Grammy-winning rapper Lupe Fiasco appears hungry for the “King of Hip Hop” crown after telling recent Chicago concertgoers to spread the word that he is the best artist in the game right now.
Referencing Jay-Z and Kanye West‘s Watch the Throne plus Lil Wayne‘s Tha Carter IV, Fiasco freestyled his greatness during a University of Illinois show.
“When you’re done Watching The Throne, turn around and watch me, when you’re done with Tha Carter IV come back to me for more, when you’re done with that Drake, no, I ain’t trying to hate but I’m back up on my grind and I’m about to skaaaaate on these n*ggas….Put it on your blog and your Tumblrs on your Twitters that Lupe said that he’s the best, n*gga!” (The LupEND Blog)
In April, Fiasco also proclaimed his greatness as a lyricist.
Fiasco admitted that he made a more [pop-sounding] album than he would have liked with Lasers and isn’t proud of the artistic compromises he had to make. While he might not feel comfortable making pop music, Lupe is confident with his skills on the mic; even going as far as calling himself one of the best lyrical MCs in the game at the moment. “I can actually make the argument, seriously, that, Yo, I’m better than all y’all,” he boasted. “You have people who can say that. Jay-Z can say that. Eminem can say that. Canibus can say that–if we are going line for line. If you want to relate me to the newer cats, let’s go. Let’s go line for line and bar for bar. If it’s all about spitting and metaphors and MCing and lyrics and entendres, I will eat 99 percent of you dudes up.” (XXL Mag)
Last year, Lupe talked about not wanting to achieve the same fame as rap mogul Jay-Z.
”There’s a misunderstanding with my fanbase,” he said in an interview. ”People [at Warner] feel they know my fans more than I do. They want me to step out of my comfort zone and step into theirs. I don’t have necessarily the celebrity success they want me to have but it’s more social success and being able to speak at a college about world affairs. That’s a success, to me. ‘I don’t want to be Jay-Z and be worth $400 million and perform on every awards show. It’s getting in touch with somebody who needs to improve their self-esteem. As opposed to driving a Bentley and putting some chains on.” (The Age)
Following his interview, Fiasco later clarified his remarks.
“Jay-Z’s a personal friend of mine,” Lupe said in an interview. “[He] executive-produced my first album. [My comments were] just an example using him of how people rate success. There’s an idea of the status quo that every rapper wants to be Jay-Z. Nah. Every rapper does not want to be Jay-Z. Every rapper don’t wanna be Kanye West. Everybody don’t wanna be Lil Wayne. They wanna be who they are. … You’re a fool trying to chase that success down and manage it like that. I always look at my success as further than a dollar sign, further than record sales. … Everybody thinks because you’re black and you’re from the ‘hood, you wanna be Jay-Z. There’s kids who wanna be astrophysicists and don’t care about rap. That should be OK. You should be OK just being you, working your regular job and being happy. That’s why I made that statement. I felt it need to be said.” (MTV)
Check out Lupe Fiasco’s freestyle below: