Nelly and Lil Wayne might have been at the forefront of 2000s hip-hop, but the rap legends are apparently just like everyone else when it comes to the latest tech.
On Friday, Nelly’s name was trending on Twitter after social media users poked fun at his recent attempt at a live Instagram chat with Lil Wayne. A video clip of the conversation begins with Lil Wayne asking Nelly why he could see people’s comments at the bottom of the screen.
Nelly then reassured he could see the comments too, saying viewers seemed to be “talking to us”.
“Someone said, ‘Are you okay?'” continued Nelly.
“Can I – may I smoke in here?” Lil Wayne then asked, frowning.
“Yes, I hope so,” Nelly replied. “I am.”
Lil Wayne went on to inquire as to why Nelly’s face “appeared to sparkle,” citing a filter that had somehow been applied. Nelly jokingly asked what Lil Wayne was smoking – which provoked laughter – before trying to figure out something on his end of the screen.
The Twitter account My Mixtapez, which covers hip-hop news, covered the heartwarming exchange in a tweet Friday morning.
“Lil Wayne & Nelly just 2 legends learning to use IG live‼️,” they wrote, adding a laughing emoji.
Another Twitter user joked that the two rappers might have been having a senior moment.
“Old ass is confused as hell,” user @Flghtchiartist tweeted Thursday, which has since gone viral.
“[T]The fact that Nelly and Lil Wayne don’t know how to use IG Live is hilarious,” tweeted user @__RiseAbove_.
Twitter user @becaponi said watching the exchange felt quite surreal.
“Nelly and Lil Wayne are live right now shooting blunts on IG,” she tweeted. “It’s like a fever dream from the 2000s.”
Nelly was in the news this week for other reasons too.
On Monday, complex released a video interview with the 47-year-old rapper, in which he blamed a spike in Nike shoe sales. Nelly, who had smash hit with 2002’s “Air Force Ones,” claimed that the single may have also led to other hip-hop artists landing sneaker deals.
“Anyone who got Nike shoe deals and all that has to thank us now,” he said complex. “We opened Nike’s eyes to a lot of that. They didn’t do that back then.”
news week has reached out to Nelly and a Lil Wayne representative for comment.