Lupe Fiasco Says "97% Of Hip Hop Is Terrible," Praises Drake & Slaughterhouse

Lupe Fiasco discusses the state of Hip Hop, saying "97% of Hip Hop is terrible," adds that he was influenced by Eminem, Canibus and "early Jay-Z."

The promotional tour for Lupe Fiasco continues. The Chicagoan recently visited The Breakfast Club and spoke out about the state of Hip Hop. When asked about rappers in the game like 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne and others, he explained that he feels "97% of Hip Hop is terrible." The emcee also spoke on his label situation, adding that he is "definitely going indie." 

"We're coming toward the end of our relationship so it's like a going away party," he said of his last albums on a major. "After this album, I got one [album] left. So, it's all good for now. They give me my room. I'm definitely not going back into the majors. I'm definitely going indie when we're done."

Fans can also expect six singles from this album, according to Lupe, who says it will be treated differently than his last project.

"It was never meant to be a big radio kind of record, kind of like Lasers was with big radio records," he shared. "This is more like a core Hip Hop joint so we have room to throw six records out."

Later in the interview, Fiasco was asked about the likes of 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne. While he said that Slaughterhouse and Drake were good, he went on to say that "97% of Hip Hop is terrible."

"I came from a different school. I came from Canibus, Eminem. To me, that's up here," he said, raising his hand. "Early Jay-Z is up here. So, for me, lyrically it's a different kind of conversation. But, I guess if it's just technically rapping, making words rhyme, metaphor here, metaphor here, it's cool. For me, technically it's good, beats are good, everything is good, it's fresh. But to me, the substance is just terrible. 97% of Hip Hop is terrible." 

The video can be seen below. 

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417 Comments

  • AMK

    I agree that 97% of mainstream Rap is terrible but you always have old school and underground Rap music and that is always better than Shitty Minaj, Lil Gayne etc. However I don't care for Drake much though.

  • Anonymous

    Jay Kushtana-Got Up Next...No Bull No Gimmicks

  • some guy

    I check hiphopdx comment boards to regulate the nonsense.

  • The_Observer

    Yo Lupe, be careful about idolizing Canibus...he's going to diss you lol the record is coming homie, expect it 'fake fiasco' by Canibus What happened to Canibus anyway, thought homie was working on 'Rip the Jager pt2'?

  • @Mardigraz718

    I agree wholeheartedly with Lupe. At least 97% of hip hop is trash! 2 Chainz is basura! Lil Wayne is the sanitary napkins bin at a women's shelter! I'm on the fence with Drake. I don't like Drake but I have liked a few of his songs. I think he has immense potential, he just happened to get down with the wrong team. Lil Wayne makes everybody worse. *Nicki* cough *Jae Mills* cough. I'm surprised he said old Jay too.....am I buggin or is Jay still spittin levels beyond the current "hot" dudes? Slaughterhouse is lyrically infallible even tho they do make a bad song here & there. Canibus is lyrical phenomenon even today, he just fell from grace messin wit God mc & Em...(hate all you want, Em is pretty much end all beat all in hip hop right now) And to Anno you have a right to your opinion, but Idk what you listen to, Lupe is great my dude!

  • Anno

    LOOOOOOOOOL this article made me laugh!"97% of hip hop is terrible", then praises Drake! Influences are Canibus and Em? I like both but come on! Lupe is a weird artist for me, I don't dislike him, but I don't think he's great either. But I do agree with his statement, most of current hip hop is terrible *cough* Lil Wayne *cough*

  • Anonymous

    For everybody wondering why he put Drake in the non terrible section. He says he's making different shit. And that is true, Drake doesn't just do songs about money and status. Although I hate him, he does bring his own brand of music to the table. Lupe is basically blasted the people who just copy paste what they heard on the radio for a hit themselves. And guys like Rick Ross who make the same song over and over and over again

  • magmatic123

    alot of lupes ideas get jacked because he dont do it big enough fast enough..like he skateboardin hip hop trend lil wayne copied even kanye beats him to politics...some of those parts in watch the throne sound like lupe... even jay put on jay cole to go at him..keep moving slow artist like kendrick lamar will eat him up song wise

    • @Mardigraz718

      Skateboarding in hip hop was Lupe's idea? How old are you? And where were you for the entire 5 year period when N.E.R.D. was on that before Lupe gained popularity? I agree with what you said about the scale on which he does things but that's hardly his fault. It's the fault of the industry and the listeners. There's more people checkin for the BS than for the greatness.

  • Anonymous

    Lupe Fiasco: Says 97% of Hip-Hop is garbage. Praises Drake. LOL

  • Anonymous

    he actually should work with rick ross, drake,wayne,kanye nas,..etc use them as a platform to get your message across outshine them on there own shit

    • @CJonno90

      So he should go against everything he stands for to reach his goal? Listen to Lupe closer then you won't be making stupid ass comments.

    • @Mardigraz718

      Good point Anon. If Erykah Badu can find it in her infinite gloriousness to work with Rick, I'm sure Lupe could benefit from doin a track or 2 with him & get some knowledge out. And nfn, I think him & Drake would do somethin dope!

  • lapetitecollette

    *facepalm* oh lupe... you were hanging on to a shred of coolness until you said all this half-baked opinionated shit... bravo for having an opinion, but dude, marinate a few more years, THEN give an opinion that comes from experience.

  • magmatic123

    drake is more like a r&b hip hop artist.... most of his tracks are designed the same way chris brown trey songs akon and t pains are.. not true hip hop...to tell u the truth he is a lightskinned version of kanye or big sean

  • Anonymous

    is drake or wayne gonna be remembered in 20 years? probably not. most people forgot about wayne after carter 3. _______________________________________________ Wayne has been rapping since he was 9 and his first album came out 1997 and he is the biggest hip hop act in the world atm so he is damn near 20yrs son. #JustSayin

    • Anonymous

      And I mean Eminem more liked than Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry etc. #JustSayin

    • Anonymous

      Well he ain't as big as Eminem Look at twitter followers when Em don't even tweet 99% of the shit himself Eminem 11.7M Lil Wayne 7.7M And Em is the most liked artist on Facebook

  • Truth

    Because the guy made Lasers has great taste in hip hop.

    • Anonymous

      The label ain't force him to do shit why did he make the mixtape afterwards that sounded like Lasers Pt. 2 Just search up Webisode 40: Is Lupe Fiasco a #FOTP? | DEHH on YouTube

    • d33zydru.lotc

      I gues you forgot that his label forced him into a more commercial direction with LASERS & he didn't like that at all.He kept fighting with Atlantic because of it & plus he's right,Most hip-hop today is garbage.Only niggas in the game right now that are good are Black Hippy,G.O.O.D. Music,Slaughterhouse & some of the niggas in MMG.Lupe is dope,LASERS wasn't and he knows that.That's why you can tell the difference between Lasers & F&L2 so far.Shit Sounds way better

  • Anonymous

    The only question that needs to be asked is Lupe rich? Yes... End of story.

  • MIQ VERSE

    The fact that Canibus is one of his main influences says plenty. Canibus can't make an album anyone wants to buy either. Lupe has been complaining since he came in the game. He had a co-sign from Jay and Kanye and is on a major label as well. He was given the platform and the public didn't respond. Point blank.Not to mention people that work so hard to make themselves sound like intellectuals is really annoying in my opinion. Is he talented? Most definitely! Does he want the same fame that Drake, Wayne and many others enjoy? You better believe it. Stop crying and make music bruh! When your contracts up control your career the way you want but all the complaining is off putting.

    • Anonymous

      Lupe wants the fame for an entirely different reason.

    • Hot dogs

      Youre an idiot. Canibus is one of the sickest rappers, in terms of lyrical ability he is top 10. Granted he hasnt made pop albums if thats what you are looking for. Tool.

  • Anonymous

    Praises? He just said he liked them. DX be on that bullshit!

  • Anonymous

    Charlamaign will not stop saying 2 Chains. Stop riding his dick man! lol

  • Anonymous

    Lupe the man! Charlamaign or whatever is fucking wack and likes wack shit.

  • you mad@da truth??

    Elzhi will destroy Lupe.

    • Mach-V

      Lol. Elzhi would rip Lupe a new one. The two shouldn't be mentioned in the same sentence.

    • Anonymous

      Why are you even bringing up ELZhi? who by the way is dope as fuck...

    • MIQ VERSE

      I have to cosign what you said! Elzhi is ill and personally if I have a choice to pickup an Elzhi record or a Lupe record it is Elzhi all day. Lupe is tlaented but very boring overall!

  • Cadda

    Lupe Fiasco: Says 97% of Hip-Hop is garbage. Praises Drake. LOL [2]

  • efemjay

    Drake is part of that 97%. It's more like 99%. And Lupe's part of it too. What a clown this joker is becoming. He's so hip-hop that he blew up off a skateboarding song (and he doesn't even skateboard) and cites Eminem as his #1 influence. He has the audacity to bite Pete Rock's beat and then talk down on the legend for not being a big seller (sell-out) like Lupe, with his wack-ass Lazers album. Fuck Lupe and anyone who love em. Even if he is 97% right.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah Lupe tried to use Skateboarding as a metaphor for a deeper meaning "OMG we need to skateboard to get away from our tragic life" NO LUPE WE SKATEBOARD BECAUSE WE LIKE SKATEBOARDING!

    • Anonymous

      If you thInk Kick Push was about skateboarding you have the i.q. Only matched by a monkey,as Lupe said in Dumb It down [Chorus 1:] You goin' over niggas' heads Lu (Dumb it down) They tellin' me that they don't feel you (Dumb it down) We ain't graduate from school nigga (Dumb it down) Them big words ain't cool nigga (Dumb it down) Yeah I heard Mean And Vicious nigga (Dumb it down) Make a song for the bitches nigga (Dumb it down) We don't care about the weather nigga (Dumb it down) You'll sell more records if you (Dumb it down)

    • John-Boy

      You cited a Lil Wayne lyric at the end of your comment. That completely invalidated your entire comment. Nice try though.

    • Anonymous

      "cites Eminem as his #1 influence" please do give me the direct quote of when he says that! And just like the comment above the rest of your comment is just bullshit.

  • dazeone

    I will agree with him but he is in there as well ... dope lyricist but his beats are wack... ony two joints I like ar Kick Push and Paris Tokyo ....step ya production game up

    • REBELutionary

      But that's not the point I was making Lupe has used hot beats, everybodies definition of a hot beat nowadays is fucked up!

    • Anonymous

      Wack rappers need good beats to make them, good rappers make average beats.

    • REBELutionary

      Erm.... he don't produce!? Or if you saying the songs he is on don't have good beats Touch The Sky, The Instrumental, Go Go Gadget Flow, Pressure, The Coolest, He Say She Say, Superstar, Intruder Alert, Streets on Fire, The Cool, Little Weapon, Don't Stop!, Don't Look Down, Hurt Me Soul, Kick, Push II, Hello/Goodbye, The Die, Daydreamin', Put You on Game, Fighters, Real and more....

  • ill c

    I like Lupe as a lyricist, but he starting to be a big yapper...Complaining about this complaining about that, the label, hiphop itself, Obama etc.. Lupe stop yapping and focus on making music..Let 2chainz and whoever do they thing.. and you do yours.

  • $$$$

    He's one of the 97%...ijs

  • Dvid

    Glad to hear Lupe speak out on the lyricism. 9 times out of 10 if your song gets heavy rotation on the radio more then likely it falls underneath that Dead Prez song, "Turn off the Radio".

  • SayitDon'tchangeit

    Lupe is one of the illest but fuuuuuck hiiiim!! If these rappers bitch about hip hop all the time, then fuckin quit motha fuckas! Sounding like little pussies when they do that. If it fuckin bothers you so god damn much then do how they used to do back in the day, and thats "call a wack motha fucka out!". Make a record calling out the wack motha fuckas!! Stop crying about "ohhhh hip hop is horrible! OMG my ass is leaking from the anxiety and worry I have about Hip Hop!"..smh eat a dick and keep it pushing Lupe..Fuckin fraud

  • Anonymous

    Lupe Fiasco: Says 97% of Hip-Hop is garbage. Praises Drake. LOL

  • asher1985

    this guy loves to run his mouth lol. first of all 6 singles? yeah right, secondly he will not drop until he has another commercial single just like with lasers. thirdly why would he go independent when he's selling what he's selling right now? if this album bombs hard then yeah its time, if not he won't go anywhere. i love millionaires who try to talk like they are still regular people. oh and one final thing get off your high horse lupe there are so many rappers that would roast you its not even funny

    • @CJonno90

      The only songs I really hear now on the TV/Radio is REALLY dance influenced songs, so you're having a go at Lupe for trying to keep it 100% Hip Hop GTFOH then go download yourself a Ke$ha album!

    • Anonymous

      I have learned this language by myself Go and learn Arabic or Chinese by yourself and show me how much you are smart :P....crazy nigga he does not rap about Sluts or cars and guns in his songs How do you want him to sell to sell like lil wayne This is what people want to hear now Unfortunately

    • asher1985

      you're not a very good speller are you? i thought lupe had brighter fans than this. anyway I'm not hating I'm simply saying, the guy is running off at the mouth, he's sounding like 50 cent right now, and his last album got terrible reviews. not to mention we all know he's not getting 6 singles. you saw the first two bomb right? but you know what? he's going to claim they were just promotional singles...naw guy they were singles, its just the buying public wasn't buying!

    • Anonymous

      shut fuck up hetar he sold from the Latest album 500 000 copies he Not selling like drake but I think doing good He can become an independent artist

  • YESSIR

    HE SAID EARLY JAYZ MEANING CURRENT JAYZ IS GARBAGE?

  • YESSIR

    HE SAID EARLY JAY-Z MEANING CURRENT JAY-Z IS GARBAGE?

  • YESSIR

    HE SAID EARLY JAY-Z MEANING CURRENT JAY-Z IS GARBAGE? HAHAHA LOL

  • YESSIR

    HE SAID EARLY JAY-Z MEANING CURRENT JAYZ IS GARBAGE...? HAHAHA LOL

  • Anonymous

    "praise drake and slughterhouse"

  • Anonymous

    The sad part about all of this is that DX's agenda was to make look lupe look bad. He only was choosing out of the names charlemane brought up..I'll pick drake over ross and wayne too.

  • Clark kent

    Top 10 no particular order(love them all equally :P) Nas Black thought Common Mos def Talib kweli Lupe fiasco Q-tip(tribe called quest era) Guru Scarface Andre 3000 Big L

  • Just Wondering

    Why do people hate on Lupe for his Lasers album? I mean I loved Food & Liquor and The Cool, but why Lasers? I thought it was really good. I guess I'm part of the 1% for thinking that? I don't know. Also, why do people hate on J. Cole? He's one of the best out right now. Well, in my opinion.

    • Anonymous

      You dumbfuck you got the definition of mainstream all fucked up! It just means popular.

    • smh

      Cole mainstream?? Nigga what?? He has only been mainstream because he blew up but his subject matter and shit remains the same. Go listen to his mixtapes and the allbum and then we can talk about mainstream smh

    • GQ

      Thank You! Lasers was not a bad album. Not great, but not bad. Most niggas hate on it without hearing it.

    • @CJonno90

      J. Cole is one of the best mainstream rappers to come out in the last few years. The reason I don't like LASERS is because how it sounded sonically in general, but I thought "Letting Go" "Words I Never Said" "Till I Get There" "The Show Goes On" "Beautiful Lasers (Apart from the hook)" "All Black Everything" were dope.

    • Anonymous

      i concur 100 percent

  • fear of a black planet

    CHUCK D IS THE KING OF POLITICAL RAP EVERYONE THAT COMES AND GOES THAT CLAIMS Political hip hop knows this. Lupe uses them alot go to school foolish ones

    • Lupe the Jedi

      Yeah Chuck D is the legend of that shit but are trying to say he's not allowed to use Chuck as an influence?

  • FrankBe

    Man Lupe talks too much. He's acting like his current songs are so much better than any song out right now. The guys likes to talk like he's the best thing since slice bread and I assume that's because his fanbase acts like he's a super genius.

    • J

      "Dumb It Down" is crazy complex, lyricism at its best.

    • GQ

      Listen to "Failure" without using google, rap genius, or a dictionary. It might not be a different language, but it might as well be.

    • DeadEndHipHop

      Especially "Dumb It Down" that one's crazy not only with lyricism but his flow on that " THAT SHIT CRAY"

    • Anonymous

      Kind of the contrary FrankBe, in songs like "Twilight Zone", "The Game", "The Cool", the use of his elite metaphorical ability does kind of make it like another language, you can't fully get all the different meanings in one listen, they are layered multiple times like a puzzle.

    • FrankBe

      Break down his lyrics? It's not complex or a foreign language my dude.

    • J

      Lupe is genius. Listen to his lyrics, break em down slow so you can keep up. 2 Chainz, RRoss, Weezy can't compare. Lupe is right up there with Nas, Jay and Em.

  • jerryc

    the thing is...the beats arent good nowadays. In waht way are they good? To me theyre boring and suck. I'll take Kanye All Falls Down, Slow Jamz, Through the Wire over Kanye Mercy anyday

  • Brik

    Somebody should give Lupe a Nobel Peace Prize for having to deal with those three chuckleheads. on 105.1 then he did Flex the same day too. Poor man.

  • Rob

    I respect Lupe for what he says. Of course 97% is a little much, but he is basically saying that most hip hop isn't original anymore. He praises lyricists like slaughterhouse, eminem and canibus because technically rapping they are all superior to most of the bullshit out. Also Drake to me is a dope artist. He may put out a lot of mainstream material, but overall he is a good rapper who is original. Lasers was a terrible album, but he tries to put out stuff that is original and creative. His first two albums were very impressive. His mixtapes are also dope. Check SLR (Super Lupe Lyrical) for lyrics. It's refreshing to hear a mc speak his mind. People may not like it, but at least he's trying to tell his true feelings. As soon as these mc's make a mistake like fiascogate people want to hold a grudge forever. All these incredible mc's have made mistakes. Lupe to me is an mc that is trying to make hip hop better. Lupe's not my favorite rapper, but for sure he is creative and tries to be original. If you listen to his albums you know Canibus, Eminem and Jay-Z aren't the only mc's that influenced him. Too $hort and Nas are a couple that influenced him also.

    • jack johnson

      The guy said mc hammer is better than a tribe called quest, he said he doesn't like conscious hip hop, then he tries to use conscious hip hop as his gimmick, and now you're trying to compare him with public enemy?

    • fear of a black planet

      LUPE INFLUENCE IS ALOT MORE Public Enemy then it will ever be and you should know better then that dont forget Chuck D The Greatest Political Rapper dont sleep Give respect to your grandad fool.

  • CZR626

    BEST IN THE RAP GAME RIGHT NOW CROOKED I AND EMINEM. OH SLAUGHTERHOUSE!!!!!!

  • 3 headed monstah

    he took the words right out of my mouth.. muzik d's days are just about a catchy beat...thats it .. i bumb 2 chainz, gucci, weezy, all day, but couldnt tell u a damn thing, bout what they sayin..smh .. thank you lupe for comin out and representing .. since we makin lists.. EMINEM AND CROOKED I POINT BLANK WITH MY LEGENDS CUBE N PAC..

  • DaKidd

    I remember i listened to the cool album on my 13 hour bus rides all the time was fkin dope

  • treet246

    Lupe is right, plus he's one of the best lyricist period. Most people here criticizing are too slow to understand his music or just some teenage kids who have no taste.

  • d-town

    lol and lupe is part of that 97% dude u suck flow is boring an everytime ur sng comes on everyone starts yawnin

  • Creeah

    1 Soulja Boy 2 Plies 3 Future 4 OJ Da Juiceman 5 Tony Yayo (Niggas be sleepin) That 90's shit played out man. New style new generation. All those 90s rapper old now oh yeah meek mills go hard

  • Com

    Drake does make decent music...But goddamn, is he full of shit. I was cool with his music until he started coming with that mafioso bullshit. Fuck outta here, damm Canadian pre-cum baby.

  • pat

    Drake is part of the 97%

  • Anonymous

    I was okay with this nigga until he praised drake

  • imTravi

    BTW, my top 5: 1. Andre Lauren Benjamin 2. Tupac 3. Eminem 4. JayZ 5. Lupe And that's good for me cuz my top 3 use to be Andre3000 lol

  • imTravi

    Can't hate the man's opinion...yea he's complaining but who's to tell him he has no right to?! It's no different than what y'all do on the daily in regards to artists like Ross, 2 Chainz, Wayne, Drake, Nicki, Kanye, Pusha, etc

    • Anonymous

      Thats true..but he should do it LIKE we do a d not pussy foot around it like oh well its good..but its terrible. He should NAME examples he should come with passion not politically correct indifference while also still trying to voice his oppiNion which most likely is exactly like ours pure fucking hatred of what hiphop has become(which in my oppinion hes a part of especially since he always gives in to label politics, then cries about and blames his failures on it.)

  • Anonymous

    97% PERCENT OF HIP HOP IS TERRIBLE..HE NOT LYING..think of all the so call rappers all over the nation..the garbage dude handing out cd's in the malls and corners and shit.....if really look at the millions of so called rappers...there are only 3% of niggaz that really NICE..AND I DO MEAN NICE...LIKE SPECIAL NICE...not the for the moment niggaz that happend to have good beats but rap like a kindegardner that just had a stroke

  • JETLIFE116

    lmfao everyone making a list!? 1)MF Grimm 2)Big L 3)Phife Dawg 4)Method Man 5)Nasir

  • anon

    here's my list for all ya'll dumbasses: 1. No one cares about your list 2. No one cares about your list 3. No one cares about your list 4. No one cares about your list 5. No one cares about your list 6. No one cares about your list 7. No one cares about your list 8. No one cares about your list 9. No one cares about your list and my personal GOAT: 10. No one gives a flying fuck about your list.

    • fear of a black planet

      Do you think Lupe is listening to Public Enemy new album i wonder if he listens to Gucci Man and gets upset lol lol

  • anon

    what a preachy douchebag. What happened to the dude on food and liquor, what happened to the dude on the cool? stick to rhymin son, you ain't had an original thought since like 2007 bra.

  • Anonymous

    1. Notorious big 2. Big L 3. Nas 4. Method Man 5. Eminem (FUCK RECOVERY) 1. Dr. Dre 2. DJ Premier 3. Kanye west 4. RZA 5. No I.D

  • Anonymous

    3 - Kool G Rap (Fabolous, just incredible) Why are obsessed with this fossil?

  • Independants Day

    I'm not gonna sit here and get into his comment, people act like its illegal to have an opinion, if thats how he feels then so be it, who the fuck are the rest of you to tell him how to think?? I'm just happy to hear him say he's gonna head Indy when the contract is up, the major labels are useless unless you plan on making pop rap with a teenage audience in mind. Thats not a diss its the truth. Urban Radio is more cookie cutter & predictable then pop stations now, if you aint making love songs or dance music your not gonna get played on a hip hop/R&B station. In the past that didnt use to be the case. Back in the day when I was in JR High, High School you would hear Snoop, BIG, Bone Thugs, Method Man, Pac and tons of other cats who all had their own sound played back to back on the hip hop stations. There was more diversity at radio and it made sense to be on a major because the big platforms were still making room for new sounds & styles. That doesnt exist anymore, so unless your gonna make the standard predictable type of music then your wasting your time fuckin with a major. Especially when you consider the massive success alot of artists are having Indy , Tech N9ne sleeps on a bed of money without giving a fuck about the mainstream. EL-P is having one of the best years of his career. Danny Brown, Action Bronson and a whole bunch of others are stacking money year round by touring to sold out crowds. If you sign to a major these days its because your too lazy to do the work yourself or just like the idea of seeing your face on TV, cause now more then ever its not necessary to thrive in this game.

  • Anonymous

    "Your list is ridiculous. here's mine: 1 - KRS-One (So thorough) 2 - Rakim (God) 3 - Kool G Rap (Fabolous, just incredible) 4 - Immortal Technique (Trill ass nigga) 5 - Nas (Poetic nigga, best thing to come out of Queensbridge 5 - Scarface (Great) 6 - Ice Cube (Writes beautiful lyrics) 7 - Guru (Gay but dope) 8 - Eminem (King of this honky shit) 9 - Biggie (Overrated because he died) 10 - 2Pac (Overrated because he died)" How the fuck you say Guru is gay?!?!?!

    • xxxxxxx

      Immortal technique still needing a lil bit more in my opinion Outkast or even Black Poet The Lady of Rage King T E40 DO OR DIE TWISTA GZA EAZY E ABOVE THE LAW BLACK SHEEP BRONZE NAZARETH KILLA PRIEST

  • Greatest 25 MC To Ever Live!

    1. Eminem 2. Andre 3000 3. Nas 4. Black Thought 5. KRS-One 6. Redman 7. Big Daddy Kane 8. Rakim 9. Royce da 5'9" 10. Masta Ace 11. Common 12. Big L 13. Lauryn Hill 14. Raekwon 15. Mos Def 16. 2Pac 17. Scarface 18. DMX 19. Pharoahe Monch 20. Method Man 21. Jay-Z 22. The Notorious B.I.G. 23. Q-Tip 24. Talib Kweli 25. GZA

  • Anonymous

    Uhh hold up its a hiphop core album...but u got room for six singles? That sounds like a radio album. Sorry this dude is disgustingly over rated and ive heard everything from the cool to food and liqour..never impressed me. I mean hes not as bad as ross or wayne but kids act like this dudes the messiah.

  • wowlisten

    1 Rakim god mc 2 Guru gifted unlimited rhymes universal 3 Wu tang forevermore 4 Scarface southern ledgend 5 Outkast southen kings 6 Roots one of the fewest 7 Eminem The Grate whites answering 8 NAS streets poet 9 Tech N9ne unstoppable 10. The list never stops until the music is over We as listeners of hip hop can feel pop America squeezing the last bit of money we should know by looking at our musics quality that if we do not turn the clock back our music will be flushed away. Our GOV watches hip hop culture as a movement hip hop doesn't promote the law it stands for the streets. Rappers use these same streetlights hustling and not paying taxes amongst other thing's So millions of dollars are lost Gov not happy now let hip hop kill it's own self exploit. The music ...push materialism so far into it that it's loosing Credibility all u have left is sick bubblegum chew it up spit it out. Hip hop will turn full circle rappers will do it for the love not for money as they should. The Government message Get a job Rapping will not make shit. It will make cents soon.

  • Anonymous

    Apply simple logic. Lupe claims 97% of hip hop is wack, turns around and justifies his wack laser album with label politics, well maybe those other rappers he just blasted are also trapped in the same situation he had with his label.

    • Anonymous

      The only thing wrong with lasers was the beat selections...so wtf are you talking about..

    • Anonymous

      Haha, damn somebody should've showed Lupe those statements in the interview. He got ethered several times on here, using his own logic.

    • Anonymous

      While Lasers had a wack sound to it, it still had a good message in it, can the same be said about the said 97% of rap out today?

  • Eh

    Rick Ross is the dude you should study Lupe. Not for style but for self confidence and business sense. This complaining shit is for us bloggers not you the ARTIST. It never works. Make GREAT music not just good music.

  • Sigh

    Little Wayne can rap his ass off and yawl damn well know it. None of the legends like Em or Jay Z needed to cosign him for ANY reason just to get on. While everybody was blinging out of control back in 2006-2007 this little dude put mix tape after mix tape of straight heat on the streets and worked his way to the top. HE DIDN'T CRY his way there. If you think he fell off then fine, whatever. But don't sit up here and say Wayne can't rap. That's bullshit.

    • Anonymous

      I don't respect Lil Wayne for a lot of reasons other than his music... being a fake ass skateboarding women dressing gangsta blood for a few...

    • Shyne's Pe'ot's

      After the Dedication pt.1 and the Carter 2,he fell completely off. I don't respect dumbing down when you have the talent. I hate Wayne's music now because I know that he can do 100x better. Think about it like this, Kevin Durrant was the scoring champ this season. Now if next season he drops his average by 75 percent and they still gave him the title as a fan of him(assuming you're a fan) and the sport of basketball in general would you really be happy and cosign that shit? Especially when's there's people doing better? Demand more is all I'm saying

  • rap analysis

    A theory:We can all bitch about Lupe releasing Lasers but at the end of the day, wat he said is true. Hip-hop heads and this generation have been forced to listen to this garbage(same gimmick)rap & some have even bought into it cuz they have nothing else.(unless they look underground ofcourse)This is like watching the NBA pre-Magic/Bird era. Yea there were some ballers but nothing that grabbed the world's attention. I think rap has been like this since 08 when Wayne (love him or h8 him) hit his peak w/TC3. Ofcourse, he's falling off since than but at dat time, he was widely accepted but the majority of rap fans & America. Maybe its fans or jus the rappers actual talent but no rapper since Wayne has been able to be widely accepted by Rap fans and Corporate America. Every artist since him(Drake,Nicki,Wiz,Cole,Krit,Ross,Kendrick Lamar,Big Sean etc.)have their core fanbases but definetly arent accepted by the majority of these two worlds. And since the veteran rappers pick & choose when they wanna actually spit on the mic(or they've jus become washed up), THIS IS WHAT WE'RE LEFT WITH

    • Anonymous

      Wayne, SINCE NOBODY wants to remember brought lyrics back to hip-hop in 2007-2008. Fuck what anybody says. He proved lyrics can sale again. And nobody is forcing you to listen to ANYTHING.

  • Anonymous

    Lupe fiasco seems like he would suck to hangout with. He's a huge complainer.

    • TruskoolDude

      An Anonymous nobody is talking about someone living and breathing hiphop is boring to hang with? I got 3 words to keep you preoccupied. Toilet Boy Competition! Do a search to have something to do with yourself man...

    • Anon...

      There's a lot to complain about lol...

  • Anonymous

    Biggie Pac Eminem Jay Z Nas Bonus Kanye 50 Cent T.I

  • Anonymous

    MMG/YMCMB product of garbage, worst rappers on earth

  • Anonymous

    But to keep it 100, Lupe just hasn't connected like the legends he pointed out. That's not the radio's fault.

  • Anonymous

    It's not really the rappers fault. There are different styles out there already. The radio media just refuses to push variety like they use to. I like Wayne, I like Lupe, I like Em and Jay Z. I also like Wale, Kendrick, Mos Def, and the rest. The radio doesn't stop me from listening to my dudes. I CAN'T listen the same rapper all day, how boring is that.

    • Anonymous

      Well I'm an older dude so maybe I'm more confident to just say how I feel. There's a time and place for everything.

    • Jaediggity

      Comment of the year. I have never read such a well rounded argument in my life. This is how I feel. But I'm a 12 year old girl because every once in a while I like to hear a little Wayne. No pun intended lol. Like fuck that, there's no reason I can't like everything. The world needs way more of you in music man.

  • chytownplaya

    LUPE tha TRUTH!! one luv! RESPECT!

  • Yeah

    I'm glad he didn't mention some indy rapper to sound like he's on some "real hip-hop" tip like a lot of frontin' ass bias dudes in here. Drake has always done his thing in his OWN lane at a high level. Doesn't mean he's the best but he at least is not xeroxing another dude's style.

  • REAL Hip Hop

    My top ten list is: (In no particular order) 1.2 Chainz 2.Chief Keef 3.Waka Flocka Flame 4.Rick Ross 5.Lil Boosie 6.Weebie 7.Plies 8.Gucci Mane 9.Lil Wayne 10.Lil B ^ This is real hip hop

  • Anonymous

    lupe fiasco steve urkel lookin mafucka

  • IMO

    TECHNICALLY Jay Z or Biggie is the best to ever do it. But 2 Pac and Eminem were the most heart felt. Everybody else except maybe Snoop Dogg and LL Cool J fall under them.

    • Anonymous

      Nah man I've already done a lot of comparing with these artists, just see when Jay tried to do a socially aware album with Kingdom Come it fell way short, but the 3 albums that Nas has done before Life Is Good (Hip Hop Is Dead, Untitled & Distant Relatives) I think Nas is better on social commentary than Jay is. I just think that Jay has a better ear for beats than Nas has and that has seriously handicapped Nas. BTW I still think Jay-Z is dope as fuck one of my top 10 Emcees

    • Anonymous

      Yes I think Jay Z is more versatile than Nas if you sit down and really listen to him. I mean really listen. And that's not a diss to Nas, because I love Nas too. But Jay's stuff is multi-layered, and insightful to where a lot of people miss half of what he's really saying. Dude's incredible.

    • Anonymous

      Jay-Z technically over Nas?

  • Beram C Lansay

    Lupe says 97% of hip-hop is terrible after releasing Lasers. Glad to see he knows that he is part of the problem.

    • Intelligence Personified

      There you clear can't define difference in sounds... Just search up Webisode 40: Is Lupe Fiasco a #FOTP? | DEHH on YouTube

    • intelligence devoid

      Stop spreading false information nothing from that mixtape sounded like anything on lasers. It was an entirely different sound all together.

    • Intelligence Personified

      Really so why did he release the mixtape afterwards that sounded like Lasers Pt.2? I suppose that was the labels idea aswell...

    • Your Opinion Means Nothing...

      I take it you forgot that it wasn't Lupe's idea to release L.A.S.E.R.S. with that type of feel to it. It was Atlantic Records' idea, the label he is signed to.

  • 97% will kill yall

    yet anotha publicity stuntin again.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for saying 97% is terrible, I agree. Most of the mainstream is just no talent clowns braggin about how much money they have, and the underground is just a bunch of battle rappers that have no flow and no susbtance at all...

  • Anonymous

    My favorite 1) Eminem 2) Big K.R.I.T 3) NaS 4) Pharoahe Monch 5) Jay-Z The best - based on talent, consistency, how good the albums are, creativity, innovation, etc 1) Eminem 2) 2Pac 3) Rakim 4) NaS 5) Notorious BIG

  • peytonmanning

    1)Eminem 2)Tupac 3)Biggie 4)Jay-z 5)Nas

  • Anonymous

    The art has always had it's critics. From the first records cut in the late 70's to today. It's not going to change anytime soon either, more than likely so be prepared for more disappointment if you're a little disgruntled about the "direction hip hop is heading". Anyways, there's always been wack, talentless, less than mediocre artists that pop on the scene...and some even get critical acclaim. Happened then, gonna happen tomorrow. The only difference between the hey days of the 80's and early 90's is that the business has picked up 1000 fold. Back then people didn't cut records with expectations and streamlined plans of going platinum. A lot of artists really did just do it for the love of the art and loved the outlet for giving of "their message". Now since the numbers are larger as far as sales, cash intake and output, even radio spins artists no longer have the power cut records solely to spread their message such as back in the day. It's become even more formulaic as a result what we get is more artists that are less original, organic, and with less substance. "Hip hop took it to billions, I knew we would!" Nas Question is what do we do now? How do we get the substance back to balance the scales so that we won't have "97% of BS"?

    • welcome to: Our House

      Man you should check out DeadEndHipHop "Webisode 62: Pt. 2 The State of Hip Hop feat: Chris 'Play' Martin" on YouTube. It seems like you would appreciate it.

  • Anonymous

    how your gone say 97% of hip hop is terrible and praise DRAKE ? really DRAKE? he is totally the opposite of hip hop

    • Anonymous

      he embodies hip hop ? is singing hip hop ? i have nothing against singing , but look at chamillionaire how he does it and still keeps it hip hop

    • Jay-Z roasted entire Nas career in single song

      its another publicty stunt to catch attention & get Drake fanbase

    • Anonymous

      No, he embodies Hip Hop to the fullest. Hip Hop is the art of self-expression through rap and Drake is one of the absolute best at it.

  • jorgemcd

    Damn Lupe Be Lookin Like whoopi goldberg wit them glasses

  • Dumb Nigga

    Seirously Lupe shut the fuck up nigga. Your first two albums were cool but then this nigga released lasers and is now callin other music shit. Nigga shut the fuck up, release a real classic then talk, oh yeah stop sampling modest mouse too nigga.

  • richryne

    and common is dope, crooked i if that nigga wasnt so dark ( his mind not his skin)

  • richryne

    um and common is dope

  • richryne

    hip hop isnt art ne more.... its all about money not being creative. right, lupe is the only nigga i can even stand and his music is just around and around again with no point. its just meaningless babble that starts seeds of envy and anger. lupe wale j cole andre 3000 not nas ( he is full of it nigga makes his life up) def not drake, not kanye (which is sad he had so much potential) so on n so on , hip hop has potential to turn to the lightside but thats not where niggas minds at. and i still love what hip hop could represent

  • joser831

    Here's my list of favorite mc's in no particular order: 1)Aseop Rock 2)Slug 3)Wrekonize from Mayday! 4)Brother Ali 5)Lupe Fiasco 6)Immortal Technique 7)Murs 8)Phaoroe Monch 9)Tech N9ne 10)Andre 3000 Im suprised many that i mentioned on my list hadnt been mentioned yet!

  • lupe looks like whoopi goldberg

    lupe looks like whoopi goldberg

  • Youngindy21

    Sadly what Lupe is saying is true. I mean there are hardly anymore good Hip-Hop artist that make albums and music that people would dub as a classic. I mean the Stuff artist like Rick Ross and Lil Wayne put out is straight garbage and unoriginal. Most of the time they aren't even talking about anything in their lyrics and their beats are straight tired. Rappers I like include(in no particular order) 1. Nas 2. Eminem 3. Black Thought 4. Lupe Fiasco 5. Wale 6. Common 7. Childish Gambino 8. Kanye West (b4 his last solo album) 9. Kid Cudi(not the best rapper but his sound is original) 10. Ludacris or T.I. (couldn't decide) I didn't include really old rappers like Biggie, 2pac, Q-tip, and Rakim because they aren't exactly relevant anymore

    • @CJonno90

      So why am I a dumbass? You saying everybody should share the same opinion... because if the world followed the same train of thought as popularity dictates then Hip Hop/Music would be in a much worst place...

    • Jay-Z roasted entire Nas career in just a single song

      u slow ass fuck...how come Wale is better than anyone else. his lyrics is dead since MMG contract

    • Anonymous

      You forgot Hova.

    • Youngindy21

      Fuck You YM Killa. You need to calm down. I said they weren't relevant ANYMORE. Meaning they don't currently make music ABOUT what is going on in the world RIGHT NOW or they aren't making hit music. 2pac have been dead for 16 years and Biggie 15 years. And some people would even argue that Biggie was overrated due to his death so relax it is just one man's opinion.

    • Dboy

      Actually,Q-Tip came out with one of the best hip hop albums in the last decade...check it out...The Renaissance.

    • YM KILLA

      @CJonno90 "to each his own".....Dumb ass

    • @CJonno90

      "YM KILLA" Fuck you man each to their own...

    • YM KILLA

      FUCK YOU! dead rappers aren't relevant Biggie and 2pac are better then 90% or your whole gay list

  • Anonymous

    a lot of you guys are losers. Your lives revolve around hip hop. Everyday you wake up, log on to a blog site and complain about today's rap.

  • S

    And your part of the 97%, Lupe!

  • Ramon

    Not only is this nigga apart of the supposed 97%, it's damn ironic of him to praise Drake of all people. J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar are a few of the bright spots.

    • welcome to: Our House

      J. Cole does a lot of social commentary aswell...

    • Jay-Z roasted entire Nas career in just a single song

      fuck J Cole...there are plenty of other shit to talk about...smh

    • Anonymous

      Subject matter doesn't determine a lyricist, his way of saying things does.

    • umyeah

      J. Cole? or u serious? seeing that u said Lupe is 97% i can assume you dont know any better. What does Cole rap about other than "gettin signed, student loans, rapping, and women"? yeah, exactly.....i guess thats makes him a lyricist right? smh

  • Fruit Loopy

    99.9% including this douchebag, Laughterhouse and fucking Drake. Try again dipshit.

    • YM KILLA

      LOL! where does Fruit Loopy get his 97%? most of these so called "emcees" are dumb as fuck......Watch Lupe is going to sound like drake now FLOP

    • Anonymous

      Okay, then who do you think are a part of the 0.1%?

  • Anonymous

    It's funny 15 years ago getting a major record label deal meant so much but nowadays your better off without one, in a lot of cases anyway.

  • Anonymous

    that bold statement but i been saying the same shit here in my apartment some 98

  • Anonymous

    Anything about this man that gets posted on this site gets a shit load of comments... Congratulations Lu, you have made it!!

  • J Bizzle

    Todays popular rappers would not have survived ten years ago. Heck, they would have never been signed. You had to have talent to be in the rap game back then and lyrics such as "Coup the color of mayonaisse" wouldnt have made the cut.

    • C-Baz

      What are talking about homie? Ten years ago, Nelly was wack but he was big, Li'l Zane was wack but he was big, Ja Rule on his decline was wack but he was big, Fat Joe was wack but he was big, I could go on and on but my point after 2001, hip hop declined quality wise and corporate America wrapped it's dirty hands around hip hop. Hip hop was always wack rappers/MC's and before 2001 they had creative control. I do agree that hip hop was become oversaturated with bullshit MC's who do not have creative control and have become slaves to the major record labels.

    • Jay-Z roasted entire Nas career in just a single song

      MC Hammer has no substance bitch, even that lame ass J Cole urinate on his fucking radio ready single.

    • Anonymous

      Co-sign, Fat Boys were very good; Chubb Rock was brilliant at his peak and all four of these brothers >>>>>>> every obese Action Bronstein combined.

    • Anonymous

      "Fat boys were dope and Hammer would rap circles" Only in your dreams. Fucking 80's kid, stop thinking Rap back in the days was free of wack artists

    • Anonymous

      ^^^^^^ Fat boys were dope and Hammer would rap circles around Gucci Mane & Chief Keef, you have no idea what your talking about. We mocked Hammer for his style but lyrically he would shit all over most the stuff out today, sadly, not saying hammer was dope, todays shit is just that wack

    • Anonymous

      I don't know what you talking about, rap always had horrible artists, from Fat Boys to MC Hammer

  • Anonymous

    Yeah people are quick to knock him but who the fu*k other than young teenagers REALLY like today's hiphop. He's talking the truth hiphop ain't good other than a handful of people right now.

  • Anonymous

    this herb ame in the game praising NAS-saying he was the GOAT no dude is saying EM & Canibus infuenced him.... LOL

  • HIp Hop

    look at the interview not only does he say 97% of hipp hop is wack he doesnt listen to hip hop he says european dance music is his favorite and he says one of his favorite songs to dj is same damn time by Future not for its lyrics my point is this Lupe is an revolutionist who raps he raps but does he really represent the culture he like Drake but not Eminem ha

  • J

    Im starting to dislike these hip hop websites. It almost seems like youre trying to "tell on" Lupe. Not just him...but when ever someone does an interview the headline reads "so and so said this". Please. Just chill. I dont need an full article about an interview that is at the end of the article. I know yall need clicks to the website but damn.

  • Slick

    My list of Emcees that are the most lyrical are in this order : 1: Canibus ( only eminen fans think he sucks cause they don't understand ) 2: Eminem (Regardless of wheather he is white or not anyone with sense cannot deny he has some of the illest shit don't be a racist look at the basics) 3: Lupe fiasco : even in a time when hip hop sucks he is still able to delivery that old school hip hop style and still achieve moderate success

    • NUKEBOI

      fuck you Jay-Z is the GOAT, ya niggaz better suck mah cock or gtfohhhh

    • Well my top 7...

      "Fuck Atlanta" Eminem got more talent in his little toe than you would ever have... FACT! 3 critically acclaimed albums... And that The Marshall Mathers LP was the first album I ever heard so I've grown up to Eminem. Not like I even need to explain why he's my Number 1! It's all about opinion... But I'm just saying if you know anything about Hip Hop he would be in your top 20.

    • ^^^

      And what would your list consist of? Biggie & Pac in the top 2?

    • Fuck Atlanta

      ^^^^^^ Shittiest list ever. C'mon, Eminem, really??? Is that the best to you??? You don't seem to know much about Rap then.

    • Well my top 7...

      1. Eminem 2. Andre 3000 3. Nas 4. Black Thought 5. 2Pac 6. Master Ace 7. Lupe Fiasco 8. ... 9. ... 10. ...

    • anonymous

      nigga fuck you Ice Cube is a lyrical master, listen to shit like Dead Homiez, The Bomb and then you talk to me

    • Chunk Roc

      It's a good list tho. I actually agree with that whole list and that's rare. Only questionnable is Ice Cube. He is dope but not really worthy of the same place as the rakims and KRS etc... Here's the worst 5: Lil Gayne Drake Rick Ross 2 Chainz Vanilla Ice

    • Jacc

      "5 - Nas (Poetic nigga, best thing to come out of Queensbridge) 5 - Scarface (Great)" ?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! Are you illiterate?!

    • Immortal On My Grind

      Your list is ridiculous. here's mine: 1 - KRS-One (So thorough) 2 - Rakim (God) 3 - Kool G Rap (Fabolous, just incredible) 4 - Immortal Technique (Trill ass nigga) 5 - Nas (Poetic nigga, best thing to come out of Queensbridge 5 - Scarface (Great) 6 - Ice Cube (Writes beautiful lyrics) 7 - Guru (Gay but dope) 8 - Eminem (King of this honky shit) 9 - Biggie (Overrated because he died) 10 - 2Pac (Overrated because he died)

  • Anonymous

    THIS IS NOT NEWS!!

  • Quail Man

    Lupe Fiasco is right. Every YMCMBMMG song sounds exactly the same. Same subject matter (if you can call it that). Most of their music has little to no substance at all. I don't know how much longer I can take a rapper telling me how much more richer he his and the cars that I most likely will never drive. I feel like Hip Hop fans are finally accepting to settle for less by accepting rappers like Future and 2 Chainz. Come on, lets be serious, they're garbage. Remember when mainstream rap was real rap?

  • Anonymous

    Why is it that when a rapper has an upcoming album, they have to shit on everything that is current? I'm a fan of Lupe's first two albums and I'm not into some of the music out their now, but why sh*t on other dudes? Secondly, your hair and glasses are booty!

  • Anonymous

    But he is in the 97%

  • Anonymous

    normally don't like this dude... but the niggas been cool the past 2 months lol

  • GOLD N LEATHER

    LUPE FIASCO IS THAT DUDE WHO LIVE BY HIS RULES http://randomsheeeeeet.blogspot.com/

  • Anonymous

    lupe is gonna keep talkin shit like this till a artist has to diss him tellin him to shut the fuck up lupe just want some attention thats why he is changin why the fuck want to go indie now why get the dreads now when u should be goin bald soon he just wants everyone to be like yeah thats lupe the man of the people when in reality out of his small fan base that might hate this comment noone gives a shit about this pussy actin the victim the whole time....peace time for me to go to work

    • treet246

      changing? Lupe's content hasn't changed since he came out. Why do you have a problem cause Lupe doesn't want to be a puppet like 99% of the artist out now and this dude's fan base is definitely not small

  • Anonymous

    Damn, Lupe you might regret it later. People will oversee see your music and you're slowly annoying them already.

  • Anonymous

    dont hate on lu for lasers. that shit was not his product by any means.... i saw him in concert two years ago and he acapella-ed his "beautiful lasers" verses and we all thought it would be one of the best songs ever. then the album came out and i died inside haha. it aint his fault. the john legend song was given to him with the beat and the hook already completely finished and he still managed to make it a pretty catchy/conscious song

  • ill

    that track "bitch bad" is part of that 97%

    • Anonymous

      Well you better not be saying that then listening to any of YMCMB & MMG!

    • ill

      ^^^^ It doesn't matter if there's a "deep thought", rap music is not just about that. I don't care if he's rapping the cure for AIDS, if it sounds wack I don't wanna hear it.

    • Anonymous

      This is a lie have you actually listened to the lyrics there is some deep thought in there.

  • a1e

    I agree with him about 97% of hiphop being terrible but than to praise Drake of all people. Drake? That Lil Wayne impersonating Canadian soap actor? He is definition of shithop.

  • t

    usually when people talk about hip hip in a bad light they end up talking them self in to hole and regret half the shit they said later

  • uptownfirst

    What's new? Nothing to see here. Hip hop has been garbage for a long time. What's comical is that Drake or Lil Wayne can't and don't represent all of hip hop. They are two artists so stop bringing their names up when hip hop as a whole gets dissed. The culture as a whole, not those two artists, or maybe the ten cats at the most, who are representing, like J. Cole or Kendrick Lamar cannot compensate for the art form being trash now. Plain and simple, its like people still want to defend the shit, when Lupe is far from the first or last artist to blast the state of hip hop. If it wasn't garbage the issue would not continue to be brought up in every conversation. That's telling enough. Yet heads still want to talk about its in good hands?? Lupe is right 97 percent of the jokers who post audio on the audio section of this site I never heard of nor want to hear.

  • Lupe Fiasco Belongs To The GLAAD

    I already expected that, bitches get influenced by bitches.

  • Yeaaahh

    LUPE IS RIGHT!! There was a time in hip-hop when you heard you a song, you knew EXACTLY who the rapper was, but now everything sounds the same. Even the producers are copying each other. Producers like Lex Luger, Cardiak, Sonny Digital, and Mike Will have the same style of beats, and most of the rappers only talk about money, hoes, and clothes.

  • Big Ang

    I fuck wit Lupe. What he says is unfiltered. That's what makes him. He keeps it 100. And he prolly says shit like that to get people looking. To promote himself since the label doesn't help him with that.

  • Anonymous

    Drake has a lot of critics, talking about how soft he is, no one has ever dissed him on his lyrical abilities, you know why? cus he is lyrically one of the best. It is a hard pill to swallow but its the truth.

    • C-Baz

      which includes battling*

    • C-Baz

      @anonymous...I don't think I am. I am not associating lyricism with battling at all. The problem with Drake is when he said "Last name ever/first name greatest", he declared himself to be the greatest, so prove it. All the greats got scrutinized for saying they are best by us, so why should Drake get a pass, cuz? Hip hop is about lyricism, culture, competition which battling and expression. Drake may be good at expression but THAT IS AS FAR AS IT GOES. Btw, I respect your opinion but now I hope you understand where I am coming from.

    • red

      Drake ain't doing that better either

    • Anonymous

      C-Daz you are completely missing the point here, why do people always have to associate lyricism to battling? The purpose of a lyric is to convey and artistic expression with clarity and precision, in a way that the listening can damn near see what the artist is thinking. while still making it melodic and rythmic, thats the reason Drake better in my opinion.

    • C-Baz

      Drake would be destroyed by these cats*

    • C-Baz

      Drake is far from a lyrical. Matter of fact the he is lyrically subpar. As for new school hip hop artists, there are a few such as Big Krit, K-Dot, Ransom, Joey Bada$$, Elzhi etc. Drake would destroyed by these cats. Drake wants no part of Pusha T. I feel ashamed that he reps the city I'm from. Kardinal, Sakurates, Rascalz & Ghetto Concept were better artists than Drake but didn't get the same shine. Drake is wack and Lupe just downgraded himself by saying Drake is not a part of the 97%. Lupe last pop album was shit and if his next album is anything like his last then he will also be a part of wack MCs destroying hip hop. First he fucked up a Tribe track, then he bites and disrespects Pete Rock, and finally he hypes up Drake. Reminder the new Jay-Z is much better than Drake and Jay is a shadow of his former himself.

    • Chunk Dogg

      HAHA so true I love these cats going "Drake can spit" hahaa You guys don't know a damn thing

    • Kids these days

      If you think Drake is great lyrically, you have low standards and don't really understand lyricism. You get fooled by gimmicky lines and corny metaphors. Lupe is dumb "97% suck, but Drake's cool." Haha, your credibility is gone homie. Screw Drake's background, he's terrible on the mic, bring out the blackberry bruh and "freestyle" over something already written.

    • Anonymous

      Exactly. Drake CAN spit like a motherfucker, that's for sure.

    • YESSIR

      DRAKE KILLED LONNIE ON STAY SCHEMIN THEN PUNKED HIM AT THE GRAMMYS

    • 4loco

      losing to Common in a short-lived rap fued doesnt take away from Drake's lyrical abilities. Jay lost to Nas w/ether but does dat mean Jay cnt spit? Out of all the mainstream artists, Drake is 1of da few dat still actually spits when he raps & doesnt do the sing-a-longs.

    • Anonymous

      Does that change the fact that he is still lyrically one the best, and for your info Drake responded in 'stay scheming'. But thats even the point. Point is Drake is lyrically better than 90% or more of rapper out there.

    • Jose

      Not necessarily, the guy's not a bad artist, don't get me wrong. But let's not forget that Common did take a shot at him, whether it was a publicity stunt or just fixed, he still did it. Now Drake went and hid behind a rock, its true. That's when Common came out and was like "Nah I'm just playing", but had Common continued with Drake, he definitely would have embarrassed him.

  • realtalk1990s

    Thats because artists crossover just to cater to the people, instead people having to go and make a discovery. They just jump on the bandwagon of what radio is projecting as hot!

  • cmonson

    Man, hiphopdx stay on Lupe! If he praised all this wackness yall would still be giving him a hard time. But when he is honest, hiphopdx has to make multiple stories and go on and on and on. 97% of hip hop out right now IS wack! No surprise there. Just because Lupe said it, its a big deal. Yeah, Lasers sucked, but F&L and The Cool are 1000x better than whats out on mainstream radio.

  • Anonymous

    First out foremost I'd like to know something, why does every topic regarding "Drake" his dick riders come to? I mean, you don't like him, fine. That's your opinion, but it's the same as going on youtube searching Drake's song and making comments knowing fully well you aren't a fan. I think that's just gay. Anyway, I agree with Lupe. I hate al these songs artists are putting out, I prefer BARS, I'm into metaphors and punchlines and conscious music. Nowadays, it doesn't even make sense listening to hip-hop.

  • ChI

    Lupe has always been a real dude & intelligent. Yea, Lasers was mainstream but jus like Nas w/Nastradamus and even Kanye w/808's heartbreaks & arguably MBDTF, every artist is entitled to atleast 1 bad/mainstream album. Unless u come into da game w/a major-label album dat is mainstream(Jay BP,50 Cent GRODT,Drake TML etc.)I think it's safe to say u sold out w/more than 1 hip-pop album. So Lupe was entitled to dat 1(& dat shitty mixtape) but he shouldnt make another one...97% sounds about right tho but underground isnt so bad.

    • Anonymous

      Jay coming into the game with BP? LOL. Get your dumb ass out of here.

    • Anonymous

      ur crazy if you think MBDTF is mainstream/crappy. easily kanyes most artistic accomplishment of his career thus far. i wouldn't consider 2 minute intros/outros/interludes to be mainstream either (not saying i loved that, but on some songs i did)

  • magmatic123

    nas album is pretty good.... immortal technique does the same thing as lupe, political rap. i think he does it better.. lupe is just a more experienced jay cole.. he wants to change a system full of corruption that even micheal jackson couldnt break

  • Premo

    I've never heard Drake spit a wack bar yet. I don't care how soft he is, if he was wack I'd say he's wack, but he's not.

  • Anonymous

    Fuck outta here, Lupe. Lasers made Nastradamus look like Illmatic.

  • lilaj

    LOL DRAKE REALLY LUPE???? GO LOOK HARDER YOU'LL FIND MUCH BETTER MUSIC THAN DRAKE.

  • problemz/problema

    Lupe lookin like Beaker from Muppet babies nowadays...

  • Anonymous

    F&L and The Cool is definately two of the classic records this decade. Lupe has nuff right to look down on 97% and call them wack.

    • Anonymous

      Exactly, this generation has ADD like a motherfucker, lol Its like sayin Ice Cube aint allowed to have an opinion because of "We Be Clubbin" and a couple kids movies, bitch he still wrote Fuck the police & Death Certificate he can say what he wants

  • Robbin Tanks 4 Ammo

    Dude is right, but damn 97% of his last album sucked more than 97% of the rappers today

  • Anonymous

    99% suck + LAUGHTERHOUSE + Loopy Fiasco

  • fishin

    I would respect lupe more if he had a couple of 40glocc features.

  • reason

    lol dont worry laughterhouse will soon get caught up in their hype their album wont be worth shit. Drake is probably one of the most talented artist out their today dont act like he didnt drop good mixtapes but now niggas want to act like he gay cuz he does some song ballads lmfao where were you at when 50 cent was singing his hooks lmao or kanye

    • Anonymous

      People can't appreciate talent if it ain't stereotypical. Drake is one of the most gifted artists to ever come up in this genre.

    • yocuz

      that is actually a very great way to put it anonymous. personally i dont think hes very lyrically talented though. hes definetaly a rapper for the girls

    • Anonymous

      Nobody thinks he's really gay, his music is just really soft, he's the Micheal Botlon of Rap, listening to one of his albums is like watching "The Notebook", just not my style, I respect the talent and I'm pretty sure he isnt "Gay" but I have no intrest in listening to audio chick flicks, it is what it is

  • Anonymous

    People give Lupe a hard time bout that Lasers album when we all know the label forced him into that shit, same reason he just said he wants to go Indy. At this point, if you in the rap game I dont know why you would even sign to a major, them motherfuckers aint sellin a whole lot of records anyway, Wayne is this generations biggest Icon with more promotion then Micheal Jackson in the 80's and the biggest company in the game pumping his shit and it all adds up to a double platinum sales number, GTFOH, lol Only reason to sign to a major is if your a lazy fuck and want other people to do the work for you.

    • Anonymous

      FUCK OUTTA HERE! I CAN'T HEAR THT BULLSHIT ABOUT THE LABEL FORCING HIM ANYORE!!! LUPE DECIDED TO GO THIS WAY HIMSELF, HENCE THE MIXTAPE AFTERWARDS SOUNDING LIKE LASERS RELOADED, A LITTLE UGPRAGED LYRICS DIDN'T DO IT!!!

    • Anonymous

      No listen to the mixtape afterwards it's clear he made the decision to go that way himself and it backfired so he blamed the label and they were alright with that. That's when I lost a load of respect for Lupe. AND CUT YOUR HAIR LUPE!

  • Anonymous

    The homie Lupe is pretty much voicing the opinion of all you hip hop heads but yet you bash him ? oh I get it, its because he co-signed Drake in the process.

  • Anonymous

    97% of hip hop is terrible including lupe fiasco

  • Anonymous

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  • milehighkid303

    I co-sign the dude that was saying Lupe USED to be part of the 3% until he dropped that frisbee of a disc in Lasers.... "And I aint seen Lupe wit his board since he came out...." -Banks, "718 Nigga"

    • milehighkid303

      @2 anon, you got it right homie, I understand it wasn't his fault but STILL a bunch of Euro trash put together dont make it hip hop. sorry.

    • Anonymous

      Throwing all kinds of overproduced euro-trash together doesn't make it creative.

    • Yeaaahh

      I don't understand why people think Lasers is a bad album. The beats didn't sound like anything out at the time and the lyrcism was still there. It was just a little more radio friendly. That's all.

    • @CJonno90

      If he came in and just dropped Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor, Lupe Fiasco's The Cool & LupE.N.D. (and it would have been like the first 2) then just retired he would have been remembered as a great... hopefully he can recover his legacy with Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 & Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 2.

    • Anonymous

      It's hard to admit, but it's the goddamn truth. The real Lupe ain't there anymore, that's what happens when you get caught up in your own hype. I will always hold the Lupe off the first three mixtapes, Food & Liquor and The Cool in loving memory though. Nigga was on his way to be a GOAT.

  • Neon Voyce

    Thats the reason we in Europe don't listen to US hip hop anymore...

  • Anonymous

    R.I.P. Lupe Fiasco 2006-2007.

  • Anonymous

    It's offical, Lupe is on drugs.

  • @CJonno90

    I guess that's why the internet is so dope so instead of only really having access to what's on the radio and TV you can dig deeper and search for yourself and not listen to just what's put in front of you still a load of these kids today don't put the work in to find out what real Hip Hop is like I've been doing for the past 6 months I'm just working my way through Masta Ace's discography now. Good Hip Hop is out there it's just sometimes you have to look for yourself.

    • Anonymous

      Props. Ace is one of the best ever. Glad that I own copies of Disposable Arts and A Long Hot Summer.

  • Jay

    Early Jay-Z? So he's basically implying that Jay-Z sucks now.

  • Anonymous

    been waiting for this interview with breakfast club a long time and he's right hip-hop is not like it used to be

  • dentaldamboy

    It's clear that all of the Drake haters are poor, uneducated and lack a strong work ethic. Drake is an intelligent guy who works hard and has become very successful. Obviously people who can't relate to drake are a bunch of broke welfare recipients. Sorry to be so honest, but there's no way around it. Drake always keeps it real and raps about what's on his mind. That's the epitome on hip hop right there. Don't hate on Drake...if you want to make something of yourself, get an education and get a job.

    • C-Baz

      Everytime I see dentaldamboy's comment I am guaranteed to see typed diarrhea. How can you say that people who don't listen to Drake are welfare recipients? Listen, you are entitled to your opinion but at least come across as intelligent considering that you are YMCMB's accountant (which I don't believe at all) and you graduated from LSU with good grades. FYI Drake is not well educated cuz. Good luck with your idiotic viewpoints.

    • Anonymous

      What's wrong about being in a business for the money side of it? Why do so many respected greats big up YMCMB every chance they get? Being praised for lyrical ability doesn't pay your bills and aside from the greats who made it to the mainstream level, most of the other highly lyrical guys who came from the underground stayed there and aren't remembered, either.

    • free chill

      that's an absurd statement. i'm starting medical school and come from upper middle class new york city. furthermore, i believe drake is wack as all hell. i'm hard working, I'm successful to this point in my life, but that has no correlation to my taste in music. i find most of the YMCMB "fans" are poor and uneducated and listen to their music as an escape to make them feel better about their own lives. YMCMB as a whole is an embarrassment of a label full of industry clowns. but that's another story. their artists sacrifice dignity for profit. as far as drake goes, to quote another member, i really don't care to listen to audio soap operas. drake's technical abilities are there, but i could give two shits about what he talks about. he has no substance. women money weed etc. he sold out before he put out his first album. he's just in it for the money, he doesn't care about a message. is drake or wayne gonna be remembered in 20 years? probably not. most people forgot about wayne after carter 3.

    • dentaldamboy

      Sure I do. I majored in accounting at LSU and CMR recruits corporate people there. I had good grades and during the interview I demonstrated that I was a huge cash money fan so they have me a chance.

    • Anonymous

      Now u know u dont work 4 the Williams brothers.. stop frontin

    • dentaldamboy

      I'm an accountant for Cash Money Records.

    • Anonymous

      ^^ Being Drake's personal urinal.

    • simpleTOM

      so what do you do for a living?

  • Anonymous

    He aint lying tho

  • Anonymous

    We still have Ab-Soul, Andr 3000, Big Boi, Big K.R.I.T., Black Hippy, Black Thought, Common, El-P, Eminem, J. Cole, Jay Rock, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Killer Mike, Lupe Fiasco, Mos Def, Nas, Pharoahe Monch, Phonte, Raekwon, Royce da 5'9", ScHoolboy Q, Slaughterhouse, Talib Kweli, Tech N9ne, T.I., Wu-Tang etc. that are relevant today

    • Anonymous

      The problem is most of the artist you mentioned are lazy or inactive. Thats why I now listen to alot of underground hip hop cause all the dudes doing real hip hop are lazy as fuck when It comes to releasing material. I respect quality control but when I takes dudes 3-4 years to put out material that sounds like mixtapes Its hard not to get annoyed.

    • Anonymous

      Nope, I don't think/know it I do think the whole Black Hippy click is dope as fuck...

    • Anonymous

      Only talented weed carriers in rap were AZ and Cormega.

    • FINALLY

      Finally someone with sense, if Lupe looked he would find any of these artists that are much better than Drake and himself.

    • Anonymous

      Jay Rock sucks. Matter of fact, the whole Black Hippy camp is wack except for Kendrick. And you know it.

  • truth

    says the guy who collaborated with and praised LIL B....yeah.wtf Lupe.just shut up n drop the album yo

    • Anonymous

      First, never collaborated. Second, praised the INSTRUMENTALS on the album which were all dope. Third, September 25th- F&L2!

  • Anonymous

    And so is drake...

  • Anonymous

    Lupe, u killin me man. U say 97% of the rappers out are terrible. U were in the 3%, until u dropped that wack ass Lasers album. Until I hear F&L2, u're in the 97%....

  • Anonymous

    I agree, Hip Hop is terrible.

  • Nuova Shenron

    i dont understand why everyone hates drake his lyrics are dope his flow is dope he's a story teller he doest pretend he's someone he's not he doesn't rap about guns, selling coke or growing up in the hood he's everything you guys asked for and you hate him

  • BLACK

    NIGGAZ HATE ON DRAKE BUT DONT QUESTION SLAUGHTERHOUSE... WTF IS SLAUGHTERHOUSE TALKING ABOUT?? YEAH THERE'S MAD CONTENT THERE...SLAUGHTERHOUSE REPRESENTS WHAT HE SAID PERFECTLY, PUTTING WORDS TOGETHER, BEING GOOD TECHNICALLY...BUT THEY DON'T TALK ABOUT SHIT!! DRAKE IS ONE OF THE MOST PERSONAL MUSICIANS EVER, HE'S BEEN TALKING ABOUT HIS REAL LIFE FROM THE BEGINNING...YES, SOMETIMES HE GETS CAUGHT UP ON THE LIGHTS AND STARTS TALKING SHIT LIKE MOST OF YOUR FAVORITE RAPPERS, BUT FOR THE MOST PART HE'S REAL...CALL HIM A BITCH NIGGA OR WHATEVER, CUZ I KNOW ALL YALL ARE HARDCORE THUGS, BUT HE'S REAL!

    • Anonymous

      What the FUCK do you expect from a group named Slaughterhouse? They're just that, rappers rapping about rap, something that has been clearly missing.

    • Anonymous

      Pray, Move On, Cut You Loose, Rain Drops, Salute etc.

    • & Cities SLymm

      * anyone who trul followed the individual careers of SLAUGHTERHOUSE would know that they have meaningful music (examples: Royce "DeathIs Certan" Budden "Mood Music") * their strengths are in the LYRICISM * if you want a personal song from te group try "Move On"...therefore they do NOT represent what Lupe said * Drake is talented, but i just don't relate to a kid who grew up rich in the burbs and got everywhere because of connections...but he is talented * i think Lupe was referring more to 2 Chainz, Future, CashOut, Waka, Driicky Graham ect

    • Anonymous

      maybe if u heard Death Is Certain and Mood Musik 1 thru 4, u would have a different perspective.

  • 7 CitiesSLymm

    * "But to me, the substance is just terrible. 97% of Hip Hop is terrible." =TRUTH!!! * corporate AmeriKKKa nowinfluences "Hip-Hop" in the 80s & 90s it was the othr way around

  • blackula

    I like Lupe, but man, this dude loves to complain.Cottdamn!! Just put out music and stfu.

    • @CJonno90

      And you didn't get what I meant it's hard to explain but it's something along the lines off "well you want to hear their opinion in one way or another just shut up and hear what they preaching"

    • Anonymous

      You knew what he meant.

    • @CJonno90

      So if he put out music and STFU then all you would hear is a beat tape... some of y'all aren't capable of putting a full thought together.

  • kayaman

    97% Of Hip Hop Is Terrible but he praises Drake.....tha fuck???

  • shuttaman

    lmao wack ass nigga. fuck him and anybody that love em shout out to KTT!

  • YESSIR

    DRAKE IS A GOD TO ALL THESE RAP NIGGAS

  • Anonymous

    Niggas have been working hard? Wordking where nigga??? In the kitchen? STFU 97% of Hip Hop is wack so is JETLIFE116. Just cuz u work hard don't mean the music is good

    • JETLIFE116

      shut up niggah u aint hip hop, u probably think Flex is cool still listening to the radio n shit

  • Lumba

    97%?? Really? That's just a cocky and ignorant thing to say. Although the best artists aren't getting much mainstream attention, that puts a huge number of good artists in the "terrible" category. He just ain't happy with the dudes gettin more money than him. It ain't like Lupe doesn't make radio grabs. Lupe, dog, your deep lyrics make you special, you have fans that fuck with you, dude, just focus on yourself and give us good music.

    • R.Pgh

      If you go to DatPiff and see all the bullshit wannabe rappers put out, you'll realize that 97% is probably not too far off.

  • Anonymous

    drake suckss disney crapper

  • Anonymous

    His braids to tight. Drake. SMDH.

  • JETLIFE116

    Nah I got to disagree with Lupe & he's one of my top 5, but still there is a revival happening - theres niggas working hard as fuck putting out mixtapes & maintaining a fan-base then this niggas says "nah no more free music" like Lupe your dope but over there years niggas have been working hard as fuck & homie needs to get off that label, like he's too good for his Fahrenheit 1/15 mixtapes...he need to chill

  • Anonymous

    i hope the 97% get at him

  • Anonymous

    so he knows what hip hop needs then drop a classic on us

  • Htown

    I would agree. 97% is garbage. Listen to the radio and listen to the deadness smh Indie rock/indie pop will take over hip hop...and this is coming from a black man

  • Anonymous

    Drake????? Really?????

  • ETK

    lmao ok Lupe chill. I think you got your point through. just start hanging out with lyricists or somethin', get Tech n9ne/Slaughterhouse/Kendrick Lamar on a collab

  • Anonymous

    i say 98% of hip hop is terrible all the real shit has gone underground the mainstream is wack its all for lil kids and females no one makes music for the niggas in the hood

  • Skylivedk

    ... I like Lupe, but how is going to praise Drake and at the same time criticize the rap game?

    • Anonymous

      I see where Lupe's coming from but tbh i dont like drake at all i think hes weak but not wack he can rap but its always about the same thing and i dont like his flow (the similies being replaced with a pause) or voice and hes very effeminate with his emotions or his digs at older vets.. but yea 2 chainz french montana wacka flocka gucci mane soulja boi plies azzaleia banks iggy azzalea v-nasty kreyshawn and thats 97% right there

    • ETK

      I don't support him bigging Drake but I can understand why: cause Drake does different music than most of the rap game. Different which doesn't necessarily mean good(to me) but I guess for Lupe that's good enough

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