Killer Mike Says Both Waka Flocka Flame & Lupe Fiasco Can Be Damaging To Hip-Hop [VIDEO]

killermikethumb Killer Mike is one of Hip-Hop's most intelligent and insightful minds. The Atlanta rapper exposed ...

Killer Mike is one of Hip-Hop's most intelligent and insightful minds. The Atlanta rapper exposed his knack critical thinking during a visit to Green Lantern's Invasion Radio when explaining how both Waka Flocka Flame and Lupe Fiasco can be damaging to Hip-Hop.

While discussing Mike's new album, R.A.P. Music, the topic moved to the extremes in Hip-Hop music; with the intellectual lyricism of the Go's Lupe Fiasco and the rowdy bars of ATL's Waka Flocka Flame serving as examples. Killer Kill believes both extremes can be hurtful in the grand scheme of Hip-Hop and its audience. “Waka gets presented as ignorance, but he's not,” began Killer Mike. “But the people who present him that way and who accept him that way, they take bless in that ignorance. Taking bliss and being ignorant meaning, you're just going to stay ignorant. But Waka's not ignorant. He's progressively moving his family [and] his future forward. But if you only think the ignorance in the music that makes me feel good for three minutes is it, then you're going to stay in that place where you at; that's welfare, no healthcare…I mean we know who like the hood music, the hood.”

On the opposite end of the spectrum are fans who can be too snobbish when it comes to who they choose to rock with. “On the other side, when you have Lupe and the audience that he brings, a lot of times that audience can perceive [themselves] to be more than or elitist,” explaind Mike. “I watched the Roots work their audience back. I remember when the Roots audience used to shimmy up like, ‘We don't do the Jay-Z.' And the Roots and Jay worked together like, ‘Nah, ee all Black men, this all Hip-Hop.' And then those two audiences fused together. With audiences like [Lupe's] a lot of times you can protect yourself behind the ‘I don't really deal with rap, but I listen to Lupe.'"

Watch the part one of Killer Mike's interview with Invasion Radio below.


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  • koffybrown

    I agree with Killer Mike. You have to have balance when it comes to Hip Hop,some rap its just for entertainment but still it has a message rather negative or positive. Some music is made for the hood because mostly the listeners can relate and go with whats real to them. On the other hand you have rap that makes you aware of the social and politics thats going on in the world and make you think and open you eyes to whats real and whats not. So some people may or may not ride with Waka for his southern style lyrics or Lupe's for anti Government stance on free speech and rebel style contents thats presented in his lyrics. Good or Bad there is something that everyone can rock with it.

  • whatsforreal

    All kinds of people like Waka Flaka and Lupe - some people even like rock, and they live in the hood. So, cause I live in the hood and like hood music does not mean that I am limited to the lyrics of a song. If the beat feels right and the rap is tight on the beat with some sense - I like it. Killer Mike is talking about people who are easily lead and are phoney. So who really cares about them? What I'm so sick of is the media giving people such a small selection of rappers to hear. I really want to hear some Ace Hood or other lyrically talented rapper. If all rappers realized they were a mouthpiece to the world they would be a lil more socially conscious. Still want to hear those beats no matter what.

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