Rap veteran Ludacris was ready for war last week when he released his “Bada Boom” diss track, which took shots at hip-hop newcomers Drake and Big Sean, who accused Luda of swiping and misusing their “Supa Dupa” punch line flow. But after Drake and Big Sean both responded rather passively to Luda’s diss, it seems like the veteran emcee is the only one interested in going mic to mic on the battlefield.
Sean was the first one to respond to Luda’s diss when he appeared for an interview on KUBE 93 radio station in Seattle, saying that he has no problem with Luda and thinks of him as one of the best in hip-hop history.
“Y’all sure [the song] is about me? ‘Cause I didn’t hear no name or nothing,” he began. “I ain’t got no problems with Luda, I never did. I think he’s referring to an interview I did over a year ago. Literally over a year ago. But in the interview I said he’s a legend. I respect people who [are] ahead of me. I respect OGs and the Gs in general. The only thing I said — [the interviewers] was telling me about the ‘Supa Dupa’ flow. They call it the Supa Dupa flow because on Big Sean my second mixtape I had a flow on there where I was using one word to describe another word in a punch line form.
“I’m pretty sure it was done before [Luda] but I’m just saying where it came from now. We talkin’ about now … I’m not trying to debate and say, ‘I was the first to do this ever.’ I’m just saying that’s just where it was between us.
“So [interviewers] asked me, ‘What’s a good example of [the Supa Dupa flow] and what’s a bad example of it?’ And I think I said [Luda’s] ‘balloons’ line. But I’m telling you this was over a year ago. I can’t believe this was something that’s been lingering this long … I don’t have no problems with Luda. I didn’t even know he cared that much, for a year, to be thinking about what I said in interviews … I think Luda is the best, I think he’s a legend.”
Over the weekend, Drake, who was the most vocal critic of Luda’s hashtag flow use, took to Twitter and shared a similar sentiment to Sean’s.
“You awlready know. I wish they’d just let young ni–as live … respect always,” wrote Drake in an ambiguous tweet to Sean, who then retweeted Drake with an added message.
“@Drake: @BigSean You awlready know. I wish they’d just let young ni–as live … respect always.” Let’s keep killin n gettin rich! Luv,” retweeted Sean.
It’s good to see that both Drake and Sean are taking the high road in this incident and not letting it progress into an unnecessary hip-hop war. Here are six other beefs that ended peacefully. –nicholas robinson