By Maurice Bobb
The problem with Drake having a standout track like “Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2” on his Nothing Was the Same LP is this: every rapper from top to bottom wants to hop on the instrumental for a remix. In the latest installment of jackin’ for beats, Lupe Fiasco strong-arms Drizzy’s Jay Z-assisted track for his own freestyle, “Pound of Flesh (Paris, Tokyo 2).”
As per usual, Lupe brings the bars nonstop on this freebie track, especially out the gate, when he takes time to “acknowledge” the original owner of the song.
“It’s yo beat I’m sorry, but our eyes was so starry/I just had to get some…and one up it/hit the bricks, drop the coins, pick up the sh--,” he raps before diving headfirst into the beat, weaving metaphors like a master seamstress about the dire circumstances permeating the realities of the lives of those that call Chicago home.
The “Superstar” MC does take a subtle jab at the Toronto MC, though, with lines like “your beat is in my bedroom, givin’ head to him” and “beat the beat til it’s sleep.” Surprisingly, though, Lupe uses the last few seconds of the song to shout out his fellow emcees that hail from the Chi: Lil Durk, Lil Mouse, Chief Keef, Chance the Rapper, Common and, of course, Kanye West.
Listen to Lupe Fiasco’s “Pound of Flesh (Paris, Tokyo 2)” after the jump.