Kendrick Lamar Control-versy Inspires Rappers to Get Lyrical

With the amount of people replying to Kendrick Lamar‘s “Control” verse, chances are he could spend the rest of his career replying to diss tracks and tweets.

After Kendrick’s electric shock treatment on Hip-Hop’s current lyrical stamina, a slew of artists have come out to reply to his legendary verse on Big Sean‘s “Control” featuring him and Jay Electronica. While most artists mentioned in the lyric took little to no offence, what is surprising is the amount of responses coming from rappers not singled out.

The verse in question had a few particularly brutal lines regarding his colleagues he considers at the top of their game right now:

I’m usually homeboys with the same n****s i’m rhymin wit/But this is hip hop and them n****s should know what time it is/And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Wale, Pusha T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake, Big Sean, Jay Electron‘, Tyler, Mac Miller/I got love for you all but I’m tryna murder you n****s/Tryna make sure your core fans never heard of you n****s.

Oh, and he also called himself “King Of New York“, which may have irked a few rap fans from The Big Apple.

Here’s the verse in question, isolated from what would have been a pretty ordinary song if it wasn’t for the “Good Kid M.A.A.D. City” rapper’s incendiary lyrics:

If you look at the core of what he actually said, he isn’t entirely wrong for wanting to step a notch above his colleagues/competition. There is a thin line between business and friendship, and at the end of the day, rappers are in it to win it. That is what rappers are supposed to strive for. His message to his colleagues was simple: I consider you competition, get better bars or I’ll take your fans.

Fair enough.

Jay Electronica said “I like the song and the stir it’s causing” in an interview with REVOLT. He adds:  “It’s good for Rap music.”

Big K.R.I.T. was probably the most surprised, since he is still very underrated.

“It’s exciting because it was probably crazier for his fans, for him to mention my name among rappers that people would consider top tier. So what I got an opportunity to see a little bit last night and this morning, was just people that probably never tweeted me before, whether it be negative or positive. For me, it was like, ‘Thank you for the promotion.”

Now what about the people not mentioned? Pusha T, Iggy Azalea, Tech N9ne and many others have applauded him for wanting to bring more edge to rap. Fabolous, one of New York’s most prominent lyricists, took no offense to the K.O.N.Y. line.

Missy Elliot thanked him on Twitter for reminding rappers “2 be Lyrical and have substance again.” Diddy kept it short and sweet: “KENDRICK!!!!! Ohhhh Sh********t”.

El-P and Killer Mike, who together form Run The Jewels, seem to find this matter over-played, though they are happy to see there is buzz surrounding dope lyricism. El-P explains: “We’re just like, cool, we got another one on our team”.

As for the others, well, they have replied with understandable anger. And it’s all online for our enjoyment. Here are some of our favorites:

Lupe Fiasco – SLR 2

Joell Ortiz – Outta Control

Cassidy – Control Freestyle

JE Writer – Control Yourself

B.O.B. – How 2 Rap

What is your opinion? Do you think Kendrick Lamar is the best rapper alive right now? Do you think this is good for Hip-Hop? Overhyped? Comment below!

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