News: After Initial Kendrick Lamar Response, Lupe Fiasco Drops "SLR 3 (Round of Applause)" [Audio]
Sunday, Aug 18, 2013 11:39AM
Grammy-winning rapper Lupe Fiasco is back at it days after releaseing his "SLR 2" Kendrick Lamar-aimed track with the release of its follow-up.
Appropriately titled "SLR 3," Fiasco resorts back to his witty rhymes and saves a few lines for K. Dot.
Lupe Fiasco has followed up "SLR 2" with "SLR 3," another lyrical onslaught that seems somewhat inspired by Kendrick Lamar's "Control" verse. Lupe doesn't really take shots at Kendrick, but does refer to the verse when he says "So what we got here?/Some top rhyming talking about some top tier/Some top rhyming to some boxed ears?" He also addresses the attention he is receiving on social media, even though his Twitter account is private ("Still gets headlines even though my Twitter locked"). Lupe has proven this week that when motivated, he is still one of the sharpest lyricists. (Complex)
A few days ago, the Chicago rapper unloaded on Lamar's head with his "SLR 2" punchlines.
"Took two sips of the Holy Grail then I backed up and I turned around and I bent over & pittoo'd sh*t/I love Jay, that's my n*gga. I feel sicker than a cruise ship/I ain't competition? I dont' move sh*t? The only opposition's this new sh*t/These new n*ggas rapping like they two/They acting like they you, man ... Now we all heard what he said, but what he said means we dead and that sh*t is insane/He's so crazy, look at the little baby/N*gga you ain't Nas, n*gga you ain't Jay Z/You will respect me, you will reject me/But I've done so much, no matter how far you go, you will reflect me" ("SLR 2")
"Control's" Big Sean stepped forward to speak on Lamar's lyrics earlier in the week.
"When I heard [Kendrick's] verse I wasn't about to go back and change my verse--that's cheating," Big Sean tells VIBE. "That ain't the way of an O.G. That ain't how G's move. I wanted to [release the song] for the culture of hip-hop as opposed to myself. "It's hip-hop. It's a sport. It should get back to being competitive if that's what people want to do. I ain't no h*e a** n*gga like that to hear a verse like that and be like 'I gotta go back and [rewrite] my sh*t, I gotta go protect myself.' Nah, it is what it is. I'm a good a** rapper. I just want people to remember I had the song. I knew what it was. No, I didn't change my verse because I'm not a h*e a** n*gga. I'm a real a** n*gga from Detroit. I rep for everything that I do. I knew what it was going to do for hip-hop. I knew what it was going to do for the culture. This is the most exciting rap song to drop this year this year. Period." (VIBE)
On the track, Kendrick fills his verse with plenty of name-dropping
Big Sean, 25, took to Twitter to release his latest single, "Control" to his over 4 million Twitter followers, which features 26-year-old rapper Kendrick Lamar. "I'm usually homeboys with the same n****s i'm rhymin wit/But this is hip hop and them n****s should know what time it is/And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Wale, Pusha T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake, Big Sean, Jay Electron', Tyler, Mac Miller/I got love for you all but I'm tryna murder you n****s/Tryna make sure your core fans never heard of you n****s." He also has a verse that says: "I'm Machiavelli's offspring, I'm the king of New York/King of the Coast, one hand, I juggle them both." (Hollywood Life)
Check out "SLR 3":