Allen Iverson said:Without Lupe and his career path step by step as it went... There'd be no Kendrick and it's not debatable... He has the highest of the highest possible respect from Jay and Nas... Was in a "group" with prime Kanye and prime Pharrell.... He has at least two indisputable classics... Is the most commercially successful super lyrical miracle rapper ever as well... That's where he ranks.
Edit: And if Chilly never got arrested, Lupe would have been as big as current day Kendrick. Easily. He was out here on his own. Chilly was the Top Dawg to Lupe, for anyone that doesn't know. He had all of the street connections, was close with Jay and that's how he connected with Lu, etc. Him going behind bars was a bigger trajectory altering for Lupe then Jay last minute backing out of his president deal at Atlantic... Which was the reason Lu signed there in the first place.