In the aftermath of trading diss tracks against each other last week, Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco and Detroit MC Royce Da 5’9” ended their joint podcast, “The Lupe & Royce Show,” less than a year after its launch, the West Side native announced last week.
Fiasco, a Grammy Award-winning artist, took to Instagram Live last week to reveal the news.
“I think [“The Lupe & Royce Show”] is done,” said Fiasco. “It’s not something that my heart was 100 percent in the podcast, and I think we just reached the state now where it’s an untenable relationship, so I appreciate the last episode went up today. I think sometimes it’s good to just go out on top.
“It’s not something that’s done out of ill will. This is something that’s kind of been building for a little bit. And again, my heart wasn’t 100 percent in the podcast with Royce, without Royce, by myself on my own.”
When the duo launched their podcast in October 2020, they described it as “half conversation between friends, half interview show, and 100% weird.”
Topics on the podcast, which has 45 episodes to date and a 4.9 out of 5 iTunes customer rating, included thoughts on the 2020 election, Ice Cube’s “Contract with Black America,” Chicago and Detroit’s place in inventing house music, interactions with other rappers, freestyles, Royce’s disdain for Eminem’s fans, and inside information into the music industry, among many others.
Last weekend, hip-hop fans went back and forth regarding the diss tracks. . Royce released “Silence Of The Lambda,” and Fiasco responded with “Steve Jobs (SLR 3 1/2).”