11:32am PT by Erika Ramirez, Billboard
Kendrick Lamar's 'Control' Verse: Rappers React on Twitter
Monday night, Aug. 12, Big Sean debuted the Kendrick Lamar, Jay Electronica-assisted "Control" with Hot 97's Funk Flex. The No I.D.-produced cut didn't make it onto his upcoming Hall of Fame album due to sampling clearance. But it wasn't the release that took the net by surprise, it was Kendrick's featured verse.
"I'm usually homeboys with the same ni--as I’m rhyming' with/ But this is hip-hop and them ni--as 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 tryin' murder you ni--as/ Tryin' to make sure your core fans never heard of you ni--as/ They don’t wanna hear not one more noun or verb from you ni--as," K. Dot raps. "What is competition? I'm tryin' to raise the bar high. Who trying to jump and get it?"
The L.A. rapper ignited a conversation on who in the rap game really wears the crown by calling his rap friends to compete and claiming he's "Makaveli's offspring/ I'm the king of New York/ King of the coast."
Many rappers, from Pusha T to Diddy, took to Twitter to let Kendrick know how they felt about his verse. Check out their thoughts below.
I hear u loud and clear my nigga... @kendricklamar— PUSHA T (@PUSHA_T) August 13, 2013
KENDRICK!!!!! Ohhhh Shiiitttttt @RevoltTV— Diddy (@iamdiddy) August 13, 2013
"This is Gladiator Shit"...Gotta give the people what they want .— Big K.R.I.T. (@BIGKRIT) August 13, 2013
LET THAT BOY KENDRiCK COOK, HE AiNT HURTiN NOBODY, HE FiRE Y'ALL BiTCH ASS ARTiSTS UP, DON'T FORGET THiS iS SKiLLED ENTERTAiNMENT SUCKERS— COCAiNE CARTWHEELS (@JODYHiGHROLLER) August 13, 2013
How can yall think I'm hating on Kendrick right now? Much respect to him for bodying everybody. This day marks a new rap game kno dat. Haha— oG $wank. (@joeyBADASS_) August 13, 2013
If I can't do no more nouns or verbs ima start comin with the wildest adjective bars that anyone has ever heard.— Mac. (@MacMiller) August 13, 2013
I don't feel like @kendricklamar dissed anybody. He just has moved up to another level. Y'all late overly dedicated nigga! Bruh been fire!!!— Trinidad Jame$ (@TrinidadJamesGG) August 13, 2013
Every rapper is supposed to feel like Kendrick feels as far as wanting to murder niggas on the mic. That's why I wrote my "Murder" verse.— Bun B (@BunBTrillOG) August 13, 2013
A Cali nigga just said he’s the King of NY & u niggas so fucking worried about your relationships, y’all make me sick.— Joe Budden (@JoeBudden) August 13, 2013
Any studios open yet?— Fabolous (@myfabolouslife) August 13, 2013