Funkmaster Flex Weighs in on Beanie Sigel/Jay-Z Beef
Ever since Beanie Sigel dropped the diss track, “What You Talking About,” towards former ally Jay-Z the hip-hop world has been in a frenzy. Last night (November 3) during an interview with Philadelpha radio station, Power 99, 50 Cent confirmed that he was trying to recruit Beans to G-Unit but Jay wouldn’t let the Philly spitter out of his contract. [Listen here].
XXLmag.com recently caught up with popular Hot 97 personality Funkmaster Flex while he was at the SEMA convention in Las Vegas to unveil his new customized Ford Taurus SHO and got his reaction to the Jay/Beans incident.. As a popular fixture in the rap world, especially New York, for over 15 years, Flex has personally witnessed the downfall of the Roc firsthand. As far as he’s concerned, Jay should have freed Beans from his roster a while back. “It’s a hard position,” the DJ said, “[but] I think Jay should’ve let Sigel go in the first inkling that he wanted to be someplace else.”
At the same time, Flex believes Jay gave Beanie plenty of chances to stand on his own two feet. “I do agree with Jay-Z with something,” he shared. “He did allow Sigel every opportunity with the clothing line, record label and his record deal. And I don’t think Sigel did anything wrong, but the game changed to where it wasn’t profitable anymore with labels. The clothing business wasn’t doing what it was doing. I don’t know if he didn’t do something or if the game just changed, because there were a lot of people with clothing lines.”
Despite Beanie’s obvious campaign to have Jigga respond to him, FMF doesn’t think it would be a smart move for the Brooklyn rap legend. “Jay’s not gonna respond, he don’t have to,” he said. “He’s the richest rapper and he just dropped a hot album. Let’s keep it 100, T-Pain, I love T-Pain. I love Sigel. I love a lot of the artists that are out there and ain’t nobody saying this album is wack.“ —Jesse Gissen with reporting by Rob Markman