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.
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."