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Too Short believes Jay-Z's remake of 'Blow The Whistle' was more than just a diss song: 'I think he was thinking about signing LeBron'

Apart from defending LeBron against Stevenson, Too Short believed Jay Z, still a minority owner of the Brooklyn Nets at the time, was hoping to land the then soon-to-be free agent James
Too Short believes Jay Z's remake of 'Blow The Whistle' was more than just a diss song: 'I think he was thinking about signing LeBron'

While King James was not down for the smoke, the real Jay Z was having it.

Several years before it became somewhat of a cliché, LeBron James being a so-called "overrated" player, actually made waves in the league. It happened in 2008 when DeShawn Stevenson branded him "overrated" after the Washington Wizards secured a playoff win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

James, who was evidently aware that he's far superior to Stevenson, quickly brushed off the narrative that they were having some beef and said that clapping back is "like Jay-Z saying something bad about Soulja Boy."

While King James was not down for the smoke, the real Jay Z was having it.

Hov takes a swipe at Stevenson

In the wake of the rumored beef, Jay Z made a diss song aimed at Stevenson to the beat of Too Short's 2006 hit single "Blow the whistle."

Though Stevenson's name wasn't dropped, Hov made it clear that he was taking shots at the man who called LeBron "overrated." See the lyrics below:

"Ask my ni**a Lebron!

We so big we ain't gotta respond

When you talkin' to a don, please have respect like your talkin' to your mom

We let the money do the talkin'

As you see we be talkin' rather often (chatterbox!)

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Another hundred fifty million don't it sound like we yellin?!!!

Who the fuck overrated?! If anything they underpaid him

Hatin' that's only 'gon make him spend the night

Out of spite with the chick you've been datin'

We the best of the best

We 'gon be here so the rest could take a rest

I gotta get this off my chest

No pause, none of that shit, get off my dick!!!!"

It was a haymaker

Almost ten years after Jay Z remade his Blow the whistle track, Too Short shared his take on the matter. According to the Oakland-based rapper, he seldom let his artists do remakes of his songs, but since it was Jay Z, he did not hesitate.

More importantly, Too Short had a feeling that his fellow hip-hop legend did not only want to destroy someone using his beat. Apart from defending LeBron against Stevenson, Too Short believed Jay Z, a minority owner of the Brooklyn Nets at the time, was hoping to land the then-to-be free agent James.

"[Jay Z]He was like, 'Could you send me the instrumental to that?,'" Too Short recalled the Scoop B Radio Podcast with Brandon "Scoop B" Robinson in 2017. "If a rapper called me and said, 'Send me the instrumental,' I'll probably say something like, 'We didn't even bounce the instrumental, so we don't even have one.' When Jay called, I was like, 'It will be there in a couple of hours, man.' I had no idea what he was going to do with it, but I am glad he did.'"

"So I guess in his mind he was gearing up to, at that point, I think he was thinking about signing LeBron and having him play for the Nets and he was courting LeBron and LeBron was special to him and ol' boy [Stevenson] stepped on LeBron's toes talking shit and Jay was like, 'I'm going to shut this down,'" he speculated. "And he probably saw the moment where the crowd reacted to the song and then that was on his mind."

Whether Too Short was right about Jay-Z's real intention for the Blow the whistle remake or not, we'll never know. But assuming he was right, the infamous diss song did not get the job done as LeBron wound up signing with the Miami Heat and not the Brooklyn Nets.

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