Lupe Fiasco Says He's A Fan Of Kendrick Lamar But Doesn't Want A Collaboration

Lupe Fiasco recently spoke on why he's a fan of Kendrick Lamar and Blu but also explained why he may not collaborate with the Top Dawg Entertainment/Aftermath star.

In a recent interview, Lupe Fiasco said he's a fan of certain artists but added that he doesn't feel he needs to collaborate with everyone. According to Fiasco, sometimes a collaboration or a meeting could "taint" his appreciation for another artist's music. Due to this, Fiasco shared that he doesn't necessarily want a collaboration with Kendrick Lamar but that he'd "rather just stay a fan." 

In the interview with Hardknock, Fiasco was asked if he's worked with "the younger generation," specifically Blu and Kendrick Lamar. 

"I've met all of them. I've actually worked with Blu on the 'Beamin' (Remix),'" he explained, before speaking about Kendrick.

"I've bumped into Kendrick in different places and what have you. But it's less me wanting to collaborate and it's more me just wanting to be a fan. I don't want to be a part of it, not off of ego or pride but it's more so to let me just watch it." 

Fiasco continued by saying he would rather remain at a distance to enjoy the experience as a fan.

"Let me enjoy it from a distance and not feel I've got to be a part of it to make this...I just want to see them succeed and it not to be tainted. Sometimes when you meet somebody, it kind of taints what they make. It becomes a different experience. I'd rather just stay a fan. I don't want to come backstage. I'm happy in the crowd. But we'll see."

More from the interview can be seen below:

 

 

 

RELATED:  Lupe Fiasco "Food & Liquor 2: Great American Rap Album Pt. 1" Cover Art

124 Comments

  • shush lupe

    I know everybody has the right to voice their opinions, but just because you have an opinion/view/thought whatever, doesn't mean you have to say it publicly. Lupe talks too much; if you don't wanna work with Kendrick Lamar, then just don't work with him. It wasn't necessary to go do an interview about it. He tries too hard to flash his intelligence; I much rather him just spit hot bars than address his beef with Obama, talk who he doesn't want to work with, or talk about some abstract concept 2 or 3 times a week.

  • Suggatee

    i think in the 00-09 decade lupe was the best And in this 10-19 kendrick has potential to be the best. A collab between the two would be amazing imo.

  • Lumpy Fiasco

    Kendrick Lamar>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Lupe Fiasco. Thats why he doesnt want to collaborate and would rather spectate.

  • Anonymous

    What I'm trying to work out is whether Lupe Fiasco is just forever talking...or whether HipHopDX just jumps on everything he says. I don't think I see quotes from any other rapper as much as I see quotes from Lupe.

  • YEBO

    YALL ON DRUGS, WHY THE HELL SHOULD BE LUPE SCARED, KENDRICK HAS NO MAJOR ALBUM OUT YET, ONLY THING HE GOT IS INTERNET BUZZ AND PLENTY DICKRIDER REVIEWERS THERE, LUPE SHITS ON WHOLE BLACK HIPPY LYRICALLY AND HE GOT BETTER FLOW THAN KENDRICK AND HE KNOWS HOW TO PICK BEATS, SETCION.80 WAS WACK LUPE GOT THREE CLASSIC ALBUMS, GOLDEN PLAQUES, LYRICS, IS CRITICALLY ACLLAIMED AND SINCE LASERS, HE IS IN MAINSTREAM AS WELL AND HIS MIXTAPE GAME IS BETTER THAN KENDICKS IT'S SUCH A WASTE LUPE IS NOT SIGNED TO YMCMB OR BRICKSQUAD, HE WOULD HAVE AN UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH REAL LYRICIST AND THE BEST CONSCIOUS RAPPERS LIKE WEEZY, GUCCI, WAKA FLOCKA, BIRDMAN OR TYGA

  • gasoline

    i cringe everytime i see lupe make a statement...one can be book smart but with no common sense, and that's what lupe's problem is...i used to be a fan too, but his ignorant statements just get too me...

  • Anonymous

    scared he'll get eaten by Kendrick hahaha W.

    • gasoline

      true, true, everybody who collaborates with kendrick gets murdered on their own shit, he best stay away, if your scared say your scared lupe..

  • Anonymous

    shut up and make dope music or just shut up

  • Anonymous

    so hate to say this but section 80 > lupe greatest hits . lupe is a great lyricist but k dot know how to make great song with the great lyrics . lupe shouldnt want to get body by a newbie but eventually it will happen . btw half the nigga on a good rappers ish dont even try because its easy to not try then to try and fail

    • R.Pgh

      section 80. is an incredible album, but F&L is, IMO, well above it. I'll agree that it's probably better than the Cool, which in itself was great, but F&L was probably one of the best releases in the past decade.

    • The Greats

      Section 80 was an amazing album no doubt about it. What Lupe did on F&L tho? Genius! that album did not have 1 filler, the production was grand and lyrics were on point.

    • TheR

      Section.80 is better than The Cool. F&L on the other hand I feel is slightly better. F&L is Lupe's only classic. The Cool was cool. Lasers is naw.

    • Anonymous

      Im a Kendrick fan but Section.80 isnt better then Food and Liquor or The Cool, fk is you smoking?

  • Ricky Rozay

    most of these rappers aint real niggas. Word, Nas bankrupt never was a drug runner, Lil Wayne aint no blood, Jeezy aint no BMF, 50 a snitch, Game a stripper, 2pac a ballerina. None of these niggas real you guys. If they was all real they all be dead now. Like it or not Ross is the new biggie. BAWSE!!!!!

  • zachariah

    Great topic, collaborations are not always necessary and most times, forced. Lil Wayne and the entire industry, for example. Most artists nowadays are eager to collaborate with hot artists to keep their name in the spotlight when in fact it has the opposite effect. I like how Lupe stands his ground. Why follow others?

    • Anonymous

      its not waynes fault that he doesnt beef step on niggas and gets asked to collab by the entire industry

    • Anonymous

      Exactly. Lupe's cool for being himself, something that most rappers who claim to be hard/gangsta are too scared to do these days.

  • The Game

    Game is the best rapper alive like He says on the city GAME BIGGIE (HOV) PROBABLY PAC NAS and EMINEM so all u lil wayne rick ross drake lovers eat a cock. Game is a fuckin g filthy rich and at his worst (the red album) is better than that carter 4, watch the throne, and tm103 and jeezy that nigga. red is the dopest rap album since Em's recovery. Red is stillclassic shit. all Games cds since 05, even if not better than the Documentary are better than theze other shit rappers albums doc advocate and lax are still the best rap albums to come out the years they dropped 06 and 09 and whoever disagrees is just a big fuckin hater he only features these wack fucks on his cd cause the record lable makes him Games mixtapes are killin these clown ass rappers albums Games mixtapes are real g lyrical shit and cali republic is the last of those features left from red. Game stay rich AND FUCK THESE DUMB ASS SUBURBAN NOT REALLY FROM THE HOOD ASS NIGGAZ WHO SAY A NIGGA WIT 25,000,000 is broke yall internet niggaz make me laugh. If game was a stripper in any of the years in the 2000s as much as game destroys niggaz and talks shit they would been had that shit on the summer jam screen, them bitch ass brick squad and 40 glocc and all them hoe ass niggaz still aint put the tape out of them knockin out a 6'5" nigga in a public mall. GAME is a G and u hoe ass niggaz just hate hate hate. When jesus really come back yall hoe ass niggaz gonna hate cause thats what yall do!!! That aint jesus fuck that nigga man!!!! To hell you go bitch game time!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Lupe is scared coz he knows Kendrick will murder him no matter how many times he changes his verses!

  • Anonymous

    Too many weirdos, racists, trolls in here. Why don't the REAL music fans step up and say something about them taking away the voice of the people? If you read the other repetitive idiocy here you have the time to repost the above question. Enough is enough. THEY DESTROY EVERYTHING....

  • TPR

    That just comes off as hella arrogant; not in the sense that he is too good to work with him (because he never said that), but in the sense that by working with Kendrick, it's somehow going to be powerful enough to change his style.

    • Cudder

      that's NOT what it means.. all he said was "different experience", it would change shit if they work together & he'd rather just stay a fan. if anything, that comes off as humble but you niggas always gotta find a screw in somewhere

  • akbar111

    SLR , , , Thats all immma say

  • ???

    http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/304903_458924767481428_696483121_n.jpg

  • aks

    Yea, thats exactly how I feel towards Jay-Z after meeting that guy. Its not been the same listening to his music since... wish I would have taken Lupes advice

  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    so lupe accepts a collab with lil wayne and not kendrick ?

  • Anonymous

    Just shut the fuck up! I'm so sick of hearing about this nigga, he makes trash music for real! He's seriously becoming one of the most annoying faggot rappers that all the hipsters love, and he is so fucking gay. JUST SHUT THE FUCK UP!

  • ex lupe fan

    fuck this nigga so full of himself what u done nigga ,, u actin like u 10 albums deep

    • Anonymous

      shut up nigga

    • Chris Tennant

      @Anonymous Quality Over Quantity...Lupe = 2 Classic LPs, 50 Cent = 1 Classic LP

    • Anonymous

      nigga shut up.. having a library makes u consistant and validates you to make the comments this misguided negro has made. he is not jay-z kanye west, eminem, dr dre , or 50 cent , these people have paid they dues this nigga is an amazing lyricist but he aint all that wack ass bombaclott nigga

    • kg

      i was unaware that have lots of albums was important to being a good musician. lupe has been in the game for quite some time now and oes make very very good music. lasers beats were shitty but his lyrics have a message. which 99% of rappers now a days lack. and if you can find any musician that isnot full of themselves, let me know.. they all are and have to be to make it.

  • Anonymous

    I can't believe you young heads are not up on that "God Forgives I Don't" album. It truly is a great album.

  • Anonymous

    Because kendrick would shove the mic up Lupe's butt

  • Anonymous

    Lupe'a philosophy is difficult to decipher. You have to be truly inclined to understand what he is saying. It's like BasedGod poetry.

  • Anonymous

    i dont understand what he is talking about maybe he does

  • HHFAN

    Lupe reminds me of a modern KRS-ONE. He's preachy & arrogant but like KRS, his music is already great so he should just quiet down.

    • ETK

      ^you're an idiot. he didn't like the direction he was forced into going for Lasers, but that doesn't mean he's gonna hate the whole album. he still fuckin rapped on it, it's still lyrical to an extent & it went gold. so shush and he NEVER said he doesn't follow politics, you bloody moron, he said he doesn't vote. if anything, he's just like Kendrick Lamar. except he really has a bone to pick with Obama.

    • Anonymous

      But KRS One actually makes sense. Lupe is confusing. One moment, he says he didn't like making Lasers. The next day, he's like, "how could people not like an album like Lasers?". One moment he says he doesn't follow politics, the next moment, he proclaims Obama as the biggest terrorist in the world.

  • hjk

    Lupe is definitely not scared of anything, at least not somebody like Kendrick Lamar, lol, Lupe has 2 classics and one great album, all gold albums and some people listed him in their TOP 10 of all time, Kendrick has NOTHING on him, he has not even album released yet, but I like Kendrick as well and their collaboration would be crazy and actually, Lupe is one of the very small amount of mcs who HAS brain and uses it everytime he can the other mcs act so stupid that niggas got problem with understanding anyone on higher level and calling Lupe "overthinking" things

    • Anonymous

      Firstly, Food & Liquor isn't gold, so that's only 2 gold albums (do your research). Secondly, Lasers is wack. The production was awful. Kendrick's already released three albums worth of material. Kendrick Lamar EP, Overly Dedicated and Section.80. Kendrick might not have sold much yet, but he's certainly on Lupe's level lyrically, and his debut "studio album" is shaping up to be great (he's already put out three project that you might as well call albums, cause they ain't fucking mixtapes). Lupe has everything to fear from Kendrick. Kendrick has the biggest buzz right now and is lyrically amazing.

  • Anonymous

    Smh this nigga overthinks everything

  • Frank Wonder

    Just because you like an artist doesn't mean that you should work together.

  • Anonymous

    Kendrick is overrated as fuck anyway Blu > Any other rapper under 30

  • Anonymous

    It sounds like a nice let down to me.

  • Anonymous

    damn ... thats crazy, these are my 2 favorite artists. Well atleast Lupe is a fan of K.dot also.

  • Anonymous

    lost all respect for this dude a few months ago, fuck this clown

  • HereWeGoYo

    Tomorrow's HipHopDX headline: Lupe Fiasco Has A Bowel Movement; It Was Brown

  • Mike

    Lupe and XV would be dope, Lupe & Kendrick would be awesome. Good Interview. He should collab with those ppl.

  • MOF

    I used to like Lupe, now he's just constantly talkin bout how he's real hip hop and nobody else is, Lasers wasn't all that good either

    • Anonymous

      real talk. damn lupe stans. his legacy stands, but that doesn't mean that he's fuckin right about everything.

  • yup

    Im so glad Lupe is being honest instead of gassing up dudes just because.

  • Anonymous

    why Ya'll hating on Lupe Fiasco at least he knows what he is talking about some artist Gucci Mane Future Plies Lil Boosie Young Jeezy Fred The Wanker Duufas Ugly Skiny Retarded Gibbs Weak Meek Mills Lil Ugly Gross Wayne Drake Soft Boy Rick the fat Imposter Ugly disgusting Ross Tygay don't even know what they are talking about I grantee you Lupe would outsmart and shine this disgusting rappers they are a joke to Hip Hop peace to AZ Nas Mos Def Talib Kewil Lupe Fiasco Jadakiss Styles P Fabolous Lloyd Banks Ludacris Nelly T.I. Maino etc

    • Lupe Fiasco

      yo, this nigga needs to stop emailin me about eatin my asshole out. it ain't happenin.

    • ETK

      Lamborghini Angels is not really saying anything? fucking kill yourself.

    • Anonymous

      id put lupe in w/ those rappers now. he's not sayin shit anymore except for hipster rebellious bullshit. he's just lyrically acrobatic and metaphorical, he's not really saying anything.

  • Anonymous

    he doesnt wants the collab to be forced

  • Anonymous

    Kendrick would body him, that's why

  • Anonymous

    this dude is such a joke to me

  • Anonymous

    Same thing he did with Kweli, didn't want to get outdone on a song. BTW Lu said that about Talib himself.

  • YEBO

    LUPE IS RIGHT, I'M VERY GLAD TO SEE SOMEBODY WHO DOESN'T WANT TO WORK WITH KENDRICK LAMAR FOR ANY REASON AND I HOPE LUPE AND WAKA FLOCKA FLAME WILL DO A COLLABORATION SONG SOONER OR LATER, IT WOULD BE LEGENDARY, 2 OF THE GREATEST MCS OF ALL TIME, IMPOZANT LYRICIST, CONSCIOUS RAPPERS, GREAT CHI-TOWN AND ALT PERSONAS AND TWO VERY GOOD VOICES PUT TOGETHER, IT WOULD BE CLASSIC RECORD

  • moresickaMC

    they are both amazing lyricists in their own right. it would be an amazing collaboration no doubt. but it shouldnt be forced, i see where hes coming from. but i prefer kendrcik with lupe a close no.2. kendrick is the best right now. imo

  • Anonymous

    An interviewer asked him if he wanted to collab with Nas and he sort of dodged the question, like he didn't want to. It was strange cause he's always talking about Nas in his interviews and stuff..I guess he doesn't want to work with him for the same reason he doesn't want to work with Kendrick. Maybe he's scared...Who knows.

  • lol

    people over hype features. most rappers do best when they feature on tracks that our a bit outside of their element. i.e. drake always kills his verses on hardcore tracks though he is far from a hardcore rap artist. Lupe and KL are "essentially" the same type of artist. I would rather see Lupe on a track with an artist like Wale or Curren$y.

  • Code

    Lupe is a fruit Loop its something wrong with that guy LOL

  • Kaz

    I see his point. Remember "Don't Wait For Me" track off of Big Sean's Finally Famous album. When I seen the tracklist and learned that those two are collaborating, I was really looking forward to it. Then when I heard it, it didn't meet my expectations and it really was a lazy effort from both of them. So if that is the reason he does not want to work with Kendrick, it is understandable. Lupe doesn't really do too many collabs anyway.

  • Trent

    I didn't think this could be hard to understand. He's basically saying he genuinely enjoys Kendrick and Blu's music.. so he wants to just listen to their music and not see what happens behind the scene.. he doesn't want to be a part of their creative process or how they might be in person. He wants to just continue to enjoy listening to them. Nothing wrong with that..

  • d

    Makes sense I guess. You even get that when you find out your favorite rappers don't write their own shit. Really broke my image of Crooked and Murs.

  • truth

    Do a song with elzhi lupe so he can destroy you on your own shit like em did jay in renegade.

    • Anonymous

      @Phamous Everybody knows it was a Bad Meets Evil song first stop trying to act like a smart ass... Also Em killed Jay.

    • Anonymous

      flow+verse > verse

    • JHY

      Em's verse was tight but if u heard what jay was saying you would know he didnt get murdered on his own shit. It was two artist smashing a track. period

    • Anonymous

      Verses are not the same, Em clearly outshined Jay in every aspect on that track.. Nas just said what everyone was thinking. That's not even a knock on Jay, Em just came out with some fire.. he could've bodied a lot of people on that track

    • lol

      yeah i hate when people say this. its nas' fault. but the only think Eminem killed jayz on was in the flow department. their verses were pretty much the same. also it was an Eminem beat so he very well should do well on it since he is a great artist.

    • Phamous

      Technically the original version of Renegades was with Eminem & Royce Da 5'9... But I get what you mean.

  • Mack

    I still dont see why a man cant have an opinion and everyone else who has an opinion understand their opinion is just that. live and let live.

  • YouSerious?

    That made no sense at all. Let's see Lupe's fans try to twist this into something coherent, lol.

    • Anonymous

      haha it made some sense, but i still think he's full of it. lupe fans will know that lupe hasn't been fulfilling his potential as of late lupe stans are makin excuses

    • Trent

      Don't call someone who is a professional with the english language an idiot when you come off stupid

    • CP617

      Sometimes people can be "Smart Idiot's" an a lot of times that's what lupe is,He's a smart dude but says some of the most idiot shit.

    • Trent

      It might just be your narrow mind but it is coherent.. I have always said I really don't want to meet any of the artists I listen to because what if I don't like them as a person?? It might ruin the music for me. Like Drake, his little bubble gum rap is all cool and what not until he runs around saying he's the greatest lyricist and greatest rapper to sing.. Shit like that as a PERSON taints how you feel about the ARTIST. I love Kendricks music.. the dude is amazing to me.. what if I met him and he was an arrogant prick or all he thought about was money.. it would ruin how I see his music.

    • jc

      Sometimes you'd rather just watch the movie and not write the script. What if you met your favorite entertainer and they weren't who you thought they were? Would that not change your opinion of them? Sometimes it's better to observe from a distance to maintain an appreciation.

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