The Camel vs. The Goat: Jay-Z Talks Slick About LL Cool J

- By Bossip Staff

Lions, tigers and bears, OH MY! In a recent interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, Camel took a subliminal jab at The G.O.A.T. and his ability to remain relevant in hip hop. Pop the hood for his exact words

When asked about the current state of hip hop in his cover story with Rolling Stone Magazine, Jay Z took the liberty of using LL Cool Jay as an example of what NOT to do, saying:

“One of the reasons I wanted to make Blueprint 3 was because of the challenge. We’ve seen people like LL Cool J have longevity, and we respect the heritage of what he’s done, but it’s not like, right now, he’s competing on the same level as Lil Wayne. So for me to still be able to compete at that level at my age, that’s rarefied air. It’s never been done.”

“I think the problem with people, as they start to mature, they say, ‘Rap is a young man’s game,’ and they keep trying to make young songs. But you don’t know the slang – it changes every day. You can visit the topic, but these young kids live it every day, and you’re just visiting. So you’re trying to be something you’re not, and the audience doesn’t buy into that. And people wonder why. ‘I made a great Southern bounce song!’ You’re from New York, and you’re 70! Why are you bouncing?”

With their sordid history, and LL’s past claims that he was mismanaged under Jay Z while at Def Jam, you would think that Jay would have opted to leave out names in his assessment of hip hop.

Some people consider Jay Z one of the best that ever did it, even though LL fancies himself the Greatest Of All Tme. Does that give Jay the liberty to spit camel juice at every rapper in the game?

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  • Caramel Cat™


  • Love

    Jay Z is arrogant. He’s only still on top because he’s grimy. To be honest, I think his “image” is bigger than his music.

  • eye

    Jay is only as popular as he is because of Bey. His last album was dope but the previous 2 were garbage. Jay, shut the hell up. Your next album could be a flop.

  • slimpickens

    who the f— cares about LL Cool J?

  • What_am_iDoing

    i dont care 4 jay z but come on, you retarded if you think LLcoolJ is better! lmao wtf his old skool azzz

  • hammyTHEthird

    he’s right…

  • hammyTHEthird

    he’s right… remember ‘HeadSprung’??? the fck was that???

  • brrrikhouse

    he better leave Lady Love alone…that’s my boo.. and ur right “love” his image is indeed bigger than his music..he’s scared to fall off

  • bklynlady


  • BayouSwampMan

    Jay-Z is garbage anyway. Who cares what he has to say? Don’t try to diss a vet & try to cozy up to Lil Wayne because you know he would completely obliterate you.

  • daahlingnikki

    The side eye that LL is giving Jay says it all…

  • bklynlady

    6/15/10, 12:38:pm

    Jay Z is arrogant. He’s only still on top because he’s grimy. To be honest, I think his “image” is bigger than his music.


    I agree. LL is a better rapper to me as well…If L was married to Bey he would have a younger audience as well….This is like comparing apples and oranges..

  • Just Sayin

    He is only saying that because LL has to much to loose if he splits J’s wig.
    I don’t hear him really saying to much about hard core rappers.

  • Joy

    jay dont even push big units like that!

    he needs to stfu cus nas ripped him a new one w/ either. that will forever go down as one of the best diss tracks to come out!

  • Ummmmmm.....

    Disrespectful and arrogant

  • Candid Canuck

    imma disagree with J here. “beach chair and forever young” weren’t exactly timeless…. those tracks were suspect and frankly LL still has his mark as a legend…. J is speaking while holding his balls here….

  • The "Original" Brown Hornet

    That was a B!tch statement, because we all know J would never say that Shyte to L’s face.

    Talk about not paying homage, If L had not taken rap where it went J never would have gotten where he is.

    B!thc move J, B!tch move…

  • David

    Jay is the man. you cant compare 1 LL album to “Reasonable Doubt”. Somebody please name one with using

  • Ya'' ll need to get over it!

    Jay Z is a punk plain and simple and I agree with the other poster, Jay Z has made an amazing IMAGE of himself, but his work, or music, if that is what you want to call it is not much to brag about. I can’t stand his voice or his inflection!

    LL is the man! I like him much more this joke! Jay Z is all about gettin paid, not integrity, so why try and comment on it like you live it?

    Wrong turn!

  • DJ

    LL grew up! Thats what happened! Of course he is not going to compete with Lil Wayne. Why would he want to. I guess if you are a 40 year old rapper, you would still be concerned about Lil Wayne. SMH Please……….

  • Mrs. Rance

    The thing is LL had ten years in the game before Jay Z was even heard of. So Jay has not reached his level yet. He can start the clock ten years after LL’s last album. Other than the disrespectful name drop I get where he is coming from. He should have referenced Diddy who’s “music” does not mature. Furthermore, LL is not really as focused on music as he could be. He has a thriving acting career that seems to have taken over.

  • David

    @ DJ LL is over 40 and raps as well. please come with something better

  • Kia

    Jay thinks he’s someone’s god… and he’s not… He need to humble down before God does it for him!

  • Christine5980


  • Just Sayin

    Ugly people been talkin ish bout everybody else since forever!

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