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Raptors announcer starts feud with Wale
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On February 20, 2013 @ 8:57 am In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Chris Strauss, USA TODAY Sports
Apparently Toronto Raptors announcer Matt Devlin isn’t up to speed on the Washington D.C. hip-hop scene. After rapper Wale engaged in some back and forth banter with Toronto Raptors forward Rudy Gay in the first half Toronto’s 96-88 win over the Wizards in D.C. Tuesday night, Devlin questioned the musician’s relevance before offering up the biggest salvo in the history of Canadian sports announcer rap beefs.”He’s no Drake!”Devlin probably didn’t realize just how much of a burn that was, as both Drake and Wale both released hugely successful mixtapes around the same time in the late ’00s before signing major label deals. Wale referenced plenty of D.C. sports teams and athletes in his lyrics and has become a fixture at games of all the local pro teams. While Toronto native Drake’s career has blown up (to the point that Raptors announcers are well-versed in his oeuvre), Wale’s studio albums haven’t had nearly as much impact.Someone must have let the musician know about Devlin’s comments because he issued this ominous tweet before apparently heading over to the Raptors’ broadcast booth in person.Via @Wale:
@MattDevlinRaps watch ur mouth
Wale told the Washington Postafter the game that, “I was just introducing myself, that’s all. Nah, I wasn’t angry. I was like, you’re not from here, you don’t know. You don’t know.”
For his part, Rudy Gay tweeted after the games that he and Wale are friends. After Raptors fans taunted him for the incident, Wale explained his reaction on Twitter in the early hours Wednesday.
On the Internet when u defend urself ur criticized for being less of a man. There’s NO honor in defending yourself,or your name.
Somebody call u out your name . And you confront them . YOU wrong . So who u cheerin for the people who take insults in stride? Since when
And thus ends possibly the most interesting thing to ever occur at a Raptors-Wizards game.
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