News: Lupe Fiasco Breaks Down Soulja Boy's "Super Lyrical" Remarks [Video]
Tuesday, Nov 23, 2010 10:05PM
Grammy-winning rapper Lupe Fiasco has shed light and broken down the meaning behind Soulja Boy Tell Em recently referencing him as an emcee who is too lyrical with his wordplay.
Speaking at a Radio One Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina last weekend, Fiasco offered his input into Soulja Boy's comments.
"He don't want to be 'super Lupe Fiasco lyrical' and say stuff people don't understand," Fiasco said during a Radio One Conference panel in North Carolina. "That's putting the context on it [but XXL Magazine] were actually talking about his songs. So they said, 'Why you got records where you're really going lyrical?' Lyrical in the sense where you're using metaphors, similes, double entendres, big words. They're like, 'Why do you have songs like that but then on the same time, you got songs like 'Pretty Boy Swag' which you're not lyrical at all.' [Soulja Boy] said, 'Well every song doesn't have to be super Lupe Fiasco lyrical.' Every song has to be what that song is. Some songs have to be simple because they need to be simple, because you can't rap that many words on it. Just using that as a simple example. Some songs are just a hook and a beat and you don't need to get in the way of that. Some songs are a wack beat and you got to keep working on it -- you gotta make this outfit work because it don't really match -- every song doesn't have to be super lyrically complex and at the same time, too, you need those songs that 'are' like that. There's the balance but that's a completely artistic, subjective thing. Subjective in that it's just what you want. There's no rules in the music business and don't nobody know what's going to work. Half of it is we all do it the best that we can, be academic about it and the rest is I hope the world is going to like it." (The Source)
Soulja Boy initially stated he felt Fiasco's rhymes were too difficult for listeners to comprehend.
In XXL's November 2010 issue, on stands now, SB tells us he has grown as an MC. "I can't keep playin' around, because if you keep playin' around, people are gonna think you're a joke," he said in the piece, written by contributor Matt Barone. "At some point, you have to get serious." But don't get it twisted, Soulja doesn't wanna be the next Lupe Fiasco. "I don't want to be super-Lupe-Fiasco-lyrical and n*ggas don't know what the f*ck I'm talking about," he added. "I want to be the best," he continued. "I want to be recognized in that category where I'm nominated for Best Rapper with Jay-Z and Kanye and Wayne. I wanna get a Grammy. I want Best Rap Album of the Year... I've made millions of dollars off of doing my style, but, hey, I can rap, too." (XXL Mag)
Following Soulja Boy's comments, Fiasco hit up Twitter to shed light on the situation.
"SUPER LYRIC DAT HO! YUUUULE!!! @XXLStaff: Soulja Boy: "I Don't Wanna be Super-Lupe-Fiasco-Lyrical"... http://bit.ly/bQCsZz," Lupe tweeted yesterday (November 4).
"Lemme see...LYRIC BOY SWAG, U CAN'T UNDERSTAND ME CUZ MY LYRIC BOY SWAG!!! Hahaha..."
"I like the lil homey Souljah...he doing his thang...to each his own..M.O.E!" (Lupe Fiasco's Twitter)
Lupe later released a track called "Super Lupe Rap" which was a direct response to Soulja's remarks.
Taking Soulja's dis as a challenge, Lupe responded in the best way he knows how -- recording a killer new track, "S.L.R. (Super Lupe Rap)". Behold the latest rap superhero, Super Lyrical Lupe: "In this world I'm so alone / In a category all my own," boasts Lupe. Produced by Soundtrakk, this thumping, groovy track throws metaphors around like they're high-fives: "Flow is so nuts the track is getting tea-bagged / Just wanna rap nice, that ain't me." And as for Soulja insulting Lupe's penchant for a cornocopia of words in his raps, he puts it succinctly: "Soulja call it Super Lupe Lyrical / You can't understand me or mimic my miracles." (Idolator)
Check out Lupe Fiasco speaking on Soulja Boy Tell Em below: