(Ludacris previews 1.21 Gigawatts: Back To the First Time)
Back in May Big Sean joined Sway on RapFix Live, where he chatted about rappers who were duplicating his “Supa Dupa” punch line flow (aka hashtag rap). In an earlier interview with AllHipHop, Drake—who credits Sean with introducing him to the style, made popular on tracks like “Forever”—called out Ludacris, in particular, for an unsuccessful attempt at copying the style on the single “My Chick Bad” (“Comin’ down the street like a parade/Macy’s!”) Luda clearly hasn’t forgotten the jab, because on the new single “Bada Boom” from his 1.21 Gigawatts: Back To the First Time mixtape the ATL rapper takes a few shots at Big Sean and Drake.
Although Ludacris doesn’t drop names on the track, it’s not difficult to figure out who he’s aiming at, especially since he references the “My Chick Bad” controversy.
“I’m the truth in this booth and you ni–as all h-es,” Luda spits. “Counterfeit rappers say I’m stealing they flows, but I can’t steal what you never made up b-tch/Y’all some duplicate rap cloning ni–as/I manufacture you h*es put on your makeup b-tch. … Let me explain, nothing’s been new since Big Daddy Kane/Flows’ll get recycled, passed around to different names.Y’all get a couple hit records, make some noise and have the nerve to start shouting?/Who’s gassing ‘em?/ … May not like the way I used it, but you know you ain’t invent it, boy/Do your research before you make a claim so bogus that’s disrespecting pioneers in the game. ‘My Chick Bad’ went platinum, still winning m-th-rf-ck-r!”
“History Lesson,” another cut from the mixtape, is also a literal history lesson, featuring clipped lines from rappers such as Method Man and Cam’ron, demonstrating earlier uses of the “Punch Line” flow.
(Big Sean on RapFix Live)
On Wednesday morning (November 16), Luda appeared on Shade 45’s Sway In The Morning, where he briefly addressed the drama. “I don’t start these things,” he said.
I finish them.”