Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” has been stirring up the hip-hop community lately. First he proclaims himself the “King of New York” and then he raps
I’m usually homeboys with the same niggas I’m rhymin’ wit
But this is hip hop and them niggas should know what time it is
And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big KRIT, Wale
Pusha T, Meek Millz, A$AP Rocky, Drake
Big Sean, Jay Electron’, Tyler, Mac Miller
I got love for you all but I’m tryna murder you niggas
Tryna make sure your core fans never heard of you niggas
They dont wanna hear not one more noun or verb from you niggas
What is competition? I’m tryna raise the bar high
Who tryna jump and get it? You better off tryna skydive
Out the exit window of 5 G5′s with 5 grand
With your granddad as the pilot he drunk as fuck tryna land…
Read more: Kendrick Lamar – Control Lyrics | MetroLyrics. We love how he called out his friends and competition in the industry and was like look, if you want to compete, you’re going to have to get on my level and I’m raising where I’m at so you don’t have a chance.
Interview from HotNewHipHop.com:
“Kendrick Lamar reveals his favorite “Control” response, as well as clearing the air on his “King Of New York” line.
Kendrick Lamar has finally taken some time to answer a lot of questions that have been raised since he released his monumental “Control” verse. K.Dot spoke to Peter Rosenberg at HOT97 about the responses to the track, competition in the rap game, his King of New York Line” and more.
Read a few excerpts from the interview below.
On his favorite responses: I liked the Los verse, Joe Budden did his thing, Joell– a lot of people with different approaches. Joey had the facts in his verse, a few things that he felt.Papoose had the comical joint. Los was flippin’ his words, putting that spunk on it. Los killed it, out of everybody.
On the verse affecting his relationship with other rappers: I didn’t hear from nobody. But I wasn’t worried about it affecting relationships. At the end of the day, if you listen to the line these are the cats that I feel like inspire the game. They inspire to be the best like I how I inspire to be the best. They’re competitive, they respect the culture I don’t feel like there should be some time of ill-feel toward it.
On The “King Of New York” line: It made me go back in and feel like I gotta probably dumb down my lyrics nowadays for the people that take it way out of context the way that they did. The irony behind it all is … the ones to really understood context of the line is the kings of New York that I met with this week. The cats that I’ve sat down with this past week. It’s not about what coast, it’s not about what side we on. It’s about being as great as Biggie and Pac, the two cats that I reference from jump. I feel like I’m a student. I’m a student of the work they did. Eventually when I put down my 20 years in the game I can eventually plant my foot and have that same type my legacy. But for people who are trying to make it something that it’s not, I would never try to take the history from what Pac and BIG laid. And, to keep it 100 with you, Snoop will always be number 1.
On Jay Z and Diddy’s reaction: That’s classified between me and him, but it was all love and respect. Same way with Diddy and a few other cats. At the end of the day, I feel as though you got certain cats that really want to take it to the next level and make it a rivalry thing, that’s old school homey. I’m a Black man out here trying to uplift the culture. My first sold out show was in New York, so I always looked at that place as a place that respected me and my lyrics. I think the ones that took it out of context where the people that want to grab an opportunity off of the hype of the record rather than actually tuning in and listening and knowing how hungry I am. A lot of people think it’s about talent, that’s where they get it wrong. I’m saying I’m the most hungriest in this.