Grammy-winning rapper Ludacris has finally responded to Drake and taken aim at Big Sean after getting accused of using the “Supa Dupa” flow pioneered from Kanye West‘s protege.
On his new “Bada Boom” record, Luda wastes no time in clearing the air and denying being a flow jacker.
“I’m the truth in this booth and you n*ggas all h*es,” Luda raps. “Counterfeit rappers say I’m stealing they flows, but I can’t steal what you never made up b*tch/Y’all some duplicate rap cloning n*ggas/I manufacture you h*es put on your makeup b*tch. … Let me explain, nothing’s been new since Big Daddy Kane/Flows’ll get recycled, passed around to different names — Y’all get a couple hit records, make some noise and have the nerve to start shouting?/Who’s gassing ‘em?/ … May not like the way I used it, but you know you ain’t invent it, boy/Do your research before you make a claim so bogus that’s disrespecting pioneers in the game … ‘My Chick Bad’ went platinum, still winning motherf*cker!” (“Bada Boom”)
Luda has also reportedly been confronted about the record this week.
Although Luda doesn’t mention names, it is quite obvious he is addressing Drake and Big Sean. When asked about the song this morning on Shade 45’s “Sway In The Morning” radio program, Luda didn’t reveal who he was going at on the song, but did want all the listeners to know he was only defending himself. “I don’t start these things, I finish them,” Cris told Sway. Luda also addresses the controversy on “History Lesson,” another joint off his 1.21 Gigawatts: Back To the First Time mixtape. On the track, Cris plays snippets of songs from throughout the years, where MCs such as Notorious B.I.G., Method Man, Cam’ron and Q-Tip used the infamous “pause, stop” flow. (XXL Mag)
In March, Big Sean gave his reaction to Drake calling out Luda for borrowing the rhyming scheme.
“With the super duper flow, I created that one word rhyme style,” Big Sean said in an interview. “Drake really made it more popular, but Drake gave me the credit and was like, ‘I really got that from Big Sean.’ I think some artists just did it so wack man. Every time I say names I get in trouble and it’s like I’m dissing, but some people used it wack. If he said Ludacris used it wack, hey. Don’t get it wrong I’m not trying to dis Ludacris or nothing. He’s a great MC. But even though that style got so overused, there was a lot of people who did it great and there was a lot of people who didn’t do it so great. People always ask me was you mad that people took that style from you. I’m like, ‘Nah, that went and shows me how far I can go as an artist.’ I feel like I changed hip-hop. I haven’t even dropped an album yet. So that goes to show me how powerful my mind is.'” (RapFix)
Last year, Drake spoke on Luda’s use of the “supa dupa” flow on his “My Chick Bad” record.
“Well, that flow has been killed by so many rappers. And, I never want to use that flow again in life. [Laughs] I wanted to take if off my album, because I was like, ‘I shut ‘em down. Onyx.’ I hate the fact that that rhyme is still in there. To be honest, that flow, you can trace it back to like…I trace it back to Big Sean (artist on Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music). That’s the first guy I heard utilize that flow throughout the duration of a verse. I’ll give him that credit. I think Kanye got it from him. Me and Wayne found a dope way to do it. I don’t want to sound cocky, but the best way its been used was on “Forever.” Those lines just all individually make so much sense. They’re all punchlines. Then a bunch of rappers started doing it and using the most terrible references in the world. I don’t want to offend somebody…I hate that rappers picked that flow up. I wish they had left that for people that know how to use it. [They go like] “It’s a parade! MACY’S!” (All Hip Hop)
Check out “Bada Boom” below: