05/31/2012 05:15 EDT | Updated 05/31/2012 05:18 EDT

Drake-T. Boone Pickens Exchange Amuses Twitterati

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A few years ago, it would have been pretty unusual for an aging American billionaire to engage in a public debate with a young Canadian rapper, but thanks to Twitter, all that is changing.

When rapper Drake took to Twitter on Wednesday to boast about his money-making, he was reminded that there are others out there who have a lot more bling than he does -- by no one other than T. Boone Pickens, the billionaire chairman of BP Capital and famed corporate raider from the 1980s.

The first million is the hardest,” Drake Tweeted Wednesday.

That prompted a response from Pickens. “The first billion is a helluva lot harder,” he tweeted.

The Toronto-born rapper quickly conceded defeat. Pickens “just stunted on me heavy,” Drake tweeted.

The exchange launched a furor of re-tweets and comments on Twitter.

Can't wait for Drake's upcoming duet with T-Boone Pickens,” Twitterer Don Sears quipped.

Regardless of whether or not this turns into a lucrative new music career for Pickens, it does beg the question: Why is an 84-year-old billionaire following a 25-year-old rapper, anyway?