Posted by Bossip Staff
Lupe Fiasco has been ranting and raving ever since he forgot the words to A Tribe Called Quest’s “Electric Relaxation” at VH1 Hip Hop Honors. He says that Tribe has not been a big influence on hip hop:
“[Tribe] didn’t sell 10 million records, so why would people think they had a blanket on the world like that? MC Hammer was way more popular to me than Tribe Called Quest.”
“Because there’s kids in Harlem who right now who would never ever listen to Midnight Marauders, I don’t give a f*ck what you do, they’ll never listen to Q-Tip and they want to be rappers and they want to talk about positive things. So why would you shoot them down?”
“It’s like, ‘Oh, you ain’t never listened to Midnight Marauders? You ain’t expanding your horizons? Oh, you ain’t real’ cause they did that sh*t to me! ‘Oh Lupe, that’s f*cked up man, I don’t f*ck with you now! I’m not buying your next album’ and be dead serious! It made me feel like, ‘You dirty bastards! Like how dare you hypocritical.”
“Those hip hop elitists who think [Tribe] hold the crown and the copyright to hip hop, I listen to 8Ball & MJG and I think they’re better than you [Tribe].”
We sniff a “beefing for publicity” stunt on Lupe’s part. Nothing like some healthy “hip hop beef” to boost your ratings.
The clip of Lupe’s word fumble right about now…