Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 at 10:05 am  |  64 responses

Rapper Wale Confronts Toronto Raptors Broadcasters After Diss (VIDEO)

‘He’s not Drake, that’s for sure.’

The Toronto Raptors play-by-play duo of Matt Devlin and Leo Rautins had never heard of Wale until last night (who could blame them, really?), and they took shots at him during the broadcast after the rapper and Rudy Gay began to trash talk good-naturedly. After the diss, Wale walked up to where Devlin and Rautins were sitting to give them a piece of his mind. The WaPo breaks down the hilarity: “So, Wale is inspiring, and I’m sure somebody on Twitter can tell me exactly if they’ve ever heard of Wale,’ Devlin said on the Toronto broadcast. ‘He’s not Drake, that’s for sure.’ Burn. The Drake dis made its way to Wale at the speed of light, and the D.C.-based rapper responded on Twitter. He also decided to take his objections to the broadcast booth in person during the third quarter, which was about 20 rows directly behind where he was seated. During the live broadcast, because why not. ‘I was just introducing myself, that’s all,’ Wale said. ‘Nah, I wasn’t angry. I was like, you’re not from here, you don’t know. You don’t know.’ [...] The fans in the suite with front row seats to the incident (who did not want their names on record) said that Wale was yelling ‘I heard what you said. That’s not cool.’ I caught up with Devlin after the game, and he said any ‘yelling’ was a product of the loud arena, and that any beef was Twitter’s fault. ‘You know what, we were making fun of ourselves. Making fun, because we’re not hip,’ he said. ‘Obviously people on Twitter and social media, it kind of took on a life of its own. So he came up, we started talking and there was nothing to it.’”

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  • Anthony Dixon

    sensitivity is high in the rap game

  • Da Real

    was wale trying to convince them that he IS as big as drake? haha, what a cornball

  • OneStep

    I’ve never heard of Wally either. But I’m old too. These new-school rap artists sure do get their knickers in a twist over the slightest afront.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ben Osborne

    I really love the NBA

  • Gregg Shorthand

    Drake, Wale, 2 Chainz (I still can’t believe a grown, 35 year old man looks like that and dressed like he did at the All-Star game), etc. they are all wack. Hip hop is dead, and if you are over, say, 30, it is time to recognize what actual music is and leave rap alone anyway.

  • http://twitter.com/_DFrance DFrance

    All these rappers want to be Spike Lee super fans all of a sudden. Enjoy your courtside seat and STFU!

  • http://twitter.com/_DFrance DFrance

    So if you’re 30 and over you can no longer listen to rap , got it. Thank you authority on what is and isn’t actual music.

  • TBRK

    want to hear some real rap…..look up Eshon Burgundy…

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    “You’re not from here. You don’t know. You don’t know about “Lotus Flower Bomb”.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Hard to act hard when your biggest hit was “Lotus Flower Bomb”

  • Comment_System

    Mr. Shorthand, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

  • Bravo

    Lol drakes not 30+ you fool. He’s like 26 and young dude still in hip hop. Hip hop will never be about what age you are you dumb ass. It’s a culture thing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    listen to Kendrick Lamar…hip hop aint dead

  • spit hot fiyah

    good thing he didn’t confront the Hawks announcers and Dominique, probably would have laid him out like he did dude last year

  • vtrobot

    Yeah, that’s a good recent hip hop album. The A$AP Rocky album has some great stuff on it too. 1Train is a really solid song.

  • fruizm

    I love rap but I hate rappers!

  • vtrobot

    That guest verse that he did on The Roots’ “Rising Up” in ’08 was nice. “Mirrors” and “90210″ are the two songs that I like from Attention Deficit. Gave his last album (Ambition) a quick listen and knew that I didn’t have to bother trying to get into it. That being said, I like him better than Drake as I don’t like higher-voiced, Canadian versions of Lil’ Wayne.


    These dudes with these dreads are just bugging out around basketball these days. First Lil Wayne vs the Heat and Now Wale vs the announcers?? Whats next, 2 Chainz vs a coach? Get some haircuts and chill out… get yall lives together

  • http://twitter.com/_DFrance DFrance

    Wale is dope when he’s focused, but too often he gets caught up in trying to metaphor the listener’s head off and the rhyme goes south. More About Nothing is a classic tho, I think it’s his best collection of work. Ambition actually wasn’t that bad, Ijust think theMMG afaffiliation turns ppl off.

  • Lloyd

    The funny thing is that it’s not even a diss. Devlin is legitimately ignorant (what’s sad is he’s the most pop culture savvy amongst the Raptor announcers).

  • Omar

    Jay-Z is going to be the only rapper allowed at an NBA game.

  • RayJr

    Why wasn’t he not thrown out of the arena? The commentators, as well as anybody working in the arena, should be protected from jackasses like Wale from getting confronted like this before something worse happens.

  • http://www.facebook.com/evan.boland Evan Boland

    Hip Hop is so dead. It’s a joke. Long live gangsta rap.

  • http://www.facebook.com/evan.boland Evan Boland

    … meh.

  • LeroyShonuff

    A Eshon Burgundy shout out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Def one of my favs!!!!!!! Evidence of things not seen, Comprende, Close your eyes, The Garden… dude got songs and bars for days

  • LeroyShonuff

    that album is trash. Only 1 good song on it (1Train)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    you’re right Eminem is much better…

  • Bravo

    Yup album is soon trash . Most songs he rhymes with BOI all the time…….SMh

  • bill

    It WAS Drake they compared him to. Even if you aren’t a rapper, say a custodian, that’s embarrassing.

  • initbruv

    Just because someone is not on the radio, doesn’t make it “real rap”. Eshon Burgundy sounds like every other generic rapper.

  • initbruv

    All those dudes are indeed wack. But if you think hip hop is dead then you’re a fool. It’s more universal than it’s ever been. Also, if you don’t think there is still good hip hop out there (for example, People Under the Stairs) then that says more about your taste in music than it does about the state of hip hop. Stop putting yourself in a box Greggory.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    this dude raps are trash. keep it movin.

  • Anthony Dixon

    whats wrong with dreads?

  • Gregg Shorthand

    hahahahahaha go back to listening to yourself talk. And..there is no God you blooming idiot. Old man floating in the clouds with a white beard. haha

  • Gregg Shorthand

    Its Gregg, although I appreciate the respect young’n. I’m so far removed from your cute little boxes hahaha. Oh my. No, its not universal. Its dead. There is a new thing out that people are into a little bit, but its not hip hop. That died dude.

  • Gregg Shorthand

    I didn’t say your homosexual ass friend was over 30, genius. I said if YOU are over 30 (should be 25 but I’ll give people a few years to figure it out), you should go listen to MUSIC and not someone reciting poetry over computer beats. Even though you have little to no idea what you are talking about, please learn to not only read but also comprehend before responding. Now..go play young’n.

  • initbruv

    Again, I think that has more to do with your lack of exposure to good hip hop. But from the sounds of things, you’re not really a fan of the genre anyways. Nothing to get excited about, I’m not a hip hop missionary.

  • Cameron

    See, opinions are like this as shole right here. Everyone’s got one, no matter how bad they are.

  • Smuckin Fart

    A simple no would have been fine.

  • Gregg Shorthand

    Maybe, and I respect your thoughts man, but honestly it’s not as much lack of exposure to good hip hop as much as it is exposure to other things not hip hop. I grew up on hip-hop, listened to it from about age 6/7 to mid 20′s. At 20,I left and spent 7 years playing ball in a few other countries and just saw life in a totally different way. Went back to school and got my Master’s and have been around so many successful people (of all races) that it just kills me to see so many people mindlessly following what “trends” or “friends” say to do. Not just black, all people. Did you see 2Chainz at the ASG? That brother is 35 years old! I could go on, I won’t. Just pointing out some frustrations. My bad man, no disrespect.

  • initbruv

    No I hear you Gregg. And I did see 2Chainz, dude looks like he’s wearing a Halloween costume all the time (not to mention his music is garbage). And I don’t blame people for not liking hip hop, especially the stuff on the radio and tv. I have to search far and wide for good new stuff. Mostly I listen to sh*t from the 90s, which might prove your point that it’s dead since I still have to listen to all the old records. Anyways, to each his own. At least we can agree that 2Chainz is a clown.

  • Happy

    Billy Madison is one of the most awesome comedies of the 90′s. Respect.

  • LeroyShonuff

    false… when did he bring up radio???

  • TBRK

    haha, thats wassup my brother!! So passed this era of music man, I’m growing up and the music is not. We need something real man, the world needs something real!

  • z

    That was a line from a movie, which apparently only me and Happy picked up on.

  • Chukaz

    They’re lame? They were cool at some point, but they’re not cool now.

  • Madubbs

    I respect you for that comment

  • AiRsMiTh

    LOL i think wale is talented as far as rappers go but i think this is the funniest comment ive read in awhile, especially because of the context

  • z

    Anything that Americans jack and turn into a fad becomes lame. Being of Caribbean decent, I highly doubt any of these young gang bangers running around with locks in recent years have any cultural ties or knowledge behind.

  • MikeC.

    Grab Royalty Check by Krs and Freddie Foxxx. Grown-up music.

  • cool story bro

    ya man lets hear the history im super interested.

  • The Philosopher

    Guys still haven’t gotten over themselves…

  • commonsense

    you’re beyond an idiot if you think drake is a good artist

  • http://www.facebook.com/evan.boland Evan Boland

    Yes, he is far better. Are you trying to imply that Kendrick Lamar is as good, or close to for that matter, as Eminem?

  • http://www.facebook.com/mick.timbrell Mick Timbrell

    Every verse that either Drake or wale has ever rapped gets owned by any ILL Bill verse from now or ten years ago,period.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    why yes I am

  • Da Real

    started from the bottom, now Leo Rautins know about me! haha

  • fruizm

    Youre an idiot.

  • z

    I’m super not interested. Go read a book.

  • z

    Kendrick is better. His content is better. Any urban kid from the inner cities can relate. He speaks a lot more to my background and struggles than Eminen ever has, and I like Eminem.

  • Trini2DeBone

    Real talk. I always wondered what connection southerners have with locks, other than making a part of other people’s culture in a fad. It’s kind of annoying to see.

  • KBM

    No it ain’t dead, it just moved to the underground.

  • Robby Smith

    I wish jack armstrong was broadcasting that night. Get this gahbage outta here!