In mid-2019, Conway The Machine stopped by Funkmaster Flex’s HOT 97 radio show to deliver some high-level freestyle. The Buffalo, New York MC was going through a pivotal year at the time. That year, he released Everyone is FOOD 3 and Look what I’ve become before eventually teaming up with brother Westside Gunn and cousin Benny The Butcher for Griselda’s Shady Records debut, WWCD (What would Chinegun do)—who was named among Ambrosia for the heads best albums of this year.
While Conway and Flex seemed to get along in 2019, things changed in 2022. On an Instagram live this week, The Machine took umbrage with media gatekeepers in hip-hop. In particular, he called Funkmaster Flex by name. “New York, in my opinion, man, you gotta get these old niggas out the way like [Funkmaster] Flex and the ni**as, man,” said the artist who released God does not make mistakes earlier this year. “Those guards you have up there, the man trying to dictate like who, you know what I’m saying? Like come on bruh. Lucky I don’t need all you niggas ’cause if I needed all you niggas, all you niggas would pretend to smother my groove.
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The Drumtalk Records founder has expressed frustration that DJs, especially on radio, snub his music despite the fandom. “You don’t play my shit. [DJ] Suss One, you been on Wendy William’s prime time show, nigga and you said what you said. The popular DJ and radio host previously featured Conway as one of the top 5 MCs. “Flex, every chance you get, you say you gotta stick with it. We gotta get all the niggas out, man. All new, young, hip, real hip with the street niggas be the DJs and run that shit up there at HOT 97, ni**a and all that shit.
He challenged the guard with a few more words. “You weird DJs ni**a think you run New York, ni**a. You are all lame clowns. I hate muthaf *ckin’ the media. I hate you DJ niggas—not all– just some of y’all niggas in New York, man. Y’all niggers doing some weird shit, bruh…like for real, y’all gotta get away, man.
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As the live social media moment was captured, it made its way to Funkmaster Flex, among others. On Monday night (July 11), the veteran DJ/producer responded. Laughing, he tagged Conway. FF then said, “So? Let’s start! You are managed by Roc Nation (JAY-Z), signed to Shady Records (Eminem), distributed by Interscope Records (a major label). Flex continued, “You and your team had a feature from JAY-Z, Eminem, Lil Wayne, J. Cole, Jadakiss, Travis Scott, French Montana, and more?” Flex seemed to be pointing the finger at Conway’s well-heeled associations. Flex also mentioned Conway’s appearance on Kanye West. donda and business ties to Shady Records founder (and former Def Jam Records president) Paul Rosenberg. The veteran added, “You’re a sorry lyricist of over 40 ‘bar rappers’ who’ve had every resource you can get!”
The HOT 97 mainstay continued, “Not happy with your ‘career’ so far? With all these co-signers? I think you peaked, man? What do you think (you’ll take that as a disrespect because the truth might be a bit too much for you)?
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Flex then poked fun at his age, in regards to Conway’s criticism. “Signed Grandpa/Wheelchair Bandit/Hot Milk General.”
In the comments to his post, Flex added that Conway wasn’t worthy of comparing himself to The LOX. He also welcomed any other artists who were upset about showing up. “Another rapper wants to smoke tonight? Step up and crack your skull? »
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Flex boasted that his Tuesday night radio show would be based on that dispute. Previously, Funkmaster Flex had public disputes with Drake, JAY-Z, Kid Capri and others.
Earlier this year, Conway’s God does not Errors scored his solo debut on a major label. Eminem’s management-produced LP reached No. 175 on the charts, down from 2020’s independent From a king to a godwhich debuted at #126. This album arrived on Conway’s Drumwork and WSG’s Griselda imprint.
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