“Don’t make me get on that ‘Stomp’ shit and get back at it…”
Ludacris has the perfect style for battle-rapping. At his best, his rhymes are noted for rapid-fire lines, clear flows and humor. These ingredients were what made T.I. quickly resolve his issues with Luda after testing the waters with a subliminal and getting spanked on the same song (“Stomp”). But that was years ago. Can a 2011 Luda still bring the same heat? After listening to “Bada Boom,” apparently so. Over a year ago, Big Sean name-checked Ludacris as a rapper that did weak renditions of his “supa dupa flow.” Drake also referenced a specific Ludacris line ( It’s a parade…Macy’s!) as a reason why that flow needed to die.
Ludacris evidently hasn’t forgotten about those comments. The essential ingredient of a good battle record is facts, and Luda kicks off the festivities with a history lesson” intro showing artists from Q-Tip in 1991 to Luda himself in 2008 using the so-called “supa dupa flow” that Big Sean credits himself for creating.
Then the fun begins. Luda plays the role of stern elder, chiding Sean for not learning the history of his profession and mocks him with his signature “boy!” phrase (“May not like the way I used it/ But you know you ain’t invent it, boy!”). While Sean gets most of the direct bars, Luda also alludes to Drake’s comments, lumping together both young emcees as mere foot soldiers in the game (“Fuck the fame/ But go ‘head and get ‘ya five minutes/ Then you frontline cadets/ Can report to your lieutenants..”).
The ball is in the court of the young guns now.
“HISTORY LESSON INTERLUDE”