The blogosphere is buzzing with recent reports that Lupe Fiasco is threatening to sue Vibe magazine for defamation of character. Fiasco claims that the magazine is the cause of 'Fiascogate,' which erupted after the Chicago-bred emcee screwed up the lyrics to A Tribe Called Quest's 'Electric Relaxation' during a tribute performance at VH1's Hip-Hop Honors.
Vibe published an article that made Fiasco look like he was anti-Tribe, using quotes from an interview that happened before the VH1 program was taped.
According to the rapper: "[Tribe] didn't sell 10 million records, so why would people feel they had a blanket on the world like that?" Fiasco went on to tell Vibe that he's never listened to the classic 'Midnight Marauders,' and defended his disinterest in Tribe's critically acclaimed album. "There's kids in Harlem who right now would never ever listen to 'Midnight Marauders', I don't give a f--- what you do, they'll never listen to Q-Tip and they want to be rappers and they want to talk about positive things. So why would you shoot them down?"
The Vibe article caused a stir when bloggers connected the interview with his recent flub at the Hip-Hop Honors. Fiasco called in to Sirius Satellite Radio's Shade 45, and insisted that he meant no disrespect to the legendary outfit, but that his quotes were taken out of context. A disclaimer has been added to the 'Vibe' article, but Fiasco says the damage has already been done.