Grammy-winning rapper Lupe Fiasco has stepped forward to provide some clarity on his hard-hitting “SLR 2″ late summer track and whether or not he took aim at Kendrick Lamar with the “Control” response.
Despite the speculation, Fiasco revealed “SLR 2″ had more to do with what followed after “Control” premiered last summer rather than K. Dot himself.
“It wasn’t more directed at the response for ‘Control.’ It was directed at the wave that ‘Control’ made, where it tried to make everybody else obsolete,” Lupe explained in an interview. “There was no ill will in it, but let’s establish dominance. If you finna be nice and you finna say that you finna be nicest, then you have to be the nicest and you have to be the nicest in everything that you do from now on.” (Power 106 FM)
Back in mid-August, the Chicago rapper appeared to unload 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″)
Days later, Fiasco kept the attention on himself with an immediate follow-up.
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 weeks ago, Lamar’s “Love Game” collaborator Eminem offered a take on last summer’s “Control” track.
“I don’t know if he needs advice. He seems like he’s got a really good head on his shoulders, man. He’s very smart and you can tell by the way he put his album together for one. He’s like a hip-hop head, man, he just loves hip-hop. And obviously the way that he did the “Control” verse, it was almost like if you get mad at him, then you might look foolish. He set it up so that you can’t really get mad at a lot of that shit he said because it was what every other MC is already thinking. Or you should be thinking.” (Rolling Stone)
Check out Lupe Fiasco’s interview: