Lil Cease caught up with Smoke DZA on Instagram Live and revealed that The Notorious B.I.G. believed JAY-Z was a better rapper than he was.
“They bonded just on some G shit cause they respected each other as men and they respected each other as artists,” he said in the video. “Big wasn’t afraid to tell that — Big thought he was doper than him. Big used to say, ‘Yo, that nigga nicer than me.’”
He continued, “I swear to God on everything I love. Any nigga can vouch for it. I’m not lying. These are straight facts. When JAY-Z said that line on ‘Dead Presidents,’ ‘Nigga take a freeze off my kneecap / nigga believe that,’ Big was like ‘Yo, he got me.’”
Back in 2016, DJ Clark Kent detailed how the “Juicy” rapper stopped writing his rhymes after he witnessed JAY lay a verse down in the studio without a pen and pad.
“They met each other,” he said. “It wasn’t even like they had a conversation. They just started to laugh, clap hands—because there was an insane amount of respect for each other’s craft.”
“I played the song. JAY [asked me to play] the beat for like 20 minutes. JAY goes in the booth and changes everything [from his previous version]. He goes, ‘You ready?’ Big is like mystified. I was like, ‘I told you, he don’t write no rhymes.’ And from that point, Big stopped writing rhymes. He’s like, ‘I’m not gonna be the guy that’s gonna be here writing when this guy can do that.’ Even though I told [Biggie] a bunch of times, ‘He don’t write his rhymes down,’ he thought it was impossible that he could say rhymes that good without writing them down.”
Legend recognize legend. Check out what Lil Cease had to say below.