Lupe Fiasco Reacts to Kendrick Lamar’s New Verse


Last night Jay Electronica popped up on Big Sean’s “Control,” and for the first time in a long string of random Jay Electronica appearances, Jay Electronica wasn’t the topic of conversation. That’s because also featured on the song is Kendrick Lamar, and he delivered what will undoubtedly be one of the most talked about rap verses of the year. An excerpt:

Bout who’s the best MC? Kendrick, Jigga and Nas
Eminem, André 3000, the rest of y’all
New n*ggas just new n*ggas, don’t get involved
And I ain’t rockin no more designer shit
White T’s and Nike Cortez, this is red Corvettes anonymous
I’m usually homeboys with the same n*ggas I’m rhyming with
But this is hip-hop and them n*ggas should know what time it is
And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big KRIT, Wale
Pusha T, Meek Millz, A$AP Rocky, Drake
Big Sean, Jay Electron’, Tyler, Mac Miller
I got love for you all but I’m tryna murder you n*ggas
Trying to make sure your core fans never heard of you n*ggas
They don’t wanna hear not one more noun or verb from you n*ggas

It wasn’t like people were disputing that Kendrick Lamar had already earned a spot among hip-hop’s elite, but hearing him claim that spot so confidently—and drop names in the process—was exciting. One name that didn’t get mentioned in the Kendrick verse was Lupe Fiasco, but Lupe still felt the need to react. He hit up Twitter to explain how people are so easily impressed these days, one thing led to another, and Lupe ended up ghostwriting responses for different rappers, per his fans’ requests. See how the whole thing unfolded below.

UPDATE: After going off on Twitter about the bar being so low and people being easily impressed, Lupe did reply, “I liked it!” in response to one fan asking what he thought of the Kendrick verse. Whether or not that was sarcastic or serious is unclear.

  • senorwoohoo

    Lupe Fiasco is insane.

  • thetrilltroll

    I could hear the rappers Lupe was impersonating while reading through those tweets. Lupe nailed it.

  • Khoko

    I like how he really did respond in the way each rapper would. Lupe, has some issues but the dude has a great gift for lyricism. Plus that new verse from Kendrick is pretty wack.

  • buttockickers

    He has the point, the kendrick verse is terrible. you cant use nigga as your rhyme three lines in a row.

  • #

    Man, I hope everyone just realized that Kendrick ignited one of the most controversial verse in rap in a long time.

    Maybe that was his plan all along. Make it to the top, then use his status to taunt the best out of every rapper in the rap game. If you’re anywhere near his marketing radar, you’d catch feelings from this verse. Maybe then, hip-hop will get out of its “2 Chainz-lyrical” slump.

  • ONMY88SHiT

    Lupe should just let it slide.. I feel what he’s saying but it’s pointless. People will just think he’s mad for not being named among the ‘best’ by Kendrick but that’s not his point at all.

    Superior lyricists like Elzhi or Black Thought will never get their props in the mainstream but maybe it is better that way.

  • D__

    Well if he was only rhyming the end word that would be true, internal rhymes.

  • thetrilltroll

    I agree about Elzhi and Black Though but I still can’t believe Kendrick name dropped Jay Electronica, Jay E is one of the greatest rappers of our time and possibly one of the best rappers ever.

  • Jay

    Whats funny is that klamar already made a freestyle with absoul where dropped names similar to control, and he mentioned lupe in it. Look up ignorant shit freestyle

  • KingKayrusJr

    Lupe said he liked the verse, go check his twitter, they left it out from here

  • jetlife

    Scary how accurate most of these are lol.

  • Kevin Anthony

    He’s right!! Easily impressed Kendrick is dope but yeah that was not lyrical brilliance it was just really good

  • yah yah yah

    I don’t understand the easily impressed comment. Rap fans who listen to new relevant rap everyday don’t hear verses like that on the regular basis, and if they did it wouldn’t be as impressive, it’s only impressive because we don’t hear it often. Instead of being bitter and cynical he should be out there networking those circles, chopping it up amongst his fellow artist (like Kendrick) then he would be in a position to kick those kinds of verses to the masses as well. I am a big fan of Lupe too, but he’s an outsider because he makes himself an outsider.

  • Harrison D. Boyd

    private twitter*

  • steve

    That 2 chainz verse tho had me weak thats exactly somethin that nigga would say lol

  • Kevin Anthony

    That’s the problem. it’s not being bitter as much as stating the obvious and in a way saying “calm down”. But It’s mad love when hip hop gives us something to get hype about. because like you said “we don’t hear it often”. But his replies are hilarious!!

  • Sol Sallee

    kind of awesome

  • thetrilltroll

    the media eh, twists people’s words and misportrays their messages

  • achali

    lupe has become a hater as an ironic statement to having so many haters lol… down the rabbit hole

  • achali

    lupe has become a hater as an ironic statement to having so many haters lol… down the rabbit hole

  • Frenchie

    Wow..all y’all tripping. This is the essence of hip hop. He said I got luv for ya “but I’m tryna murda u niggas”. Thank you Kendrick. These artists are too comfortable. They make anything and it makes airplay. He’s just striking a match under everybody. Shit, bring your best. Isn’t this what hip hop is all about?

  • nomikal

    Kendrick is one of the best out now, but that verse wasnt that impressive. I think his intent was for it to be hot, but it didnt come across as such. Lupe Would rap circles around all the rappers he mentioned.

  • frenchie

    I totally agree. This is what hip hop needed

  • frenchie

    He’s just gonna have to prove it #realhiphop

  • D O E

    Some of y’all really misunserstood haha. He LOVES Kendrick. He’s show respect for him multiple times. He even said he liked the verse hahaha I mean really.

    Niggas can’t read *Kanye voice*

  • achali

    niggas can read but they don’t because they like to argue lol. lesson one: go look up irony in the dictionary

  • SK

    Kendrick went in, but go back like 15 years and this is what hip hop was like

  • East

    Especially the 2 Chainz one hahaha

  • Cam

    Like he said befor

  • cam

    I mean like he said once, “If i’m not the hottest then Hell must of froze over.

  • Latest

    Lupe you had the spotlight at some point, you didn’t make the best moves possible while you had it, SIT DOWN. kendrick is having fun with it.

  • Michael Johnson

    but its soooo painful that MEN like Black thought don’t get the recognition they deserve, or even TALIB KWELI!!

  • Shauna Horne

    maybe its good to be an outsider everybody dont want to end up like b.o.b rhyming bout bullshit

  • Youngblood Priest
  • I_B_Krillin_It

    i could totally hear MF DOOM spitting some thing like that

  • Jade

    OMG me too, I was dying LOL!

  • The Infamous Jungluv

    ’98 hip hop jig coming into his own with hard knock life, juvie getting pub for 400 degreez (and putting cash money on over no limit) and ‘kast shittin on the game with Aquemini. Hip hop was just coming off diddy and shiny suit era.

    Great time no doubt, but no battle rap/competition between those with the spotlight.

    No disrespect, but might need to go back a few more years my dude.

  • Devin Middleton

    effin hilarious

  • Devin Middleton

    Its b/c Lupe is an extremely good lyricist n he knows exactly what Kendrick’s verse has that ppl are holding onto. It was a great verse, don’t get me wrong, but its not as hard as you think to jam a bunch of words into 1 line n give em the “super lyrical, miracle, in ya swimming pool” raps so to speak. N the call outs were very controversial. Basically, Lupes just saying “I see what you did there”

  • Matthew Bell

    these niggaz are all trash. cat in the hat ass rappers. it’s an embarssment. fuck hip hop

  • Dedric

    Fact is, Kendrick raised the bar. He just basically told all rappers to put up or shut up. A lot of rappers don’t rap to be the best. A lot of popular rappers are tryna make a buck or following corporate orders or whatever non artist motives they have. In general popular rap is pretty much monotonous. Here is someone who’s saying fuck this radio shit, fuck the norm, I’m bout to give better verses. Be better than all these nut ass rappers. Is that not what rap needs? This is a new era in rap and with all this monotony, I think we should praise the fact that this nigga just called everybody out.

  • Confusion

    I’m with it. It’s weird because Kendrick’s album SHOULD have been enough, but I think hip-hop thrives off of this kind of competition, and in this age of brand partnerships and fake friends, this shit is perfect. And so perfectly executed with intensity but without sounding pissed off and personal. Kendrick definitely just raised the bar.

  • petemarriott

    I see it like this…

    If Kendrick’s verse can inspire these lazy rappers to make smart and compelling lyrics with ultra clever wordplay as the focus of the music again, then I’m all for it. The music has been on a creative downward spiral ever since Diddy ushered in the shiny suits and got everyone drunk on sparkling wine putting out corny record after corny record.

    Once others saw him get away with such wackness, that’s how all these other wack rappers that have absolutely no business near a microphone let alone a studio flooded the market with the gross ignorance and idiocy that has dominated the industry since 1997. Leaving the much better skilled and far more talented Artists and Producers out of the mainstream populace.

    Artists like: Jean Grae, Talib Kweli, Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), MF Doom, Junclassic, Homeboy Sandman, Joey Bada$$, Astro, Killah Trakz, Blu, Elzhi, Pac Div, Phonte Coleman, Big Pooh, Tiye Pheonix, DVS Jackson Esq., Common, De La Soul, Q-Tip, Rakim, are far more superior to the current crop of cRap stars that the big corporate machine shoves down the public’s throats on a daily basis, but Americans are incredibly lazy, they rather just accept what’s fed to them by Clear Channel, Emmis and MTV Networks instead supporting music artists who are actually great in their respected crafts.

    So maybe Kendrick’s verse will open the floodgates to a new era where real lyricism and strong beats will dominate the music again and all this fluffy, cotton candy, sugary sweet, bubble gum flavored, high fructose cornball syrup cRap pretending to be hip hop will come to it’s demise.

    One can only hope that #REALHIPHOP will become the norm again.

  • pschase

    Nice Lupe, case closed. Kendrick, just be the king of yo self

  • ash

    He’s a hypocrite, using the word bitches when he made a song protesting people who do that. This dude is just another preachy, over-rated rapper (LIKE HOPSIN).

  • Matt Taylor

    ASTRO takin shots at lamar

  • SK

    haha you’re right I just kinda threw out 15 years. I still can’t believe its already 2013

  • krossoverking

    Damn son, you didn’t get the message in that song, ya bish.

  • Kendall Walls

    The Rick Ross one had me crying XD

  • Kendall Walls

    I think he mentioned him because he was on the song with him.

  • Cachie

    Good point, but you forgot a really important person on that list of your, or rather a group…the legendary roots

  • thetrilltroll

    His discography already proved it.

  • petemarriott

    There’s far more than that I left out on my list of favorites, but we’d be here all year reading that list and the point of the message would’ve been lost. #REALHIPHOP heads know the science.

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