Big Sean is credited with pioneering the one-word punch line, but many assume that his contemporary Drake was the one who came up with the flow. During an interview with Big Boy’s Neighborhood, the Detroit, Michigan rapper explained that he has no ill will towards Drizzy for biting his flow - but insisting that he’s the true originator of the style.
“Drake is my homie. He gave me a lot of credit, because I came up with rhyme scheme a lot of people thought that he came up with,” he said. “I called it ‘Supa Dupa Flow,’ but he kind of made it more popular on the song ‘Forever’ with him, Wayne and Drake, it was kind of the one-word punchline. I did that on my second mixtape I released in ’09 where I was like, ‘I’m supa dupa troopa/Used to the bottom scoopa.’ I just gave them line after line after line of barcode. He kind of took that and used it on his track. A lot of people thought he did it. The thing is, he gave me credit for it like a real G.”
The G.O.O.D. Music signee watched as the rap game took the flow and turned it into a trend. “It’s crazy because the whole rap game did it, so I was sitting back,” he said. “At first, I was like, ‘Man, this crazy! Everybody doing this!’ But then I thought about it and I was like, that’s not the way to be. You gotta keep it G, man. G’s don’t get mad. G’s is like, that’s what it is. They congratulate you. I changed the game, so I’ma keep changing the game. It is what it is.”
Sean admits that he’s still cool with the Young Money rapper and that their friendship came as a surprise. “I just talked to Drake a couple days ago, he’s a good dude. He was wishing me all the best. It’s just tight that people in hip-hop can really be cool like that.”