Jay Z Congratulates Toronto Raptors On "Hard Fought Series" Against Brooklyn Nets

posted May 05, 2014 09:00:00 AM CDT | 12 comments

Jay Z Congratulates Toronto Raptors On "Hard Fought Series" Against Brooklyn Nets

Jay Z also references The Notorious B.I.G. in his Twitter message to the Toronto Raptors.

Jay Z, a former owner of the NBA's Brooklyn Nets, sent a message to the team's 2014 first-round playoff rival, the Toronto Raptors yesterday (May 4). 

"Congrats Toronto on a hard fought series. #spreadloveitsthebrooklynway," Jay Z says in a Twitter update, the emcee's first since July 2013. 

The Nets advanced to the second round of the NBA Playoffs with the team's Game 7 victory of 104-103. 

Jay Z was referenced during Game 1 of the series by Drake, an ambassador for the Toronto Raptors. 

“Jay Z is somewhere eating a fondue plate,” Drake said at the time. “It’s our time. We’ve got to keep it competitive. This is an ironic match-up.”

In Game 6, the Brooklyn Nets featured Drake in the team's home arena's big screens. The rapper was filmed as if he were wearing a Nets jersey. 

During this series, the Raptors also gave fans lint rollers inspired by Drake. A lint roller from this event was later sold on eBay for $55,000

Drake and Jay Z have traded barbs throughout this year. During a February Rolling Stone interview, Drake critiqued Jay Z for art references in raps. Jay Z responded to the criticism on Jay Electronica's "We Made It," saying, "Sorry, Mrs. Drizzy, for so much art talk."

RELATED: Drake: "Jay Z Is Somewhere Eating A Fondue Plate"

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