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During the recent Verzuz event, Romeo made a guest appearance and suggested he was the Kobe Bryant to Bow Wow’s Michael Jordan and Soulja Boy’s LeBron James. The comparison instantly raised eyebrows among some viewers, who questioned the comparison. In an interview on Fox Soul’s The Mix, Romeo has clarified what he meant and stressed that people shouldn’t have taken his words so literally.
“Man, the internet, you damned if you do damned if you don’t. No disrespect to none of those legends, you know there’s only one Michael Jordan, there’s only one Kobe, there’s only one LeBron,” he explained. “I was saying, in our era, when I came out Bow was the first to do it, right? Which means he was like the MJ. When I came, I was that young hard-working kid who had to be the most talented. I worked my butt off, I was in the studio 24/7, and I made my own history. Kobe-ish.”
Regarding his LeBron-Soulja comparison, he remarked how they both shook up their respective fields when they made their major debuts. “Soulja Boy is just the innovator, the one who did it differently. We never seen nothing like it,” he said. “And that’s your era. I didn’t say the whole music game, I’m not saying I’m the Kobe of hip-hop or nothing like that. I walked away from music. Once I accomplished my goal of having a No. 1 single and being the rap artist of the year, I was like, I wanna move on to the next.”