Gotta love Hannibal Buress keepin’ it Chicago for his season finale for Why? with Hannibal Buress new show on Comedy Central. His musical guest is one of his favorite rappers: Lupe Fiasco, who brought on Nikki Jean to perform “Prisoner 1 & 2” off Tetsuo & Youth.
This is the first time I’ve seen it live and Lupe, per usual, spits each line precisely that I just imagine the casual viewer or studio audience member being engrossed by, word for word. That’s why it’s always cool what Lupe chooses to perform on the national stage, let alone in general.
Also, of course, it’s great to see Nikki Jean beside him, singing the quick lines on the hook to perfection too. In general, it’s just great to see the duo continuing to make music and perform live and I have a feeling that won’t stop into the future. Especially on the heels of Lupe’s sweet birthday wishes to Nikki this week:
So that open rap battle challenge from yasiin Bey yesterday… that was quickly accepted by Lupe Fiasco and got rap fans clammoring for a next-level back and forth in the wake of Meek Mill and Drake… that open rap battle challenge… was meant to be private talk. Kinda like locker room talk off the record.
“I stand behind the statement,” yasiin Bey tells Ferrari Sheppard in a new interview, “but, at the same time, I’m not trying to arrange some sort of exhibition. I see certain people, I have an opinion about them. It’s a private opinion made public, I will say again, without my knowledge or permission or consent. So, that’s a violation.”
According to Bey himself, those initially private remarks were simply meant to make a valid point about the current Gladiator atmosphere of the public’s self-fueled desires for continually escalating feuds. “We are the only culture that this atmosphere has been constructed around,” says Bey. “Some of that is self-perpetuated, but all of it is not self-inflicted. It’s threatening to turn the whole thing, or a fair portion of the thing, into some gladiator tournament.”
This basically means yasiin Bey vs. Lupe Fiasco won’t happen. And no matter if this is a convoulted way for Mos to backpedal, it’s just unfortunate as a fan. Would love to see this as a skillful competition/art form. I’ll give credit to Bey’s comments in the last paragraph though, that is something to think about for our hip hop culture.
The summer of beefs continue, though this isn’t totally that — more of a competition in the making.
And one I think we’re all excited about. If we haven’t forgotten about Meek Mill vs. Drake with Compton last night, this should cement it.
The story: Mos Def a.k.a. Yasiin Bey issues an open, live rap battle challenge, names his team (Black Thought & King Los). That video is below. Lupe caught wind of this and accepted the challenge on Instagram. Nice quick couple bars there too, Lu.