I was beefing with Lupe before it was all trendy
I checked Twitter just now, to see what my favorite pr0n stars had for breakfast, and I see my good friend and former colleague eskay is pissed about having to take down an mp3 of a song by Lupe Fiasco.
This isn't the first time some shit like this has happened, and I know I've written about it before. There's been maybe a few occasions where the TIs put the kibosh on leaked joints by T.I., and eskay threw a bitchfit, as if people wouldn't cop Paper Trail, if they couldn't get all of the singles for free from Nah Right. Then it went on to become maybe the best-selling rap album of last year, other Tha Carter III.
Last year, I did a post for this site in which I basically said that eskay's a salty bootlegger. No Boutros. It's not so much that he doesn't help promote artists. It's just that the artists he does help promote aren't worth a shit. (Keep in mind, this was before Asleep in the Bread Aisle.) And the ones that are I'm sure could do without him giving away their singles for free. This is probably part of the reason the two of us aren't getting as well at present.
But it's true.
If I ran one of these sites where I'm only bootlegging people's shit day in and day out, I wouldn't have any such delusions, but you guys know I derive my sense of self-worth (or lack thereof) the old fashioned way: based on how skinny a broad I can score with. Fuck the dumb shit.
Lupe is on the same label as T.I., but obviously he isn't as high on the list of priorities. Whereas the T.I. takedown notice came from someone at the label, Lupe just had one of his weed carriers email eskay, as well as the guy from Fake Shore Drive, and maybe a few other people. Who knows. You guys know I try not to mess around with too many of these hip-hop blogs.
And so now eskay is pissed that his site was singled out for removal. The song is out there now. You can probably still find it on any number of other budget Nah Right-type sites. The easiest way to find it might be to go down Vibe's list of the top 50 hip-hop blogs, starting at the top, until you find it. I know number 10, RapPravda, which may not have been launched when Vibe put together the list, still has a streaming version. That's where I heard it.
In case you're wondering, it kinda sounds like that song "Superstar," but more of a clusterfuck. It's got that same Canadian guy singing the chorus. It's got more of a live rock, which I don't generally care for, and of course there's copious use of autotune, which I thought Jay-Z just killed. Whoever did the post for RapPravda didn't care for it either. (Sometimes Master Splinter's wealth of knowledge and experience doesn't always shine through. And by sometimes, I mean never. Perhaps if there were more words.)
I wonder if the rest of the album is even more of a nightmare, and he was counting on this song being the big hit - this album's "Superstar," if you will. Otherwise, why would he give a shit if people have a listen a bit early? Maybe he knows he's headed for a huge, embarassing failure, and that's why he's all testy. No fishsticks.
In a post on Lupe stan blog The LupEND, Lupe claims someone hacked into his email and leaked this new song. Just like when Asher Roth was kicking it with nappy headed hoes. Or that time we all got to look inside Cassie. Lupe says he suspected it was someone in his camp, but I guess they convinced him it was a haX0r. Let me guess, his weed carriers are growing increasingly concerned with the bullshit he's been coming up with, and they leaked some of it to embarrass him into coming up with something relatively normal, lest they struggle to feed their many children - like that guy Prolyfic. Or who knows. Maybe it was a haX0r. Lupe, for his part, claims this will be the best received album of his career.
And eskay should take solace in knowing that Nah Right is one of the two sites, along with The LupEND, that Lupe is considering when he does plan to leak something. Hopefully, eskay doesn't hold any grudge over today's events and tell Lupe to go fuck himself. Because you know paying to have your shit posted there isn't an option...