Some people call it the “hashtag” rap flow or the “pause, stop” rap flow or the “supa dupa” flow. Whatever the name, there’s still controversy about who created it and Ludacris has some scathing words for Drake and Big Sean on his new track “Bada Boom,” on which he targets innuendo that he bit that style from them.
Although Luda doesn’t mention names, it is quite obvious he is addressing Drake and Big Sean.
“I’m the truth in this booth and you niggas all hoes,” Luda raps on “Bada Boom.” “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 Cris 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.”
When asked about the song this morning on Shade 45’s “Sway In The Morning” radio program, Luda didn’t reveal who he was going at on the song, but did want all the listeners to know he was only defending himself. “I don’t start these things, I finish them,” Cris told Sway.
Luda also addresses the controversy on “History Lesson,” another joint off his 1.21 Gigawatts: Back To the First Time mixtape. On the track, Cris plays snippets of songs from throughout the years, where MCs such as Notorious B.I.G., Method Man, Cam’ron and Q-tip used the infamous “pause, stop” flow.
Perhaps the drama boiled over, when Drake, who has taken the flow to new heights on songs such as “Forever,” credited Big Sean for fathering the style. At separate points last year and this year, both MCs accused Ludacris of taking from them on his song “My Chick Bad.”
“I don’t want to sound cocky, but the best way it’s been used was on ‘Forever,’” Drizzy told Allhiphop.com in 2010. “Those lines just all individually make so much sense. They’re all punchlines. Then a bunch of rappers started doing it and using the most terrible references in the world. I don t want to offend somebody. I hate that rappers picked that flow up. I wish they had left that for people that know how to use it. [They go like] ‘It’s a parade! Macy’s!’”
Luda does rap, “Coming down the street like a parade…Macy’s,” on “My Chick Bad.”
Meanwhile in March, while on MTV’s Rap Fix, Sean talked about Cris as well.
“Drake really made it more popular, but Drake gave me the credit and was like ‘I really got that from Big Sean,’” Sean said. “I think some artists just did it so wack, man. Every time I say names I get in trouble and it’s like I’m dissing, but some people used it wack. If [Drake] said Ludacris used it wack, hey.”
Sean also said he wasn’t throwing daggers at ATL’s Mouth of the South.
“Don’t get it wrong I’m not trying to diss Ludacris or nothing,” Big Sean continued. “He’s a great MC. But even though that style got so overused, there was a lot of people who did it great and there was a lot of people who didn’t do it so great. People always ask me, ‘Was you mad that people took that style from you? I’m like, ‘Nah, that went and shows me how far I can go as an artist.’ I feel like I changed hip-hop. I haven’t even dropped an album yet. So that goes to show me how powerful my mind is.”–Shaheem Reid