JAY-Z doesn’t believe LeBron James has the Empire State of Mind.
LeBron posted a photo on Instagram last week with him standing on the Knicks logo calling himself the king of the New York. JAY-Z responded to the post during a concert at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.
The 47-year-old rapper told Cleveland that he’s the one who runs the town.
“I told him, ‘Hey man, you my guy and all that, but you can’t be taking pictures at The Garden talking about you’re the king of New York, so I told him I’m coming to Cleveland. I’m the king of Cleveland now,” JAY-Z said.
JAY-Z then invited fans on stage to take pictures with him, in what he called “the first picture with the king of Cleveland.”
The NBA All-Star and legendary rapper are friends, so it’s likely the two were just taking shots at each other in good fun.
LeBron started to troll New York and the Knicks last week when the Cavaliers came to town. The Knicks had beaten the Cavaliers in their first matchup of the season, but Cleveland was able to squeak out a 104-101 win last Monday.
JAY-Z hasn’t been the only one to fire back at LeBron’s Instagram post.
Jay-Z (l.) told a Cleveland crowd at Quicken Loans Arena that he’s the king, as part of a response to a LeBron James (r.) Instagram post last week.
Enes Kanter said the title of king of New York should go to Kristaps Porzingis.
“We’ve already got a king – it’s Kristaps Porzingis,” Kanter said. “Sorry about that.”
It might be a little early for Porzingis to be considered king, but New Yorkers know that honor doesn’t belong to LeBron.