.”
Sunz of Man also responded to N.O.R.E.’s claims on their Instagram page. “Who you calling a Flunkie?? @mickey.factz @therealnoreaga @whoscrazy,” the caption reads. “Watch your mouth when you say my name Pusssies. #allthesmoke #keepmynameoutYamouth #dickriders #goofies.”
N.O.R.E. has yet to respond to the backlash.