Lupe Fiasco Denies Ever Apologizing To Kendrick Lamar

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US rapper Lupe Fiasco performs during the Hip Hop 50 Live concert, marking the 50th anniversary of the birth of hip hop, at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City on August 11, 2023. A genre, a culture and a lifestyle all at once: hip hop has traveled from the block party to the billionaire's club, soundtracked protest and celebration, and asserted seismic influence over the course of pop. The reigning music style evolved in rapid, anarchic ways, rocking the industry establishment that long resisted its power, and fully embodying the culture of youth even as it grew. This year hip hop turns 50, an anniversary that's offered its elders, its fans and the city that birthed it a milepost to reflect on its cultural weight. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)
He referenced a series of tweets made back in 2018.

The recently sparked Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole beef has everyone in rap talking. After Kendrick took shots on the Future and Metro Boomin song "Like That," J. Cole responded with a track called "7 Minute Drill" from his surprise released mixtape Might Delete Later. But just a few days after dropping the track he was already going back on his words. During his headlining performance at Dreamville festival he apologized for the diss and confessed that he didn't feel good about it. That got some people thinking of other times rappers have apologized to Kendrick Lamar, including Lupe Fiasco.

A recent Complex article on Kendrick's history of receiving hip-hop apologies included a segment about Lupe. It focused on a series of tweets made in 2018 where he claimed that Kendrick wasn't an elite lyricist and that his famous "Control" verse was overrated. As you'd expect there was quite a big of fan backlash to his comments that resulted in an apology. But in a new tweet, Lupe is claiming the apology wasn't to Kendrick, but for wading into the situation at all. “Relax yo… I wasn’t apologizing to him lol. I was sorry about the entire shindig because it was such a waste of time and energy in something that had nothing to do with me. Keep my name clean… I fear no rapper of any kind or on anytime… K dot solid but y’all need to chill lol," his now deleted tweet reads.

Lupe Fiasco Refutes Claim He Apologized To Kendrick Lamar

Earlier this year Lupe Fiasco re-sparked and then settled another old beef. He's been at odds with Kid Cudi for years dating back to comments he made about an encounter with Lupe before he was famous. After they ended up back in each other's tweets earlier this year Cudi finally offered up an apology. While Lupe was hesitant to bury that hatchet at first eventually the two finally settled things.

What do you think of Lupe Fiasco's claims that he wasn't actually apologizing to Kendrick Lamar? Do you think his apology for getting into the situation in the first place still counts as an apology to Lamar? Let us know in the comment section below.


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Lavender Alexandria is a music and culture journalist based in Los Angeles, California. She’s covered dozens of musical genres and styles from the most mainstream to the most experimental and underground on her blog and accompanying YouTube channel that looks at music, pop culture, and Billboard charts since 2017: Lav’s Music Corner. Lavender has produced editorial and listicle content both in written and video form over the past far years and has also interviewed up-and-coming artists like Censored Dialogue. Her experiences covering culture have taken her from Hyperpop parties in LA to underground rap shows in Atlanta, to DIY punk shows in Charlotte. Lavender has also written for iHeartRadio, covering some of the biggest artists in Hip Hop such as Ice Spice, Drake, Doja Cat and Cardi B. She also has bylines with ScreenRant and continues to write for Ringtone magazine. Lavender is a lifelong Charlotte Hornets fan and her favorite rap artists include Clipping, Little Simz, Earl Sweatshirt, and Kendrick Lamar.