Shhhh, Don’t Tell Lupe…

I was listening to the Lupe Fiasco ‘Superstar’ remix and, I was really listening to it on some jedi concentration shit. I should preface this drop by stating that I caught a brick of some mango hashish. I don’t advocate drug use, whether it be illegal or over the counter (I fucks with DayQuil heavy), but sometimes a Friday night ain’t right without a blunt. Is all I’m sayin’.

So check it, I just got my journalistic review copy (read: unauthorized .rar) of the new legendary Roots album. You can best believe I will be going in on the retail for this joint since this shit is knocking my sperakerbox like that. So anyhoo, I rolled up my el in a dutch, I poured myself a tall cup of Crystal Light Iced Tea mixed with Henny (read: Black man’s water) and I turned on the laptop.

I’ve been listening to a lot of A Tribe Called Quest lately for no particular reason other than that is the only type of shit my lady keeps on her iPod. We took a trip to Montreal to get a stamp on our passports and I ended up listening to every ATCQ album a few times. I used to argue that DeLa Soul was the G.O.A.T. backpack rap clique, but gotdamn does Tribe have a grip of hits. This summer’s Rock The Bells concerts will be a Native Tongues/Spitkicker reunion. Maybe the new admin here at the X spot will lace me with a press pass like Eskay did last year? Prah’lee not tho’.

My point is that ATCQ really did go in and make some classic music. I have to remind myself sometimes that these old dudes in the rap game were once fresh without pushing themes that described the exploitation of the poor. Coming up in any game without throwing people under this bus is harder than just being someone who would do anything for a dollar. I hope these cats from ATCQ can get that last album off before Phife Diggy melts away. Hip-Hop needs that shit.

Speaking of Lupe…

Did I ever give T.I. his credit for merc’king everyone on that ‘Superstar’ remix? Lupe’s verse is fly enough and prah’lee better than 87.355 percent of the shit that gets played on the radio, but T.I. went in and showed that he was doing his lyrical push ups while his ass was on house arrest. I’m no longer upset at that stupid home video T.I. made in his robe and drawls. If that dude is going to rhyme like that he will challenge 3000 for the title of the South’s best rapper.

Yeah, I know, who cares?

  • http://myspace.com/rhymeorreasonny Roblynn

    T.I absolutely killed it

  • geico lizard

    im glad you gave TI credit for that because i thought you instantly shot down all rappers from the south. ATCQ is the shit and lupe is the most conceited non platinum rapper in history. he tried to play it off with that line about ” i failed on purpose so i could learn more” or whatever the fuck he said that was bullshit lupe if you didnt want to go platinum you would have dropped that album as a free mixtape so get off your own nuts and stop hating on legends like ATCQ because you will never be on their level until you realize you have more work to do and can grow more as an artist mister fiasco…on another topic entirely im watching the draft and im a titans fan and damn why wont the titans draft a wide receiver, they dont ever want vince young to really get up on that high level as a passer if they dont give him a deep threat. they have a few more picks so im hoping they pick anybody i dont care if he is from a junior college get anybody…

    • NAWLEDGE

      @geico lizard

      I dont when Lupe hated on ATCQ. I remeber he said he never really listened to them. Whats wrong with that? Around my way, there are still some niggas who never even HEARD of Big L. They hatin too?

      And you need to listen more closely. He said:

      “I failed on purpose to stay a freshman”

      Think about that line, homie. Think hard. I dont know how you got to the conclusion that Lupe is not a good artist, but hey, think what you will. It’s a free country. I guess you’re one of those dudes that think that Lil Wayne is a better than Nas.

      Cosign on the draft pick. I dont know what the fuck Titans doing. I dont really care tho, Im from Miami so it’s all Dolphins. Even though they suck.

  • Omar

    “Did I ever give T.I. his credit for merc’king everyone on that ‘Superstar’ remix?”

    Now that is just some stupid shit! Lupe killed that boy. T.I couldn’t challenge 3000 even if 3000 wrote his shit.

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    Jeezy murdered Lupe!

    “Keep a baldhead like I just left chemo.”

    How sick is that?

    • RisingSon

      Not at all! Lupe had it, TI showed versatilty, I’ll give you that. Jeezy was cool…but nobody topped lupe.

    • Omar

      LOL! I’m speechless!

  • Pierzy

    I totally agree with you on both points but as good as TI is, could he really have anywhere near the type of impact 3000 had? Doubtful.

  • moresickaMC

    lol@Jeezy merkin Lupe..will never happen

    but T.I did have the best verse imo

  • KaramelKid

    Lupe did his thing mos def, but holy crap was TI a beast or what?… I honestly don’t remember the last time i not only rewinded a verse, but actually read the lyrics along to make sure i didn’t miss a thing. Whatever TI was smoking that day should be made legal and force fed to all the rappers, doubling the dose for our chums in the south.

    …As for Mr. Honda Accord, no comment.

  • PURPLE HULK

    I LISTENED TO THAT SHIT SO MANY TIMES JUST TO TRY TO FIGURE OUT WHAT EVERYONE SAW IN TIS VERSE, AND I STILL THINK IT WAS WACK,
    LUPE HAD THE ONLY GOOD VERSE ON THAT SHIT.

  • PURPLE HULK

    PLUS YOUR LIKE A MONTH LATE.

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    A MONTH LATE FOR WHAT?

    Hey, all caps are fun.

    • PURPLE HULK

      THE REMIX CAME OUT LIKE A MONTH AGO.

  • CHUN

    Wierd that i’ve been on a lot of ATCQ recently too.
    Rising Down [the track] is classic!
    Three Stacks will always be better than TI because he is addressing issues instead of ‘reporting what happens in the ghetto’. I always love someone who speaks about how to make things better.

    ps. Just to get a new visa on my hood passport, check out Nicolay and Kay – ‘The Gunshot’. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHLD-M_bKVA

  • RAINBOW HULK

    THIS IS THE TRUTH MOTHAFUCKAS.

    I HAVE NOTHING TO SAY BUT I STILL WANT EVERYONE TO LISTEN TO ME!

    • PURPLE HULK

      I HAVE A FEELING YOUR SOME FAG FROM ANOTHER SITE THAT I HAVE OFFENDED IN THE PAST.

      • Daesonesb

        no its just me and you are a joke.

  • Worley

    “If that dude is going to rhyme like that he will challenge 3000 for the title of the South’s best rapper.”

    Don’t get it twisted. 3000 is the King of the South.

  • NAWLEDGE

    Ok. Im from the south myself and I loved T.I’s verse. He mercked that shit. BUT IT WAS BETTER THAN LUPE’S VERSE?! GTFOH!!

    I think you niggas need a lesson on the dimes he dropped on that shit. Remember that old saying, “you only get 15 minutes of fame”? This nigga said

    “You on your 15th minute of fame/
    on the 16th begginth the lame/
    and on the 17th you lose everything/
    The 21st is worse/Wishing you was eleven/ popping like you was seven/
    With the feeling when you were seconds”

    THOSE LINES RIGHT THERE MURDERED T.I’S AND JEEZY’S ENTIRE VERSE! Who else has come up with something like that? Think about it HARD, Billy. He took an old saying and flipped into something…I cant even explain it, out this world, my nigga.

    Now dont get me wrong, T.I had the hardest verse I’ve ever heard from him.

    “Anyone who know me, they know me to ride/
    But when the shit was selling slow it’s just my homies and I/
    Had to get rid of all the phonies and the homies disguised/
    So you speaking, I don’t reply, homie don’t be surprised/
    You ain’t gotta ride for me, I didn’t ask you to/
    Take the journey on my own, I would gladly do”

    COT-DAMN!! Fuckin HARD! But then again Lupe said,

    “Reminiscing when you was just in/
    now you just him/
    No longer the trend they dress in/
    Now you wondering where all the press went/
    You know longer impress them, get arrested/ paparazzi will press then”

    SHIT!! Then he said the hardest punchline I’ve heard in a WHILE:

    “I failed on purpse to stay a freshman”

    W…T…F?! Call me wrong if I am, but that was the meanest fuckin punchline for the first quater of 2008!

    Im sorry, but I cant give T.I the best verse in the song. Im not a Lupe stan or nothing but I had to get that out there. Metaphorically, lyrically, wordplay, and references, Lupe pound for pound, had the BEST verse. Then T.I, then Jeezy.

    Oh, I forgot about Jeezy! He murdered that shit too. I knew he had it in him. The best lines from all three

    “Keep a fresh bald head like I just left chemo”-Jeezy

    “I failed on purpose to stay a freshman”-Lupe

    “See but don’t say, my folk, they flip more yay than Cirque du Soleil”-T.I

    Thats my two cents.

  • Jerz!

    2 things, that 15 minutes of fame shit really is nuts.

    and “Keep a baldhead like I just left chemo.”

    Doesn’t really do much because of

    “Cooler than zero, below,
    Fresh, one blade, no chemo”

    In my opinion, of course.

  • nellz

    i just felt like t.i.’s verse was thrown on there…it wasn’t part of the ‘superstar” concept