Lil Wayne focuses on business, fashion
This June 1, 2012 file photo shows Grammy Award winning hip hop artist Lil Wayne, left, and professional skateboarder Stevie Williams celebrating at the launch of their contemporary clothing lines TRUKFIT and DGK at Macy’s stores in Los Angeles. (Photo by Katy Winn/Invision, file)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — With a clothing line and a powerhouse group of artists under his umbrella, Lil Wayne claims he's trying to stay above the fray.
The rapper says "there's no beef" between himself and Pusha T, despite back-and-forth diss songs released in recent weeks. Conflict between the two, simmering for years, boiled over when Pusha T of The Clipse — signed with Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music group — released a track targeting Lil Wayne and his Young Money signee Drake.
Lil Wayne, who rarely responds in such cases, quickly released a brief song online called "Ghoulish" aimed at Pusha T "and anybody that love him."
But in an interview at a Los Angeles Macy's department store to promote his skateboarding-inspired Trukfit clothing line, Lil Wayne told The Associated Press he doesn't plan to escalate the Pusha T conflict. He's got business — and fashion — on his mind.
AP: What's next musically? And what happened in the beef between you and Pusha T?
Lil Wayne: I just finished recording my "I Am Not a Human Being II" album. And we're starting to work on the Young Money album. ... It really wasn't no beef, you know. It was just me. I just reacted. Just a reaction, a simple reaction. I don't apologize for it because I'm human. But it was just my human reaction. I don't take it back. But there's no beef. Beef is a whole different thing. ... I'll move on.
AP: Do you consider yourself the most stylish rapper out there? How has your style evolved?
LW: I do not consider myself the most stylish rapper out there. I'd say if I had to consider someone the most stylish rapper out there, I would definitely say that would be a Kanye West or a Andre 3000. ... Yes it (my style) has evolved because I was one of the guys that would "geek chic" it every now and then. ... Now I'm just more into whatever works for me. I think that's just age.
FILE - In this June 1, 2012 file photo shows Grammy Award winning Hip Hop Icon, Lil Wayne, celebrating the launch of his contemporary clothing line, TRUKFIT at Macy's, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Katy Winn/Invision, File)
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