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Hip hop MC Wale and Raptors commentator Matt Devlin talk trash

Hip-hop MC Wale.

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It's beef time again, and we're not talking horsemeat.

In one corner, Wale – hip-hop MC, member of Rick Ross's Maybach Music Group, avowed Seinfeld fan (he first attracted notice for his The Mixtape About Nothing, a clever album themed around the series). In the other, Toronto Raptors announcer Matt Devlin.

The basketball commentator noticed newly minted Raps star Rudy Gay making the "call me" hand gesture at the rapper, who was attending the Raptors-Washington Wizards match in his native D.C., wrongly interpreted it as a dis and talked some light-to-moderate trash about Wale, referring to him as a "local rapper," and taunting, "He's no Drake, that's for sure."

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Devlin didn't know whom he was messing with. Wale's second album, 2011's Ambition, sold almost half a million copies, but to hip-hop heads he is more famous for being a fight-picker extraordinaire. Wale has skirmished with fellow MCs, model Rosa Acosta and even Osama bin Laden's alleged mistress, so Devlin shouldn't have been surprised when the rapper immediately tweeted "watch your mouth" at him, then stood next to the broadcast booth and yelled a lot.

Mercifully, the situation was defused faster than you can say Metta World Peace, and the Devlin and Wale camps pronounced it all a big misunderstanding.

This beef has been tenderized.

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Dave Morris joined the Globe and Mail in 2010 as Associate Editor of Report on Business Magazine. Born in St. John's, he graduated from Princeton University in 2003 and has written for publications including The Walrus and Maisonneuve. He has been nominated twice for Canada's National Magazine Awards. More


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