Lupe Fiasco had a bold take for Twitter on Sunday evening (Sept. 20). The Drogas Wave rapper claimed to be a better lyricist than Kendrick Lamar while responding to a fan page’s tweet.
The Twitter page “Hip Hop Hub” posed the question, “Who’s the better lyricist? Lupe Fiasco or Kendrick Lamar.” Fiasco retweeted the poll and commented, “Lupe but...”
Naturally, the claim has stirred passionate reactions from Lamar’s staunchest supporters, including the president of Lamar’s label, Top Dawg Entertainment. Before Lupe could delete the tweet, Terrence “Punch” Henderson replied with a simple but effective: “Lol.”
In follow-up tweets, Fiasco doubled-down on his stance.
“I love me some KDot...always have always will. With that said do think I he’s a good lyricist? Yes. Do I think he’s the best lyricist? No,” he wrote. “Do I think it’s lyricists that are better than him? Yes. Is he a better artist than me? Yes.”
“Are we both legends? Yes. Are we both successful? Yes,” he wrote in another tweet. “... Section 80 is my fave. TDE is my favorite rap label.”
This isn’t the first time fans and Fiasco have compared the two rappers’ abilities. Back in 2018, Fiasco said Lamar was “not a top tier lyricist... when it comes to punchlines and bars.”
“His overall lyrics are good, his stories phenomenal, but punchline entendre lyrically I don’t see it,” he said. Less than two months later, he retracted the statement and apologized “for even engaging and talking about n****s careers.”
Lamar hasn’t responded to Fiasco’s latest claim or the Twitter debate sprouting from it. The Compton native has stayed pretty quiet this year, with the only updates on a potential project coming from the founder of TDE. Back in May, Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith told one fan to “stay patient” and that “King Kendrick will return soon.”
Punch has also commented on Lamar’s upcoming work, including his fabled joint album with J. Cole. After tweeting that the project would “never” happen, the music executive backtracked on his stance and put the responsibility into fans’ hands.
“Y’all really want that album still??? Like for real?” he tweeted in late May. “I think it would great for hip hop. I did my part though. I spoke to both of them. Hit them n****s!”
Fiasco, on the other hand, released his most recent House EP earlier this year. The five-tack effort was a joint effort with Kaelin Ellis and Virgil Abloh. See Fiasco’s tweet and fans’ reactions below.
Lupe Fiasco responds to fan page tweet about who's the better lyricist between him and Kendrick. pic.twitter.com/URm6zJtFHY— Anon (@AnonMusic_) September 21, 2020
Lol.— Punch TDE (@iamstillpunch) September 20, 2020
In my own words...once again for you bitches...I love me some KDot...always have always will. With that said do think I he’s a good lyricist? Yes. Do I think he’s the best lyricist? No. Do I think it’s lyricists that are better than him? Yes. Is he a better artist than me? Yes.— HOUSE EP NOW PLAYING (@LupeFiasco) September 21, 2020
Is he a better lyricist than me? No. Does he make better songs than me? Yes. Did I think control was ridicule? No. Am I jealous of Kdot? No. Did I personally give him his props in chicago on stage as the next nigga to take the crown? YES. Is It on camera? Yes. Did I mean it? Yes.— HOUSE EP NOW PLAYING (@LupeFiasco) September 21, 2020
Does my opinion matter? Obviously. Does your opinion matter? Yes. Does your opinion matter to me? No. Are we both legends? Yes. Are we both successful? Yes. Is it a bunch of unsuccessful niggaz that keep pushing this? Yes— HOUSE EP NOW PLAYING (@LupeFiasco) September 21, 2020
Section 80 is my fave. TDE is my favorite rap label
Lupe is a supremely talented MC but honestly comparing him to Kendrick is like saying "Is Derrick Rose as good as LeBron?" Comparing single albums/seasons is fine but the idea that these people are in the same convo is insulting to Pulitzer Kenny. https://t.co/SeyKS3scWJ— Nate Marshall (@illuminatemics) September 21, 2020
He is though. Lupe wrote a whole song as an allegory for drug dealing using fast food bro lol https://t.co/hSGAzuciK2— Alonzo! (@LovePassant) September 21, 2020
This is why we’re never getting a Lupe Fiasco & Kendrick Lamar collab pic.twitter.com/iNpB0MLORN— King Wow (@wowthatshiphop) September 21, 2020