Quite a few heavy hitters caught early Ls in the Greatest Hip-Hop Song (Of The VIBE Era) Tournament. Top-seeded Bad Boy classic “All About The Benjamins” was upset by Nas’ “If I Ruled The World (Imagine That),” Ice Cube’s “It Was A Good Day” topped Snoop’s “Gin & Juice.”
The aftermath of round two found Lil Wayne’s “A Milli” losing to the party-starting “Back Dat Azz Up,” by Juvenile, Manny Fresh and baby Weezy F. Cash Money torch carrier Drake is not so sure about the punchline-packed track’s demise.
“A Milli is just one of those songs where it will never be another,” Drizzy told VIBE, from Best Buy Theater’s green room in New York. “It’s very rare that you can say that this is a once in a lifetime moment and song. I remember exactly where I was when I heard ‘A Milli’—the first version had Cory Gunz on it. I got it off the Internet and had no clue what it was. I couldn’t imagine it being a single. I don’t even know if I really knew Wayne yet. Maybe it was after the first time meeting him.”
The singing rapper continues: “Me and my DJ, Future The Prince, we took it to the club and played it all night. The song just grew and grew. It’s an incredible song not only because it displayed Wayne’s talent as a rapper and the fact that he had a number one record without a hook. But just the simplicity of the combination of having the right beat and right rapper trying something new.”