Lupe Fiasco has weighed in on Kanye West's "Yeezus" and Kendrick Lamar's "Control" verse.
During the recent L.A. stop on his Tetsuo And YouthÂ Preview Tour, Lupe Fiacso caught up withÂ Rikki Martinez of Power 106 for a brief interview.Â The two discussedÂ his upcomingÂ album, Kanye West's Yeezus, his response to Kendrick Lamar's verse on Big Sean'sÂ 'Control' and more.Â
Below, read excerpts from the interview and peep the whole thing:Â
On Falling Off:Â "I donât really know what falling off is. Did I fall off at radio? Did I fall of as an MC? You mean Iâm not just as popular as I was six months ago or because you let this new dude come in who you think is nice because youâre 17 and heâs relating to yourÂ high schoolÂ experience the same way Nas did for me."
OnÂ Tetsuo And Youth:Â "[It's]Â definitely more straightforward. I've always been conceptually progressive, but at the same time too, making it simple enough for you to understand exactly what Iâm talking about from the first time that you hear it."Â
On His Chris Brown Collaboration "Crack":Â "It's about smoking crack, and thatâs what the song is about... People smoke crack, itâs a problem. It's not a problem. Some peopleÂ loveÂ it, some people hate it. I'm just gonna present it to you in a format where, 'Hey, this song is about smoking crack,' and how you deal with that is how you deal with it. Does it make you wanna go fight an anti-drugÂ campaign, does it make you wanna go smoke some crack, does it build you up as a crackÂ dealer, does it tear you down as a crackÂ dealer? I donât know."Â
OnÂ Yeezus:Â "I still donât know what 'Black Skinhead' is about. Itâs a lot of emotional, a lot of this, a lot of clichÃ©, a lot of kinda stuff balled in together, and itâs just supposed to be presented as aÂ packageÂ and you digest it."
On His "Control" Response "SLR 2":Â "It wasnât more directed at the response for 'Control.' It was directed at the wave that 'Control' made, where it tried to make everybody else obsolete... There was no ill will in it, but letâs establish dominance. If you finna be nice and you finna say that you finna be nicest, then you have to be the nicest and you have to be the nicest in everything that you do from now on."