Lupe Fiasco, consider yourself put on notice.
You might be able to accuse one of the dudes from 2dopeboyz of hacking into your email, shout at him and physically threaten him, but you can’t pull that shit with eskay. Well, you could, but that’s just gonna cause him to have to shoot you, apparently.
Again, I can only speak for myself here, but I’d tell any artist who even thinks about coming in my face with any of that “you leaked my music” rah-rah bullshit: you’d better have some damn good proof before the thought even crosses your mind. Just ask yourself: “Is this worth it? Am I certain this guy did this, or am I just going off what some knucklehead in my entourage thinks may have happened? Am I sure that once I confront or physically assault this guy, that I will never for the rest of my life be in a position to get touched back? Can each one of these goons I’m with say the same thing?”
Crazy as that sounds, I’m not sure if I’d want to tempt fate, if I were Lupe. eskay seems like one of the more unreasonable people on all of the Internets. (Which is saying something.) You see how he reacts when you say anything even mildly critical of his blog. God forbid if I were to ever actually accuse him of accepting payola. Which, for the record, I haven’t. I’m far too sophisticated a thinker to suspect an actual quid pro quo. Roffle.
Plus, it would be pointless, if it’s true what eskay says, that neither he nor the kid from 2dopeboyz hacked Lupe’s email. You’d be putting yourself at risk of being regulated on, just to go after someone who isn’t even the real source of the problem.
The thing is, if your email did get hacked, how could you ever know who did it? It’s not like the haX0r’s gonna leave a note, like, “Hi, this is eskay from Nah Right, just letting you know I’m the one who hacked into your email, in case you want to contact the authorities.” If they did leave any signature, as it were, I’m sure it’d be something impossible to track down/identify. HaX0rs are smart. Genuinely smart, not just stronger with language than other members of their community.
I was reading an interview just now with the guy (or, theoretically, girl) who hacked Solar’s email, Twitter and what have you, and it got me to thinking: How difficult would it be to hack someone’s email? I’m not even sure how you’d go about it. Would it just be a matter of guessing the person’s password, or is there more sophisticated haX0ring technology involved? They asked the haX0r how he decided to hack Solar’s email, and he said someone sent him Solar’s email address, and he was like, fuck it, I’m hacking this shit.
I never knew it was that easy.
eskay dismisses the thought that someone hacked into Lupe’s email, whether it was one of NMC or someone else, as if it’s not even possible. Rather than acknowledging that perhaps someone else hacked into Lupe’s email, found unreleased music and sent it to sites like Nah Right and 2dopeboyz, or wherever those two got it from, he suggests someone in Lupe’s own camp was responsible for the leak. Maybe the reason he said that is because that’s what really happened, but if that’s the case, why didn’t he just tell that to Lupe? If that’s what really happened, it seems like it would be very easy to prove, and it’d at least seem like a smarter move than making thinly veiled threats of violence.
I’ve observed enough ghetto culture from the safe distance of areas where supposedly badass criminals dare not tread to know how this shit works. You can’t just tell another guy you might shoot him, if he shouts at you and threatens to kick the living shit out of you, and expect him not to shout at you and threaten to kick the living shit out of you, because you might shoot him. This might seem like a good idea to the rest of us, but in the world in which eskay apparently developed his point of view, this is a slight in and of itself. If Lupe doesn’t regulate, he’s gonna look like a pussy. And if eskay continues to bootleg, ahem, promote his music, he’s gonna look like even more of a pussy. Everyone’s gonna know the only reason he flexed on the kid from 2dopeboyz is because the kid from 2dopeboyz isn’t dumb/badass enough to retaliate. Next time try picking on someone your own size, albeit mad short.