Grammy-winning rapper Lupe Fiasco has taken direct aim at popular music publication SPIN Magazine by launching a boycott campaign over its critique of his new “B*tch Bad” record.
Fiasco took to his Twitter page Thursday (August 23) to go directly at SPIN.
“Spin Magazine really be on one…so #BitchBad is “half- baked conscious hip-hop” huh? I see why you call yourself “Spin” cuz that’s all u do,” he tweeted.
“To not like an artist soooo much you sure spend an awful lot of time cooking up eloquent garbage about him…stop reaching…it’s sad.”
“Sensationalism and half-truth runs the media. Practice real journalism or put fold out boy band posters in your mag and call it a day.”
“Yeah I think a #SpinMagazineBoycott may be in order…sick of the foolishness ..”
“So yeah now you have my undivided and unshakable attention #BoycottSpinMagazine “All that I can stands and I can’t stands no more”…”
“It is there opinion…I agree…and my opinion is #BoycottSpinMagazine So I guess we’re even…tshirts coming soon…” (Lupe Fiasco’s Twitter)
The rap star also promised to keep fueling the boycott campaign into next week.
“I let a lot of things slide I don’t care if you despise the song But this is ur 2nd article where you’ve publicly disrespected me personally”
“Its consequences and repercussions 2 constantly poking even the tamest of lions. Ive done my best but now its Fuck You #BoycottSpinMagazine”
“Now I’m going to sleep @notrivia but I’ll be checking in on you all week and next now u can say all that you want directly to me. Ok? Peace.”
“Oh #BoycottSpinMagazine #FNFARMY” (Lupe Fiasco’s Twitter)
SPIN’s “B*tch Bad” music video critique write-up hit the Internet yesterday.
“B*tch Bad” is, to play Lupe’s game and get histrionic, how you “debase” a “culture.” You twist a rap song into poorly thought-out grab for attention, and give it a muddled video, all under the guise of “starting a conversation,” which implicitly suggests that rap music isn’t having these conversations already. The use of the word “bitch,” sensitively deconstructed by Jay-Z on “99 Problems,” and currently being twisted and challenged by Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj, and many more female MCs, proves that the discussion doesn’t need a backpack rap hustler selling cynicism. (SPIN)
The debate has drawn the attention of music critics from other established publications.
The right response from Fiasco would be to brush off his shoulders, and freestyle (who does that anymore?) about it on YouYube. But apparently he reads Spin and is a complete twat about people’s opinions of him. So, he created a hash on Twitter to boycott the magazine: “Yeah, I think a #SpinMagazineBoycott may be in order…sick of the foolishness …” Now we’re sorta given the scraps of what modern-day beefs are: Dudes like Lupe Fiasco starting sh*t with alternative, geeky music magazines, on Twitter of all places, to get record sales. Newspapers and magazines already have a hard time adapting to business model after business model to stay afloat– not that Lupe Fiasco will make a dent anyway. (Broward Palm Beach)
Check out Lupe Fiasco’s “B*tch Bad” below: