Last week, Hot97's Ebro threw shots at Mississippi duo Rae Sremmurd by likening the pair to '90s rap duo Kriss Kross, "They didn't write that shit. Any of it. Maybe some of it. Mike WiLL-Made It—you know that his name is Mike WiLL-Made It? He made that album."
Mike WiLL quickly fired back on Twitter (because it's 2015) to assert that if Swae Lee and Slim Jimmy didn't write the raps, then no one did. It was a classic case of who's got bars, and the pair played off the opportunity wonderfully by showing up to Tim Westwood's show with 20 straight minutes of raps that fire back at Ebro and also showcased the kind of energy that has turned them into one of the most sought-after acts of 2015.
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Positivity wins out. The SremmLife rappers left nothing untouched as they asserted themselves: "We don't even have to address that, you can look at the albums and see who writes the tracks." While talk is talk, they definitely showed and proved.
To be honest, I was impressed. While I wouldn't put these two on my top lyricists of all-time list, they certainly responded to criticism in a professional manner, keeping the words off Twitter and on the mic.
Now, if Drake and Meek had handled things like this we wouldn't have a "Back to Back" GRAMMY nomination, but we would probably have had memories worth more than money. Rae Sremmurd wins this round, now Ebro can get back to only playing major label music on Hot 97.
[by Jake Krez, who doesn't really care if Rae Sremmurd writes their own lyrics. You can follow him on Twitter. Art via Maia Conrad.]