I’m overjoyed to report that there’s new rap beef in town and I couldn’t be happier about who it involves. And this isn’t just some regular one on one rapper beef, this is two vs. one made up of three of the radio’s biggest stars. It involves Detroit newcomer Big Sean, Toronto semi-newcomer Drake, and Southern rap veteran, Ludacris. I can’t express in words how much is thrills me to have rap beef between new rappers and old ones, time to teach these kids a lesson, Luda.
In a recent allhiphop.com interview, Drake was quoted saying this referring to how he believes he and Lil Wayne started a specific style of rap: “Then a bunch of rappers started doing it and using the most terrible references in the world. I don’t want to offend somebody… I wish they had left that for people that know how to use it. [They go like] “It’s a parade! MACY’S!” Now we all know this is a line from Ludacris’s incredibly successful single My Chick Bad. And here’s what Big Sean has to say on MTV.com: “I created that one word rhyme style…I think some artists just did it so wack, man…Don’t get it wrong I’m not trying to diss Ludacris or nothing…But even though that style got so overused, there was a lot of people who did it great and there was a lot of people who didn’t do it so great. I feel like I changed hip-hop…So that goes to show me how powerful my mind is.” I can’t even handle that last sentence.
So why have these two teamed up against Ludacris? Not so sure myself, but it’s about to go down. Listen to the new track History Lesson & Bada Boom off Ludacris’s most recent mixtape and you’ll hear exactly why you don’t go running your mouth about rappers who have been rapping since before you were born. He raps “Let me explain, nothing’s been new since Big Daddy Kane/ Flows will get recycled passed around to different names/ But what’s the same, that every verse I spit is insane/ Got more styles than any rapper in the game, 11 years and still counting/And ya’ll get a couple hit records, make some noise and have the nerve to start shouting” And it’s on.
I think we all know whose side I’m going to take on this one. Let’s compare. Big Sean, a mediocre rapper at best, has experienced success with a few radio hits off of his first and only album, Finally Famous. Although he is signed to Kanye West’s label, that won’t give him a pass in my book. He gets good beats, gets good featured artists on his songs (it’s nice knowing Kanye, right?), has had a few interesting rap lines, and that’s about all the nice things I could possibly say about him. Drake, more talented than Big Sean and most popular new artists, has experienced his success with his first mixtape, So Far Gone, and first album, Thank Me Later, and has now just released his second album Take Care. Before I heard about this whole Ludacris thing, I really respected Drake. He was never one of my favorite rappers, but I have seen him in concert (for free) and he’s besties with Nicki Minaj so I never had a problem with him…until now.
Now let’s get to Ludacris’s accomplishments. Let’s see here, he’s the founder of Disturbing tha Peace record label, has won several Grammy awards along with a Screen Actors Guild award, BET award, Critic’s Choice Award, and an MTV award. He’s released 7 albums and 6 mixtapes since the year 2000, and plans for a new one to be released in 2012. He’s starred and made cameos in countless movies and television series, and is just generally one of the most famous, talented rappers of all time. Drake and Big Sean wouldn’t even exist if it weren’t for veterans like Ludacris who helped transition hip hop into mainstream culture. They paved the way for these ungrateful new rappers who have half the talent and half the passion that Ludacris has for rap music. How can Big Sean say that he “changed hip hop”? Does this disgust anyone else? If he’s done anything for the music world, he’s changed it for the worst. And Drake saying that he invented his style of rapping is like saying he invented the PB&J sandwich. Well guess what Drizzy Drake, many rappers have been eating sandwiches and using that rap “punchline” style for years so take a seat. And how many times do I have to say this…don’t go around dissing people who have a lot more power, success, and money than you! But also just show love for the people who made it possible for you to even have a career. The rappers who brought rap into pop culture when most people were hating on it, saying that it was music for thugs and criminals. Pay your respect and listen to Luda when he says “See I’m ya past, I’m ya future and ya present/ So watch ya f-cking mouth when you speak about a legend.”