As he prepares for a headlining performance at this years BET Awards, singer/songwriter Ne-Yo has stepped into the world of Hip-Hop freestyles and subsequent beef rumors.
A new track leaked to the web over the weekend found Ne-Yo submitting a late entry into the A Milli remixing game, joining a legion of artists varying from Jay-Z and The Game, to Lil Mama and even Will Smith.
As the song made the rounds on blogs and radio stations across the country, speculations arose that the crooners efforts were directed at a competitor, namely Chris Brown and even the originator, Wayne himself, who are also scheduled to perform during Tuesdays (Jun 24) live airing of the BET Awards.
The rumors are fueled by Ne-Yos verses on the lighthearted recording, which he introduces with, To whom it may concern: you might sell a million more than me, but you aint got a million more than me.
He goes on to spit for over two minutes, dropping lines like even if I didnt sing it, write the lyrics, make a milli, let another artist bring it. R&B to Pop, even got them Hip-Hop records dropping.
The clip, which features a lot of direct interpolations of Weezys original, concludes with the statement that you do not pick a street fight with Floyd Mayweather, and Ne-Yo borrowing from Hip-Hop braggadocio to offer Jay-Z and Beyonce a gift from his latest Irreplaceable check.
Amidst the swirl of rumors, Ne-Yos entourage has refused to comment about the purported beef either way.
However, the artist himself assures listeners on the track that at anyone in general this is not, but if you claiming millis you aint got, this red dot is on your forehead.
While it seems unlikely, then, that Ne-Yos rap debut will cause any tension at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles Tuesday evening, BET is promising the show will be the hottest ticket on television, hoping to add to the list of unforgettable moments, which have included a brief Fugees reunion, Rick James last live performance, and Destinys Childs impromptu Cater To You lap dance.
The show will also feature appearances by Young Jeezy, Usher, Keyshia Cole, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Nelly, and Jill Scott, who has tapped to perform a tribute to this years Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, the legendary Al Green.
Hosted by comedian D.L. Hughley, the BET Awards 08 is set to premier at 9pm EST, and will also honor quintessential music man Quincy Jones for his outreach to African-American youth with his Listen Up Foundation.