N.O.R.E. has called Symba his “favorite artist” in the game right now and even saluted him for having the confidence to call out Funk Flex on his own radio show.
The Drink Champs host was in Oakland, California over the weekend, where he hung out with Symba and his crew. According to N.O.R.E., he had to come out to Oakland to link with the “GOAT” rapper and praised him for confronting Funk Flex in September 2022.
Symba was a guest on Flex’s Hot 97 radio show and used his freestyle to confront the legendary DJ for disrespecting 2Pac over the years.
“The best artist — not West Coast, not East Coast — is my bro right here,” N.O.R.E. said as he embraced Symba. “That man came to New York and looked at Funk Flex in his eye and said, ‘You gon’ stop this shit!’ And Flex stopped it from right then and there, and I respected it.”
The LeFrak City native then explained his love for The Bay Area and revealed his 1999 sophomore album Melvin Flynt – Da Hustler was inspired by a trip he made to Fillmore Street in San Francisco.
“Yo, you a real one, my n-gga,” he added. “I’m a Yay Area n-gga, I just want y’all to know. The reason why I made the whole Melvin Flynt is Fillmore Street. I went to Fillmore Street and I thought I was a pimp, but I ain’t have shit. The citch chose me and I ain’t even wanna be chosen! I was like, ‘What the fuck?'”
N.O.R.E. continued to heap high praise on Symba by comparing the up-and-coming lyricist to one of Hip Hop’s all-time greats, Nas.
“I’m out here in Oakland, but it’s not because Oakland is one of my favorite places on the West Coast, it’s because you’re my favorite artist right now,” he said. “Nah, for real. You’re like Nas to me.”
Symba has already received huge co-signs from the likes of Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Lil Wayne, and calling out Funk Flex during his aforementioned freestyle has only brought more attention to him.
For years, Flex had dissed 2Pac for allegedly lying about the 1994 Quad Studios shooting by claiming The Notorious B.I.G. and Diddy had set him up.
“Flex, it’s an honor to meet you, but let’s be clear / I’ve done had a bone to pick with yo ass for four years / You’ve been a big part of this culture my whole life / So what I’m ’bout to say almost don’t feel right / You say some wild shit, most times you actually right / But all that disrespecting 2Pac shit stops tonight,” Symba rapped over Wu-Tang Clan’s “C.R.E.A.M.” instrumental.
He continued: “As a West Coast n-gga, ‘Pac gave all of us pride / That’s why when you said what you said we was surprised / How you wait 20-something years he died / To come on this muthafucka and keep screaming, ‘He lied!’
“And he ain’t alive to tell his side / But I ain’t mad at you ’cause you was speaking your mind / To keep it real, you said what’s on half of these n-ggas’ minds / Just the next time you say it don’t sound like you ’bout to cry.”
Symba spoke about confronting Flex during a recent sit-down with HipHopDX. The Results Take Time MC said he knew he had to say something because of his growing voice and presence in the culture.
“I think a lot of people felt like that, and I think when I heard I was going to go up there, I was like, ‘Man, I got to say something,'” he said. “I feel like I’m that person in the culture, like I’m becoming that person to where it’s like the shit everybody thinks, I gotta say it.
“But I’m going to say it in a way where we all could have a conversation about it. It’s not like we dissing each other or we gotta be violent towards each other. Nah, let’s have this conversation, Flex.”