Tell us how you really feel, Lupe...
Lupe Fiasco has landed himself in some hot water by challenging the legitimacy of Kendrick Lamar’s lyricism on Twitter. In a since deleted tweet, the rapper most notable for his 2006 song “Kick, Push” explained to a fan that he didn’t consider K. Dot to be an “elite” top-tier lyricist.
Since “retiring” from music, Lupe spends most of his time playing competitive video games and analyzing rap music on social media. When one fan asked him who he thought was the better rapper between Logic and Kendrick Lamar, he responded with this:
I’ll put it to you like this. K. Dot is not a top tier lyricist to me and my standards when it comes to punchlines and bars. His overall lyrics are good, his stories phenomenal, but punchline entendre lyrically I don’t see it.
Kendrick, who is up for a backpack full of Grammys with his 2017 album DAMN. has yet to respond, but this is hip-hop and you can’t just go around saying stuff like that without repercussions.
Not Lupe’s First Shot
This isn’t the first time Lupe Fiasco has thrown shade at Kendrick in 2018. Just last week, the Chicago MC called out K. Dot in yet another since deleted tweet, claiming that Kendrick and SZA’s artwork for their single “All The Stars” was too similar to his Drogas Light album aesthetic.
Dave Free, president of Kendrick’s label TDE, responded to Lupe with even more shade, “@LupeFiasco go kick & push yourself into a tree with these wild allegations.”
In truth, Lupe may have been making a joke that was blown out of proportion. The two pieces look nothing alike. Still, it wasn’t a good look for the video game enthusiast/rapper to be running his mouth like that.
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So Why Keep Going?
Many see Lupe Fiasco’s career as well past its expiration date. It’s been over a decade since he was the darling of the backpack rappers, but one must give credit where credit is due. At least Lupe didn’t try and say that Kendrick’s lyrics were utter trash, because it seems he only has an issue with his punchline lyricism.
Perhaps Lupe misspoke and should have said he doesn’t consider Kendrick a “top-tier punchline rapper” so that he could have avoided all of this mess.
After one Twitter user clapped back at Lupe, telling him that one of Kendrick’s songs is better than his entire catalog, Lupe still wouldn’t back down…
“I’ve never been destroyed,” he responded. “Also the only issue that the world thinks I have with K. Dot and I actually do is that I think his ‘Control’ verse was wack and super overhyped to be a verse claiming you are the best rapper. It was very weird. I was told it was just bait, but still.”
Firing shots at a rapper who is at the top of his game and claiming that you’ve “never been destroyed” sounds like horrible advice. Although Kendrick has never really been one to beef too hard with other rappers, it seems like now would be a better time than ever to throw his two cents in on the situation.
Also, who wouldn’t love to hear a Lupe vs. Kendrick diss track exchange to settle this once and for all?
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