Needless to say, Flex had thoughts — one of which was his belief there’s currently no one in the game that can hold a flame to fellow Brooklyn rap legend Busta Rhymes.
“You want me to tell you who would beat JAY-Z at a Verzuz? Hands down embarrass him?” he asked, before answering boldly: “Busta Rhymes would spank anybody in a Verzuz.”
He added: “There is no one that will beat Busta Rhymes as a solo artist in a Verzuz… Maybe it could be a tie with Missy [Elliott].”
Check out the interview below:
Later, Funk Flex chimed in on Memphis Bleek’s claim that Nas simply doesn’t have enough hits in his catalog to compete with Jay in a Verzuz.
“Nas has enough songs, but Jay’s swagger is strong. That’s very hard,” he said. “If you’re talking JAY-Z-Nas, they’re equal in music, but Jay’s swagger on that stage might edge him out. He has a lot of swag.”
He added: “Nas is a weird G.O.A.T. I think lyrically, they’re both 10s, but they’re really two different styles to me. Lyrics, Nas edges JAY-Z. Swag, JAY-Z edges Nas. That’s my personal opinion.”
When asked if LL COOL J fits into the mix at all, Flex replied: “He’s a weird G.O.A.T. as well. I’ve seen him ruin a lot of careers, so his track record of battling is enormous.
“But Nas, LL and JAY-Z are all multi-platinum artists with different styles, so I don’t know who would win that. That’s probably a three-way tie because if you really… but I can’t call who would win that!”
This certainly isn’t the first time that Funk Flex has (somewhat indirectly) challenged Busta Rhymes. Last year, the Hot 97 DJ called out the Flipmode Squad general for not releasing much in the way of new music for quite some time.
“Busta Rhymes, you making a lot of tour money. I see you putting out independent records, holding onto a lot of bread. You been getting money for alooooooot of years,” Flex said on his radio show.
“If anybody sees Busta Rhymes, you call him and you at him and you tell him I challenge him to get me a song in six days. Busta Rhymes, do you accept the challenge or not?”
One week later, Busta dropped not one but two new tracks. “WE DON’T DODGE ANY CHALLENGERS GET IT FLEX!!!” he wrote on Instagram. “AAAAARRRGGHH!!!! TWO MISSILES TONIGHT!!! @funkflex YOU READY!!!!”