Lupe Fiasco, Shut Up About Spin

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Yesterday, Spin magazine wrote a go-fuck-yourself critique on Lupe Fiasco (we know, who cares?) and his new single and video for "complex" girl power tune "Bitch Bad." The song and video describe three ways "bitch" is used in popular rap and urban culture -- first is the supreme-chick, the second is something of a video vixen, the third has both definitions meeting in confusion.

Sure, Spin's response to this so-called conversation starter indicates the bullshit of its inconsistent rap commentary:

"The use of the word 'bitch,' sensitively deconstructed by Jay-Z on '99 Problems,' and currently being twisted and challenged by Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj, and many more female MCs, proves that the discussion doesn't need a backpack rap hustler selling cynicism."

The right response from Fiasco would be to brush off his shoulders, and freestyle (who does that anymore?) about it on YouYube. But apparently he reads Spin and is a complete twat about people's opinions of him. So, he created a hash on Twitter to boycott the magazine: "Yeah, I think a #SpinMagazineBoycott may be in order...sick of the foolishness ..."

He goes on and on about it, because he is a baby.



Spin already broke down the "Bitch Bad" video, so we'll spare you the critique on that. 

Not too long ago, another socially conscious rapper started some shit to get record sales. Erykah Badu-reject Common went on a diss track "ripping" Drake a new one on his record The Dreamer/The Believer (awful name). Drake responded with a pretty mild line about dudes "reaching" for record sales on posse-cut "Stay Schemin." The back-and-forth only lasted a week really, and Common probably saw nothing from it.

Rap beefs used to mean something here in America. Not saying that the violence associated with it was justified at all. It was terrible and took the lives of some of the game's best MCs and created a really tense environment. But those rap conflicts also brought out a lot of creativity and bravado, and it generally got kids like us excited about hip-hop again.

Now we're sorta given the scraps of what modern-day beefs are: Dudes like Lupe Fiasco starting shit with alternative, geeky music magazines, on Twitter of all places, to get record sales. Newspapers and magazines already have a hard time adapting to business model after business model to stay afloat-- not that Lupe Fiasco will make a dent anyway. 

We definitely don't want violence -- we want healthy, creative interactions that challenge, not just chatter hiding under the pretense of starting dialogue. Common, Drake, Lupe -- these dudes have no reason to be beefing since their narratives contradict that. 

So yeah, Lupe, shut up.


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oldhat
oldhat

On what grounds does Ryan Morjon feel justified to tell Lupe to "shut up"? Ryan has disgraced himself and his poor family who surely struggled to raise him with more self-respect than this. Whomever runs this blog ought to be ashamed for publishing "yeah, Lupe, shut up" as a valid contribution to any conversation. I can only hope that my internet travels never return me to this backward, God-forsaken gutter blog and its reptilian-brained inhabitants.

annoneymouse
annoneymouse

Ryan Morejon is either a successful troll or a failure Hip-Hop reporter.The culture of what makes it acceptable to call black women bitches is what Lupe is getting at, and he is dissing the industry that promotes video vixens and objectifies its women. It is not a diss at female rappers, like the Spin article is suggesting about the artist and published a story without even giving the artist a chance to defend himself before being called out on it. This is the music industry softball hating on Lupe for speaking the truth and bringing the glass ceiling down on them.If you don't understand this concept, then you actually know nothing about rap or hip-hop or the current culture surrounding it, and should probably find a new job or hobby.So yeah, YOU shut up.

amsadegypt33
amsadegypt33

this isn't a beef. this is just an artist defending himself against slander. the spin article was baseless and just hate

BeBetter
BeBetter

Well Ryan, here's some more hate. A poorly written article and I thought you would get the hint from how bad "Spin" messed up. 

 

This dude lives a FRUGAL life...what more will album sales give him? I hope this article never gets deleted so in a few years time, you can look back and realize how ridiculous you were.

rmore006
rmore006

Just so you guys know. It was I, Ryan Morejon, who wrote this post. Any hate should be directed towards me and not the awesome Liz Tracy.

altonk2000
altonk2000

Lupe Fiasco could give 2 fucks about album sales and 3 fucks on sunday. do YOUR resarch before you go speaking on an artist you clearly know nothing about. Lasers was his most commercial album because he was forced to do it by his record label, He has always been a conscious rapper and doesnt care about album sales.

deanna.dav90
deanna.dav90

Whatever nameless insignificant failed journalist that wrote this rant in response to Fiasco's 'twitter ranting' should take her own advice. It isn't  rocket science that Lupe's song was well-written, clever, delivered a message of importance, and did get people talking. He's making music of relevance not only to him, but what should be relevant to anyone who is a woman or has a female in their life of any age!

 

I could sit here and right a dumbass article about every song I don't like and further disrespect the artist if they disagree too, but it's irrelevant. Lupe Fiasco's music serves a purpose -unlike your opinion. You don't wanna see #SpinMagazineBoycott? Stop tweet watching Lupe then! Bottom line, Lupe's "Bitch Bad" is dope, powerful, and needed. Spin Magazine is garbage. Liz Taylor: stfu.

jollirottenkita
jollirottenkita

 @BeBetter In a Complex magazine interview in 2011 Lupe says, about Lasers, "A lot of the songs that are on the album, I’m kinda neutral to. Not that I don’t like them, or that I hate them, it’s just I know the process that went behind it. I know the sneaky business deal that went down behind this song, or the artist or singer or songwriter who wrote this hook and didn’t want to give me this song in the first place. So when I have that kind of knowledge behind it, I’m just kind of neutral to it like, ‘Another day, another dollar’."Another day, another dollar indeed Lupe. I'm sure it's the frugal lifestyle he loves that inspired him to sign with recording giant Atlantic in the first place, right?

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anonymous
anonymous

 @altonk2000 If he didn't care about record sales then why did he sign with a major record label that forces him to put out commercial labels? Yes, I understand they do not let him voice a lot of his political opinions, but any artist should have known that before signing with a label this big. They're not going to just let him voice whatever he wants on an album that has their name on it. They have to protect their label's interests and make money, so you have to put some of the blame on Lupe for signing with them in the first place.

valentinem1
valentinem1

 @deanna.dav90

It's obvious that both publications are looking to stir up some activity towards their business. But, to choose this negative route of bashing an artist because of their artistic expression that delivers a great message and holds the attention of those who abuse the word shows the distaste of these publications.Liz Tracy and Ryan Morejon (or Moron...which ever), you could have easily gained some attention by using your platform to intelligently speaking to/about his audience instead of insulting. 

anonymous
anonymous

 @EmancipateYourself How are you any different than the Brandon Soderberg? Lupe and his "fans" have been bashing this guy for "hiding behind a blog" and saying he does not know what he is talking about and only looking for the attention. Yet, you post on another's blog, that you know is going to get page views because Lupe tweeted it, and promote your own blog that, like Soderberg, states your "Own" opinion. Bunch of hypocrites.

amsadegypt33
amsadegypt33

 @jollirottenkita  @BeBetter he had no choice but to make the album. they wouldnt allow him to buy his way out of it because of his contract. and he signed with atlantic cause He wanted out of elektra

amsadegypt33
amsadegypt33

 @anonymous  @altonk2000 you fail to realize that they DID allow him creative control on hid first 2 albums. they wouldn't allow him to buy his way out of the label because of the contract he signed before F&L. He did what he could with what he was given.

deanna.dav90
deanna.dav90

 @valentinem1 These are my choice of words and my opinion. I'm not changing it. In Liz Tracy's opinion in her article, Lupe Fiasco is a cry baby and Common a reject -both those things were rude and didn't need to be said. My comment wasn't nearly as rude. You can't start talking about something you know nothing about.

 

When I read something so stupid as this article, it's my choice to share my opinion, and your choice to do the same.

EmancipateYourself
EmancipateYourself

 @anonymous Lupe didnt tweet it, its not about promoting a blog, I RARELY blog. I had something to say about a privileged man critiquing a needed song. You have the game all messed up. Im nowhere near a hypocrite for that. 

jollirottenkita
jollirottenkita

 @amsadegypt33  @BeBetter Just like i'm sure Soderberg felt he had no choice but to call out how someone who gave in to label pressure and released songs he didn't believe in makes Lupe less than qualified to judge men and women for the use/interpretation of the term 'bad bitch,' or at least liable to some critique. Doesn't seem like a reason to (try) and get rid of a publication to me.

jollirottenkita
jollirottenkita

 @EmancipateYourself  @anonymous  At the end of the day, this is still a man (Lupe) telling women that being overtly sexual in whatever capacity they choose is wrong. As a woman, i have a problem with that. Here's a thought: Stop chastising the video vixen. These women have an outlet for the kind of success they want. To say that ALL girls in short-shorts in videos are being exploited is bull-shit. I also completely agree that, regardless on whether you approve of the article or the writers opinion, to boycott the publication because of it is straightup childish. It's doing away with discourse and the positive shit that comes with criticism. Widdle baby Lupe is just angry and that's a ok. Censorship is not.

anonymous
anonymous

 @EmancipateYourself I mentioned nothing about "the game," so don't even bring up the rap game to me. And yes, he did retweet the link to this blog with the comment "To be fair...thanx for joining in." 

 

Sorry, I should've said "you come off as a hypocrite," not necessarily for what you are saying (for the record, I didn't read your blog) but more for what others are saying about Soderberg. If you can't see the hypocrisy in posting about your blog when others are bashing a blogger for his opinions in a blog, then you do not understand "hypocrisy."  

 

As bad as that did sound, don't take that the wrong way. The hypocrite statement only applies to the topic of blogging. I have no problems with you supporting Lupe's views, but to lash out at blogger with racist and degrading comments, is basically going against what Lupe supposedly stands for. How is calling him a "faggot" or degrading him because he is of Jewish decent any different than this whole fuzz surrounding Lupe's use of "Bitch." 

 

Even if it was only a handful of Lupe's fans making those comments, it hurts how we view the rest of his fanbase. I would respect Lupe a lot more if he would come out and tell his followers to stop with the racist and homophobic comments being directed to Soderberg.

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