What would rap music be without a good beef now and again? Right now, Drake and Big Sean are claiming that many rappers stole their rhyming style, but are specifically targeting Ludacris. Ludacris fires back at them in a new song.
So there’s this thing called a hashtag rap, which takes it name from Twitter where a rapper sets up a line and finishes it with a one word punchline. For example, in Drake’s song “Forever,” he does it like this, “Swimming in the money come and find me. Nemo.” Get it? So anyways, Big Sean is claiming he “started” this style of “flow” and Drake says he made it popular but gives credit to Sean for “creating it. Beside the fact that these two rappers don’t realize comedians have been doing this for years, it’s called a joke, many rappers have been doing this "hashtag" thing long before they ever had.
Anyways, the duo have targeted Ludacris as having one of the worst uses of a hashtag rap. Drake explains, “Well, that flow has been killed by so many rappers. And, I never want to use that flow again in life. To be honest, that flow, you can trace it back to like...I trace it back to Big Sean
"That's the first guy I heard utilize that flow throughout the duration of a verse. I'll give him that credit," says Drake of Big Sean, "I think Kanye got it from him. Me and Wayne found a dope way to do it. I don't want to sound cocky, but the best way its been used was on "Forever." Those lines just all individually make so much sense. They're all punchlines. Then a bunch of rappers started doing it and using the most terrible references in the world. I don't want to offend somebody...I hate that rappers picked that flow up. I wish they had left that for people that know how to use it.” [They go like] ‘It's a parade! MACY'S!’"
That last line, “it’s a parade! Macy’s!” is referring to a lyric from Ludacris’s song, “My Chick Bad” whom Drake thinks he “stole” the style from him and Big Sean.
Then Big Sean addresses how he “created” this rap style.
“I created that one word rhyme style,” claims Big Sean, “Drake really made it more popular, but Drake gave me the credit and was like, 'I really got that from Big Sean.' I think some artists just did it so wack man. Don't get it wrong I'm not trying to dis Ludacris or nothing. He's a great MC. But even though that style got so overused, there was a lot of people who did it great and there was a lot of people who didn't do it so great. People always ask me was you mad that people took that style from you. I'm like, 'Nah, that went and shows me how far I can go as an artist.' I feel like I changed hip-hop.”
So here’s Ludacris’s response. He just released the song “History Lesson & Bada Boom” in which he schools Drake and Sean and claims rappers have been using the so-called “hashtag” rap since the early 90’s.
In the new Ludacris track he samples clips from artists like Kanye West, Cam’ron, Method Man, The Notorious B.I.G and Q-Tip, who all do the one-word punchline years before Big Sean even knew what a rap was.
Ludacris then raps, clearly aiming at Drake and Sean (though he doesn’t name names),
“Do your research before you make a claim so bogus it’s disrespecting pioneers in the game.”
And also, “Counterfeit rappers say I’m stealing their flows, but I can’t steal what you never made up b-tch. Y’all some duplicate rap cloning ni—as.”
So, how’s that for a rap beef?