Lupe Fiasco Elaborates On Comment That "97 Percent Of Hip Hop Is Terrible"

Lupe Fiasco backs up his opinion that substance-wise, Hip Hop is mostly terrible.

Last week, Lupe Fiasco made comments that “97 percent of Hip Hop is terrible,” explaining that the substance of mainstream music isn’t of quality. During an interview with “Windy City Live” (via FSD), the Chicago, Illinois native elaborated on his comments, stating that the culture is technically at a high point but the messages in the music are subpar.

“I think the substance of it. I think technically, it’s great. The music is as well-produced as it’s ever been, videos are as polished, the chains are as clean, the models are as beautiful as they’ve ever been… But then you get into the substance of the records. The majority of commercial Hip Hop – most of what everybody sees is commercial Hip Hop – is lacking substance. Terribly.”

The outspoken rapper explained what it would take for Hip Hop to get back to a good place. He said that there are few artists who are willing to address the problems in Hip Hop but the problems have become the norm.

“I think there should be a balance. On the radio, you turn it on and every other record is referring that bitch, that negative lifestyle. There’s a premium kind of put on the things that are somewhat whimsical but at the same time dangerous. It’s funny. Over the past 10 years, the things in Hip Hop that we’ve allowed to become the norm. It’s kind of taboo at a certain point to address a certain issue. And the artists that did it, people like Eminem, you knew they were all through the roof because it was so exotic and so through the roof.”

Watch the full interview below.

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216 Comments

  • SMH

    Lupe is right all the hip hop music today is CRAP and for those who think otherwise are brainwashed by this new bs I'm young but listen to music from the 90's and rap was way better then the shit that's playing now. All they rap about is sex, money and drugs. -____- Anybody can become a rapper these days smh, the only thing good about hip hop these days is the instrumental.

  • Lupe Belongs To The GLAAD

    This nigga is worse than Phife HHDX should get off his dick Obama is just some puppet ass nigga

  • Anonymous

    He right ain't shit evolving. Maybe financially and marketingwise but artistically it sucks baboon balls. Too worried about brand recognition and packaging but the product is garbage. It's good for the industry but bad for the culture which can be a lot like the movie industry where action blockbusters can coexist with the dramas and comedies in the same multiplex, there's something for everybody in hip hop but they only focus on one thing and it's hurting the art and minizing the earning potential of execs who profit of this shit (to put it in perspective). So Lupe has a point.

    • ^

      This dude is a stupid fuckboy who doesnt know shit.

    • Mad Lion

      Hoo gives a fuck about evolving? Rap music is alright niga we got some cool shit this niga Lupe is just mad cause his records ain't selling but that's alright rappers do what they have to do in order to move units.

  • Anonymous

    They dumbded down the music in turn dumbing down the people now we are all fucked. The music sucks its making the kids brainless retards that fiend more material gratification and sex as the only thing they peruse in life. Its just a bunch of bullshit and the rappers that are promoting it need to take a bullet to the head.

  • Mikes

    Want music with substance? Download The Illz - The darkest hour http://www.mediafire.com/?c3lctc3ecp68a41

  • John-Boy

    Like he said, we have allowed garbage to become the norm. Gone are the days when popular rappers actually had talent. These days the barrier to entry is so low that ANYBODY is allowed to rap. When an artist like Future who can barely produce English words is considered dope, you know the art is in trouble.

  • Bradzuk

    Action Bronson, A.Dd+, A$AP Rocky, Curren$y, Big Boi, All of TDE, SpaceGhostpurrp, Oddissee, Kool Keith, Joey Bada$$, Has-Lo, Meyhem Lauren, MAYDAY!, Das Racist, SPace3man, Elzhi...... THE LIST GOES ON. They may not all be mainstream, but theyre all good, and high on substance. (except maybe A$AP and curren$y, but what they're doin is straight up awesome, so i dont care if its sbstance is weak) also, LUPE, just cause people arent claiming the "president is the biggest terrorist" doesnt mean they arent talking about anything interesting or important. it doesnt always have to be political idiot blather

    • ....

      Your naming a whole load of underground rappers... And a quote from Lupe "The majority of commercial Hip Hop most of what everybody sees is commercial Hip Hop is lacking substance. Terribly."

  • Bradzuk

    This claim is sooooo tired. People have been sayin this since "Rappers delight" in 79. I'm just gettin tired of it. At this point, ya there is a lot of substanceless hip hop (cough cough, nas) but for the most part, the substance lacking mainstream hip hop has taken a backseat to the rest of it. The underground, or indie, or whatever you wanna call it, seems to have taken more of a leading role lately. El-p and Killer mikes albums (both of which had fascinating lyrics) were huge, as was Krits, Kanye's, Drakes and the slew of awesome mixtapes lately (Kendrick). I think people REALLY just like to bitch about hip hop because it makes them feel better about their own lack of talent. Open your ears people.

  • Anonymous

    To all clowns hatin on Lupe....... the dudes is one of the top2-3 niggas spittin today and he is right on about the state of hip hop. Just becuse he's basically shittin on ur favorite no substance havin rappers ur pissed. It'll be ok though, u can still support that bull shit yall listen to. Stop reading the man comments if ur gonna cry like hoes. Have the niggas cryin cant comprehend the man lyrics. Detroit Bitch!!!! LOL

  • ac orchestration 6h

    lupe recently dropped 'around my way' and 'bitch bad' yet people are still saying he's in that 97% or 'what have you done lately', he can't come back from lasers etc. lupe still has it, i think those songs are plenty of proof AND these are 'radio hits', nonetheless. if those are the radio hits then i can't wait for the rest of the album.

    • ac orchestration 6h

      these tracks have substance. period. they are on the radio. tracks with substance on the radio in 2012? unprecedented. dude is practicing what he's preaching. nobody claimed they were his best work (they are radio hits mind you). but the dude is working and if there's anybody in todays game that has the credibility to criticize the substance of hip hop, its lupe. that's the argument. do these songs have substance, not whether or not they are his best. but thanks for your critique "anonymous." i needed to clarify my point to a greater extent because it seems like you had a difficult time comprehending it.

    • Anonymous

      wow. TWO songs that would barely crack the list's bottom of his discography. foh.

  • Picturesque

    At the end of the day, none of this matters. We'll see if he can back up his claims with his music.

    • ....

      Well his claim is that 97% has no substance... Lupe's music is always gonna have substance. Learn to read dickhead.

  • Blaklex

    Writing this comment before reading any other comments. Since Lupe announced that he was releasing another album, this clown has been running his mouth on a weekly basis. Anything to promote your album I guess. I used to think this guy was in a league of his own. Now, I'm pretty much fed up with this jackass!

    • ....

      Yeah he's goes to different radio stations and shit to promote gets asked questions and answers them truthfully, I wouldn't respect him if he didn't.

  • That boy

    I like Lupe...by 97%? Dude, Sideline Story by J Cole was a big seller and was all substance. Eminem's substance has watered down a bit but he's still in the game. Kendrick Lamar is coming up, he has messages and substance in every track. And even Kanye doesn't get enough credit for the content in his music (don't just listen to Mercy and Birthday Song, people). Still a Lupe fan though.

  • That boy

    I like Lupe...by 97%? Dude, Sideline Story by J Cole was a big seller and was all substance. Eminem's substance has watered down a bit but he's still in the game. Kendrick Lamar is coming up, he has messages and substance in every track. And even Kanye doesn't get enough credit for the content in his music (don't just listen to Mercy and Birthday Song, people). Still a Lupe fan, but not liking this comment.

  • Anonymous

    This is why Chicago is soft...They produce fraud bitch niggas like Lupe.

    • @CJonno90

      @Anonymous #1 He's saying he's hit publicly calling out all these wack ass rappers, you came on a blog to bitch about Lupe... out of the 2 who the the real "bitch nigga"?

    • Anonymous

      @anonymous #2 You need a proof reader nigga...another smart dumb motherf*cker

    • Anonymous

      You need to think a little bite bro. Are you doing anything positive? Are trying to put out positive music out there? Are helping the kids and families who are caught in the violence. I don't think so you need to rethink what you are saying.

    • @CJonno90

      That comment is so hypercritical and you don't have the intellect to understand why...

  • Incandenza

    BREAKING NEWS: In a press conference convened in Manhattan yesterday, a spokesman for Hip Hop declared that "97% of Lupe Fiasco is terrible." Elaborating further, the spokesman continued: "Let's face it. Lupe is trying to stay in the game by manufacturing a fake-ass persona, and no one cares what he has to say."

  • Anonymous

    Fuck this fraud ass nigga. Dude's been doing the same, negative ass music, before his label created a that fake ass alternate image for him.

    • ETK

      How the fuck can a label completely create a fake image of you, they have pull over the shit you release but not that much... Damn

    • BNI

      Lupe was rapping about negative shit back in 2001 through 2002 when he stopped and he got signed by Atlantic in 2006 so that's 4 years he was doing positive music before being signed to a major label if you listened to all his mixtapes being signed like I did you would know that.

    • @CJonno90

      Yeah negative stuff... as oppose to other rappers who are just spreading light I suppose.

  • GQ

    5 of the Top 6 Rap Songs According to Billboard (Commercial Rap): Mercy No Lie Bag of Money Take it to the Head Amen 5 songs that aren't about anything except foolishness. Sorry haters, facts don't lie.

  • Anonymous

    Dudes way over rated itsretarded. U guysact like hes the hiphop messiah when hes ok at best. Not to mention a whiny bitch that makes pop music then cries about how itshis labels fault..then bashes the industry for making pop music lmao.

    • ETK

      He's not bashing pop music you god damn idiot, he did come-sign Drake... At least the army of stans read what he fucking says.

    • Anon...

      Well he says things people get passionate about...

    • Anonymous

      word. aside from nas and immortal technique, dude got the most ridiculous army of stans ever.

    • @CJonno90

      For whatever Lasers sounded like sonically it still had a message in every song! Unlike, well turn the TV on or the Radio you won't anything as thought provoking as what Lupe says. But if you wanna listen to dumbed down big beat music, DO WHATEVER THE FUCK YOU WANT!

  • Anonymous

    How the fuck does lasers lack substance??? Everyone has bashed that album because of its mainstream beats. Mostly every song on that album is full of lyricism except "I don't wanna care right now" and "out of my head" which were still filled with high diction and complex/dope similes. Words I never said, beautiful lasers, even his mainstream first single the show goes on, which was an inspiring positive song had a message. You fucking cunts never cease to surprise me with your bullshit. This man is most intelligent hip-hop artist out there preaching positivity and inspiring people to use their brains to change the world for the better. Fuck you prepubescent minded ass conformists...

  • Abdi

    Lupe is speaking the truth man. All ya complaning about him whining and bitching need to kick back. Most of yall complain and whine about how hip hop is dead, and when a dude says what you niggas feel, you hate on him? wtf. Most of ya niggas hating on that man for no reason. Its YOU that needs to stop bitching about how much lupe is so called "whinin". come on man.

    • Anonymous

      lupe should say what he feels through his muisc, like he did a few years ago, before he got caught up in his own hype.

  • Anonymous

    YOU KNOW WHO STARTED THIS DIRTY STYLLE RAP & BULL ISH 10-TEN YEARS AGO!? IT WAS YOUR BOY FERARRI F-50! CENTS IT MAKES KIDD! HE ACTUALLY DROPPED A MIX TAPE EARLIER THIS YEAR CALLLED THE BIG TEN! THIS CAT IS MAKING OVER 400 MILL STILL...

    • REBELutionary

      Well it's Biggie who really started it... but Biggie was actually good at it, imma quote Mr. Marshall Mathers "Pissed off, cause Biggie and 'Pac just missed all this Watchin all these cheap imitations get rich off 'em and get dollars that shoulda been there's like they switched wallets And amidst all this Crist' poppin and wristwatches I just sit back and just watch and just get nauseous"

  • udder

    [insert unoriginal whoopi goldberg joke]

  • ETK

    for the record, anyone that calls Lupe preachy or whatever... SOMEONE FUCKIN HAS TO BE with the way hip-hop is, nobody's stepping up to the plate and addressing the problems some of y'all are bitching about HERE day in, day out, all around the clock. it's been years now, and Lupe's been saying the same thing ever since Dumb It Down When DMX called out Ross for rapping about the same shit, niggas applauded him. but everyone knows it's much more than Rick Ross, hip-hop is saturated with most of the same shit. don't act like Lupe doesn't have a point

    • ETK

      Well again, someone has to do it

    • Anonymous

      "it's been years now, and Lupe's been saying the same thing ever since Dumb It Down" Does nigga really think he'll EVER convince fans of that form of that Hip Hop though? The only people he'll reach are the ones that already feel disgusted about the current stance of Hip Hop.

    • BrownSuga

      Right! He's right about the substance. I'd rather ahve instrumentals of some of this music write now and freestyle to it myself in the car. The real problem is that society is believing this stuff and taking it from entertainment to real life. They dont even know what the issues of the world are so how can they understand what the rapper is talking about but they know about taking your girl to mall and buying her stuff or buying a new car. Its sad.

  • hazy

    hey lemme make another Whoopi Goldberg joke cause I ain't got nothin else to fuckin say!

  • Anonymous

    Says the guy whose business partner got locked up for distribution of Heroin....Yoko Ono might have ruined Lennon, but what's Lupe's excuse?

  • Anonymous

    he scared to say i aint 100 percent of hip hop is bullshit.

  • Anonymous

    damn this nigga wrote the book on back pedaling. i dont know why he bothers to make statements all is does is take them back.

    • Anonymous

      Why should Obama have been tossed? Congress writes the laws and passes the bills, not the president.

    • cano

      this election is a lose lose for america. black, white, yellow, grean, purple. Chistian, Muslim, Jew, Hindu, athiest, agnostic. POINT BLANK PERIOD. neither one of these men are capable in my personal opinion of even setting foot in the white house. obama should have been tossed already. romney is no better. left wing, right wing, whatever you are this election is the worst in American history.

    • ResignationToTheEnd

      For real, he should be Mitt Romney's running mate.

  • Anonymous

    LUPE IS A GENIUS, ANYONE WHO FAILS TO SEE THE TRUTH IN HIS WORDS SIMPLY LACK LOGIC OR ARE JUST IGNORANT KIDS

    • Anonymous

      I didn't know that it would take a genius to be aware of the direction that Hip Hop is heading in. Damn, get off his dick.

  • cano

    lupe fiasco is looking like a black lesbian nowadays. wtf is wrong with him?

  • d-nucks

    well its not like this nigga is lying...its the truth..for instance...what the fuck is that Lil wayne and Big Sean song about? "homies still" What the fuck is Good Music "Mercy" about? What the fuck is that maybach song...chick bad looking like a bag a money about? Or what about 2 ChAINS AND DRAKE "NO LIE" SONG ABOUT? ABSOULUTELY NOTHING....nobody including the above artist can give a logical explanation of what them songs are about....just a beat with random shit being said. Lupe is not lying.

  • kingBeno

    This dude is all over the place. While I'll agree with it being 97% Garbage, he isn't dropping anything and hasn't in a minute. His last album in my opinion wasn't all that hot. There is Hip-Hop out there that is true to the core, but if you are listening to what's mainstream, of course your opinion of the genre will change. But him wearing locks looking like a throwback das efx doesn't make him relevant to the scheme of things. We're the fan so are critique is necessary and warranted. But for an artist who hasn't came out with anything, your reaching.Your promoting your album. The dude has had to back track regarding Obama before.

    • Shady 2.0

      Well "KingBeno" can fuck back off because he don't know shit.

    • ETK

      KingBeno where the fuck have you been

    • tlaj

      hes about to drop food and liquor part 2, and he's dropped around my way (freedom aint free) and bitch bad, both of which have more legitimate content than what 97% of hip hop has put out in the past year. hes not trying to start controversy. the shit started when he answered a simple question on a radio station regarding some shitty rap song. he gave his honest opinion and now people are bitching like "oh lupe is just talking shit, he doesnt know anything blah blah blah". hes a smart dude who knows how to analyze the genre. bitch bad is a good testament to that, for starters.

  • Truth

    So the guy who made Lasers says rap is "lacking in substance?" Really? This is like a prostitute complaining about prostitutes.

    • Anonymous

      How the fuck does lasers lack substance??? Everyone has bashed that album because of its mainstream beats. Mostly every song on that album is full of lyricism except "I don't wanna care right now" and "out of my head" which were still filled with high diction and complex/dope similes. Words I never said, beautiful lasers, even his mainstream first single the show goes on, which was an inspiring positive song had a message. You fucking cunts never cease to surprise me with your bullshit. This man is most intelligent hip-hop artist out there preaching positivity and inspiring people to use their brains to change the world for the better. Fuck you prepubescent minded ass conformists.

    • Anonymous

      Lupe is nobody compared to anybody if you wanna get philosophical.... we are all equal so you cannot say is better than anyone, including diddy and waka mane.

    • Anonymous

      Another troll / haterass. The reason we underrate Laser is because of it's production. Listen to the lyrics before you show your ignorance.

    • Anonymous

      hypocrite.... everyone in the world is one.

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  • Anonymous

    Sorry Lupe, but you're in that 97% you coon. Man I actually used to like Lupe, now he acts like a bitch!

    • REBELutionary

      I think the substance of it. I think technically, its great. The music is as well-produced as its ever been, videos are as polished, the chains are as clean, the models are as beautiful as theyve ever been But then you get into the substance of the records. The majority of commercial Hip Hop most of what everybody sees is commercial Hip Hop is lacking substance. Terribly. That's his definition of "97 Percent Of Hip Hop Is Terrible" so please explain how he's in that "97%"... What? Oh you can't. Yeah thought not.

  • Anonymous

    Obama is a terrorist theres no lie about that

  • Anonymous

    Lupe looks like Whoopi Goldberg...Lmao!!!

  • Anonymous

    I think the substance of it. I think technically, its great. The music is as well-produced as its ever been, videos are as polished, the chains are as clean, the models are as beautiful as theyve ever been But then you get into the substance of the records. The majority of commercial Hip Hop most of what everybody sees is commercial Hip Hop is lacking substance. Terribly. ^ I agree 100%

  • d-nucks

    well its not like this nigga is lying...its the truth..for instance...what the fuck is that Lil wayne and Big Sean song about? "homies still" What the fuck is Good Music "Mercy" about? What the fuck is that maybach song...chick bad looking like a bag a money about? Or what about 2 ChAINS AND DRAKE "NO LIE" SONG ABOUT? ABSOULUTELY NOTHING....nobody including the above artist can give a logical explanation of what them songs are about....just a beat with random shit being said. Lupe is not lying.

  • Anonymous

    Lupe looks like Lenny Kravitz! Cut yo motherfuckin hair! lmao

  • GQ

    It is funny and sad to look at the comments on this page. I swear some people will defend and support ignorance and negativity no matter what. I have yet to read a comment that explains why what Lupe said is false. All I see is attacks on him personally (his hair, Lasers, etc). If you don't like the man, then you don't like the man. But don't ignore or dismiss the message because it comes from him. The truth is the truth no matter what mouth it comes from.

    • Anonymous

      I don't think people criticizing Lasers has anything to do with him personally. I think those people are caring fans that don't want Lupe to dumb down and appeal at an audience that's only there as long as he is popular. Cause truthfully speaking, he wouldn't be where he's now without his core fanbase.

    • Anonymous

      Well said, you deserve a 2 thumbs up for that.

  • VicManMan

    Lupe Fiasco is good man who I think won't be truly appreciated until he's gone. This article highlights the least important segment in the interview. It's like they're trying to paint him as this preachy snob but when you watch his interviews he obviously cares deeply about what he's talking about. It's upsetting seeing these comments with people saying "just shut up and make a classic!" I agree he's a musician first and that's where he should make sure to maintain his focus, but it's like some people just want to constantly escape reality and not think. Just give me instant gratification! Don't depress me! How dare him speak out against something I've been programed to like! Our media is like the soma drug from Brave New World.

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  • REBELutionary

    Fuck man you get Chief Keef coming in releasing one hype song and getting signed for big bucks and then there's your underground rappers busting there ass off releasing a dope mixtape like every 3 months with a lot more talent *cough* Jon Connor* than Chief Keef could ever aspire to have sit in the sidelines while this bullshit is getting played.

  • Anonymous

    wow. Lupe, I love you and all, but damn, stfu and make another classic.

  • Tiger

    Exactly. Just had this conversation 2 days ago on another post. I agree. Content; Substance - Lacking! Good Music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3GwWumIWLA Lupe Fiasco | Christiano Can | Jay Electronica

  • blackdragon6

    the only way hip-hop will ever go back to being real rap hip-hop is if it works outside the mainstream system like how George Lucas work out side the Hollywood studio system. we need a alternative parallel to mainstream rap.

  • REBELutionary

    Can't just blame the rappers they in the business of supply and demand and it's the general dumbass public that seems to demand all this dumbed down no substance music that out right now.

  • K BROWN

    lupe on point on all points its amazing but i love rap raw rap records can't from but i respect lupe point...IF ANYONE WANT TO MAKE 800 TO 1000 A month or week sometimes get at me on twitter @incredabucks

  • J

    Lupe needs to sit his ass somewhere.. Last time I checked, you aint help nobody move in that direction, Ross, helped Wale & Meek. e.t.c, Kanye - Big sean, kid cudi, Weezy, Drake , Niki, Jay -Z (limitless) Hwo have you helped. Your chicago music out now is garbage, why not focus on helping positive cats in the game.. SHUT UP homie. You aint helping no one in the industry now, so you shouldnt be talking.

    • Shady 2.0

      As for you who is so influential, just remember one thing Lupe has had more effect on the world then you would if you lived for 200 years...

  • Slick

    We as old schoolers know that hip hop will never be the same. We should just accept it. If we keep dreaming of the day hip hop returns, that is just like dreaming we go back to the 80's .It aint gonna happen. its fucked up but its true. We will continue to hear lines like yo Im the illest, Yo Im the illest, Yo I'm the illest, through and entire song. instead of a song where even the chorus has substance. LIke Lupe also explained on Dumb it down

    • J

      No one expects hip hop to go back to the nineties... But it doesnt mean it has to be stupid or stuck on a few topics. Thats the issue

  • GQ

    5 of the Top 6 Rap Songs According to Billboard (Commercial Rap): Mercy No Lie Bag of Money Take it to the Head Amen 5 song that aren't about anything (positive). Sorry haters, facts don't lie.

  • RealHipHop

    I totally agree with Lupe on this one... Ive been saying this for years.... I'm glad I grew up in the 80's and was in High School in the 90's... HipHop will NEVER be the same... Sorry to say but I honestly think HipHop is dying... I never thought it would get this bad BUT whats out now is absolute garbage... Ive ventured off to other forms of music and refuse to listen to the radio anymore... Shout out's to 80-90's hiphop...

    • @CJonno90

      I was born in 1990 so when I was old enough to really want to control what I wanted to listen to the mainstream was 85% bullshit but now I go back in to 90's Golden Era Hip Hop & Underground Hip Hop while Mainstream Hip Hop goes through this stage but I have full confidence it will pick up think about it Hip Hop is in a different place then it was 15 years ago and will be in a different place in another 15 years hopefully for the better.

  • RIP 7

    He's right. When it come's to what you hear rapper's rapping about. It's been pretty much the same. But back then you had other rapper's like KRS,Rakim,Public Enemy to balance it out. Now you got ppl like Meek Mill's,Officer Ricky,Coke Boy's 2 Chains, Waka Flocka etc who all talk about the same tired shit abd radio lets this be what the mainstrem need to hear to keep you dumb down. This is why I stay away from the radio now. What ever happen to postive in the music? I know it there as far as underground but the power's to be don't want the youth to think.

    • Anonymous

      And it's not even like the mainstream artists are dumbing it down that much their just not as talented as underground rappers. I mean if you want to learn how to be a mean MC then look underground.

  • So Icy Boi!

    ma new album coming august 28th!!!! fuck Lupe and fuck da industry.. ma shit is da album of da millennium. swag Im on some G shit niggas. no trap music, no southern hip hop.... I made a BOOM BAP ALTERNATIVE HIP HOP ALBUM. swag

  • JOE6PACKNCGBOR336

    who gives a fuck about whats on the radio

    • @CJonno90

      Lol good point "ETK" but that's why we have the internet to listen to the music we want and Headphones to drown it out wherever else you might hear it...

    • ETK

      true that but damn, it's all you can manage to hear when you turn it on.. and it's not even about turning it on, you hearin the same shit in malls, restaurants and public places.

  • Anonymous

    probably the most rational and respectful way to describe why Hip Hop isn't on par today.. Not once did he complain on quality or skill..only hype and redundancy which is definitely the downfall lately.

  • Anonymous

    Dude's talking a lot of smack for someone that tried to shit on A Tribe Called Quest and Pete Rock, who blessed this genre with groundbraking, socially aware music, til he rode back as soon as that shit backfired on him. Now he's on to bitch about artists that already got waaay too much attention, instead of focusing on bigging up rappers that REALLY deserve attention.

    • Anonymous

      What he say about the Tribe? Q-Tip is on Paris, Tokyo remix

    • REBELutionary

      How did he shit on Pete Rock? He went through the proper channels to get the sample and Pete Rock replied and decided to make it public...

    • Anonymous

      Sorry, I don't talk to dudes who put their hero above any form of critique.

    • Anonymous

      shut the fuck up you idiot!!

    • Duke

      just shut up already. ya'll bitch and moan about these shitty artist and then when an artist has the balls to call out those shitty artist you bitch and complain that he is bitchin and complaining. get a fucking life and stop finding shit to run your stupid mouth about.

  • An Observer

    Can everybody shut up about lasers? A great artist made a horrible sounding album that wasn't all his fault! Most of the lyrics were still on point though. But do people realize that every great artist whether in music, movies, art, will have a piece that is not all that great? That is not how you judge an artist that is just how you hate, shit not even that, that's how you whine and bitch!! So anyway check up this man's catalog of work and i'm sure at worst all you can say is that that your not into it for whatever reason but still respect and see the GREATNESS....

    • An Observer

      Well someone has to shut up the idiots..... Oh and thank you.. "While you bitch about people that bitch about Lupe." So your bitching about something different?

    • Anonymous

      "Can everybody shut up about lasers? A great artist made a horrible sounding album that wasn't all his fault! Most of the lyrics were still on point though. But do people realize that every great artist whether in music, movies, art, will have a piece that is not all that great? That is not how you judge an artist that is just how you hate, shit not even that, that's how you whine and bitch!!" Thanks. You just described Lupe's whole recent public activity. While you bitch about people that bitch about Lupe.

  • HHFAN

    Is Lupe auditioning for Sister Act on Broadway?

  • Its Um

    I know, everybody songs sounds like a gangsta party mixtape.

  • Anonymous

    Thats the thing with the truth, dumb niggas always look for a way around it. Lupe is so right: hip hop needs a conversation with itself. When rappers start making statements like 'I am from the murder capital where we murder for capital' and think it is cool then there is definitely a problem.

    • Anonymous

      Of course not kanye, he is nice

    • @CJonno90

      When you quoted the line the first thing that came into my head was Kanye on "Murder to Excellence", I'm saying obviously you get them artists but I thought you were going at Kanye whom I think really broke ground on rapping against all the gun/gangsta shit.

    • Anonymous

      pick out one line? do you want me to go on? The point is hip hop has the habitual tendency of taking everything that is wrong in the hood and trying to make it look right, you know it I know it.

    • Anonymous

      ummmm im pretty sure that was Jay-Z on Lucifer.....just sayin

    • @CJonno90

      "I am from the murder capital where we murder for capital" When Kanye said that he wasn't boasting... you seriously need to listen closer. You remind me of the government lacky who picked out 1 Common line out of whole catalogue that could be misconstrued. Just showing your ignorance.

    • Anonymous

      Lupe rapped about the same shit and stopped when his labels realized that he couldn't convince people about it though.

  • JFoo

    Nothing but the truth.

  • Yeah

    look i like Lupe, and I know he said that FandL II is being made his way, not the label's way, but still Lasers was just so fucking terrible to forget about. With that album he's in the 97% right now.

    • @CJonno90

      I think the substance of it. I think technically, its great. The music is as well-produced as its ever been, videos are as polished, the chains are as clean, the models are as beautiful as theyve ever been But then you get into the substance of the records." Now please explain how Lasers is in that 97%...

    • 614grind

      No way, no how is he in the 97%. He tried too hard to hide the medicine in the candy, that's all. Plenty of conscious emcees have had a hard time doing that. Best thing to do is to go back to what you do best...F&L II

  • darcwonn

    Lupe is spot on. If you don't agree, then fine: prove the man wrong. Otherwise, what is the discussion about? Prove that he is lying or just leave it alone.

    • REBELutionary

      "He's just listening to the wrong artists." He's talking about mainstream artists, not underground rappers.

    • Anonymous

      ^ And you bitch about people that bitch about Lupe, fucking dickrider. Make a point or go back to jerking off to Lupe's interviews.

    • Anonymous

      You sound like the BITCH ...SON

    • Anonymous

      He's just listening to the wrong artists. Substance has always been there and for someone that released predominantly overproduced, dumbed down, easily accessible mainstream garbage with his his last releases, he's surely talking a lot of shit. I love Lupe's classics and hope he'll come through with the Great American Rap Album, but I would rather have his music to speak for itself, he turned into a fucking attention-whoring self-righteous bitch lately.

  • Grizzle

    Smh. All Lupe is missing is a dashiki and a set of bongo drums.

  • jr_rider23

    This dude is looking more and more like whoopi goldberg every time he gets in front of a camera

  • Elmina Castle

    Every black person with slave ancestry has PTSS=Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome..And the book with the same title is a good read. Lupe got the critical thinking on lock which is a lost art by itself.

  • illmatically81

    I agree 100. These rappers are lame. Thank God for Nas dropping because I've been listening to old shit mostly. These guys dont put no "thought" into their music they just brag and boast and talk senseless shit that isnt good for for the hood dude or the average dude. Only money and hoes lead their arguments of relevance.

  • Anonymous

    AMEN!!!!!!! Follow me @412HD

  • The Truth

    Lupe hit it about straight on. Hip-hop was built on substance. Nas has substance, NWA stood for a message, Eminem had lyrical substance as well. It's great that one can make a few tracks on bitches, weed & all that shit- that's fine. But when one makes 10 of 15 tracks on an album about the same bitch or the same joint, it serves no point. Every great rapper has had substance about a deeper theme or meaning in their music. You put yourself on a higher pedestal when you have a deeper meaning. If the lyrics mean nothing, it is just noise... or dance music for your bitch.

    • @CJonno90

      "Anonymous" You clearly know nothing about the origin of Hip Hop...

    • Anonymous

      Hip Hop started as substance-lacking beat music though, til' the self-proclaimed, "I know it all better" concsious artists came through and crushed the buildings.

  • g-sus

    "The majority of commercial Hip Hop most of what everybody sees is commercial Hip Hop is lacking substance. Terribly." Word to GFID. Prime example.

  • jbbvi

    People need to stop interviewing him

  • YESSIR

    FUC LUPE AND HIS CONSCENCIOUS RAP NIGGA BE CRYIN A RIVER WHEN HE BE SHOWIN OLD VIDEOS OF HIS HOOD..NIGGA ROZAY DOESNT FUCCIN CRY WHEN HE SEES HOOD SHIT HE LIVES HE BLED HOOD SHIT HE GOES UP TO THE HOOD AND SHOOT A VIDEO (CFE DEEEEEEE NIGGAS WONT HOLD ME BACK) THATS WHAT REAL MUFUCCA DO...THEY DONT FUCCN CRY LOL LEAVE THAT TO FRANKIE OCEAN

    • chicitybulls09

      Rick Ross grew up in the suburbs & was a correctional officer. Lupe was from the west side of Chicago. If you've really seen things & been through the bullshit, you understand Lupe's reaction.

    • d-nucks

      I gurantee Lupe is from a way harder and tougher part of town than Ross ever was.

    • Anonymous

      YESSIR get in a car crash

    • U All Dumb

      Yes Sir is right ... You people just need to keep it simple , like you have for the past 100 years ... Progression is not important you people have more important things to worry about .. Like bitches,whips,corners etc .. 4.5* for YesSir and his words of ghetto wisdom

    • NoSir

      His a troll people ... His just a lonely troll ...

    • Anonymous

      hahaha that's actually true...

    • Anonymous

      ross is from the burbs lupe was actually from the hood so shut the fuck up lupe is more gangster than officer ricky

  • jamal mar

    lupe has great points & maybe yall weren't listening but he said there needs to be balance in hip-hop ..especially on the radio because in commercial hip-hop there is clearly a lack of substance. The commercial side of hip-hop will always exist & that's cool but where is the balance! Much of the negative commercial media is forced upon us & it's something we see & hear on a daily.

    • Anonymous

      But he himself is destroying the balance in HipHop by bringing all the attention to negative artists that already have more than enough. Otherwise the most hated wouldn't be the most successful.

  • b'F

    What's up with all this Lupe Fiasco hype from HHDX??? Get off his dick y'all

  • man

    enough already with the "what Lupe said" coverage. He has a point and the right to an opinion. If Nas said the same thing it would not get this much attention.

    • Anonymous

      Nas got a post when he co-signed Meek Mill, Azealia Banks & someone else that's less irrelevant than this.

  • Anonymous

    Fuck you lupe, not everyone wants to listen to political rap and government shit all the time. Sometimes it's good to listen to a nigga rap about how many guns he got, or how many bitches he got, or how much better than he is than the next rapper. That's why hiphop is soo sick. Soo many niggas spitting about different shit. Take waka, I used to hate him. He's not hiphop, he can't rap blah blah blah. But every now and again it's good. Full blast with a system. It's funny, something different. lupe needs to shut the fuck up. Pick better beats. And rap

    • .....

      You clearly didn't read anything. He said there needs to be a "balance", not to get rid of all this commercial BS

    • illmatically81

      the reason you like that is because you have no insight and accept the bullshit they feeding you like government cheese. wacka sucks and you know that shit, just because he gets airplay doesnt make him anything

    • steven snell

      @ anonymous "not everyone wants to listen to political rap and government shit all the time" lupe didnt say he expects people to listen to this type of hip-hop ALL the time. dude said "I think there should be a balance."

    • Anonymous

      this is sadly enough the mindset of today's generation, stupid shit like that has become acceptable.

    • U All Dumb !

      I love black people .. Because you are so dumb and negative ... That is why you are all being left behind by all the other races ... Fuck Lupe respect Rick Ross ... You boys and girls just need to focus on the important things in your lives i.e Polo Shirts, whips,Champagne,your bitches,Guns, We laughing at you !Lolz

    • X

      Rap was political from the very beginning. Up until dumb motherfuckers such as yourself started supporting bullshit. You are a fine example of why hip hop in general fucking sucks unless its underground.

    • Anon...

      Authenticity is often a serious debate within hip hop culture. Dating back to its origins in the 1970s in the Bronx, hip hop revolved around a culture of protest and freedom of expression in the wake of oppression suffered by African-Americans. As hip hop has become less of an underground culture, it is subject to debate whether or not the spirit of hip hop is embodied in protest, or whether it can evolve to exist in a marketable integrated version. In "Authenticity Within Hip Hop and Other Cultures Threatened with Assimilation", Commentator Kembrew McLeod argues that hip hop culture is actually threatened with assimilation by a larger, mainstream culture. Believing that hip hop should be utilized as a voice for social justice, Tate points out that in the marketable version of hip hop, there isn't a role for this evolved genre in context of the original theme hip hop originated from (freedom from oppression). The problem with Black progressive political organizing isn't hip hop, but that the No. 1 issue on the table needs to be poverty, and nobody knows how to make poverty sexy. Tate discusses how the dynamic of progressive Black politics cannot apply to the genre of hip hop in the current state today due to the genre's heavy involvement in the market. In his article he discusses hip hop's 30th birthday and how its evolution has become more of a devolution due to its capitalistic endeavors. Both Tate and McLeod argue that hip hop has lost its authenticity due to its losing sight of the revolutionary theme and humble "folksy" beginnings the music originated from. "This is the first time artists from around the world will be performing in an international context. The ones that are coming are considered to be the key members of the contemporary underground hip hop movement." This is how the music landscape has broadened around the world over the last ten years. The maturation of hip hop has gotten older with the genres age, but the initial reasoning of why hip hop has started will always be intact.

    • Anonymous

      real hip hop is political. Maybe Lupe should quit and let you bitch ass niggas go to the dogs. You deserve to be in slaved u dumb motherfucker.

  • Big Boss

    Don't ever talk negatively about what Eminem did for hiphop

  • Anonymous

    what about that piece of shit lazers album???

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