Hip Hop fans took to Twitter on Friday (January 21) to debate who had nicer bars — Black Thought or Royce Da 5’9 — but the latter wanted no part of that debate. As the topic started to pick up steam, the former Slaughterhouse MC quickly reacted to the snowballing argument.

“Please don’t do this,” Royce wrote on Twitter as he re-shared the since-deleted Instagram post asking “Who is the niceest with the Bars.”

While Royce Da 5’9 clearly didn’t want to entertain the Black Thought debate, he was happy to address Lil Xan at the tail end of 2021.

“Ladies and Gentlemen I do believe we’ve just witnessed our first Male Karen moment in Hip Hop,” Royce wrote of the “Betrayed” rapper on Instagram on December 31. His response was due to Lil Xan outing his ex-manager Stat Quo for allegedly supplying him with prescription pills while he was actively fighting against his addiction. Regardless of the circumstances, Royce believed the namedrop to be dishonorable.

Still, Royce’s comments about Lil Xan spurred on others to condemn the 25-year-old’s actions. Producer Sonny Digital wrote, “Nah for real” in agreement with Royce, while veteran A&R Dante Ross wrote Lil Xan was “super trash.”

In a 2021 interview with HipHopDX, the 44-year-old opened up about his own past struggles with substances, saying he started his destructive journey with alcohol after taking his first sip with Dr. Dre. He put the bottle down and, as of September 2021, celebrated nine years of sobriety.