When Ludacris dropped his new mixtape, 1.21 Gigawatts: Back to the First Time, last week, two tracks immediately got the Internet buzzing. “History Lesson (Interlude)” and “Bada Boom” seemed to be taking shots at Drake and Big Sean for their use of what’s been called “hashtag” rap, the “pause, stop” rap flow or the “supa dupa” flow. Well, over the weekend, Drake broke his silence. Sort of.
On Saturday (November 19), Drizzy took to Twitter in response to Big Sean’s Twitter handle with a fittingly subliminal response to Luda’s subliminal diss (the Atlanta rapper didn’t name any names in his songs).
“@BigSean You awlready know. I wish they’d just let young niggas live…respect always,” the Young Money rhymer tweeted.
On the song “Bada Boom,” Luda raps, “I’m the truth in this booth and you niggas all hoes… Counterfeit rappers say I’m stealing their flows, but I can’t steal what you never made up biiitch/ Y’all some duplicate rap cloning niggas/I manufacture you hoes put on your makeup biiitch.” Later, he continues, “May not like the way I used it, but you know you ain’t invent it, boy/Do your research before you make a claim so bogus that’s disrespecting pioneers in the game.”
Late last week, Big Sean responded during a radio interview with Seattle’s KUBE 93. The G.O.O.D. Music star gave a few more words on the subject than Drake did, saying, “I aint got no problems with Luda, I never did. I think he’s referring to an interview I did over a year ago. But in the interview I say he’s a legend. I respect people who are ahead of me. I respect OGs and the Gs in general. The only thing I said was they asked me about the ‘Supa Dupa’ flow. I feel like Drake make it more popular on that song ‘Forever.’ A lot of people thought Drake made that up but he was like, ‘I could trace that back to Big Sean.’ I’m pretty sure it was done before that, but I’m just saying where it come from now.”
Ludacris has yet to confirm that he was indeed sending shots in Drake and Big Sean’s directions.
Drake’s Take Care is expected to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 tomorrow. —Adam Fleischer