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Kendrick Lamar, New York and Hip-Hop’s 40th Birthday


Kool Herc: The Father of Hip-Hop

On August 11, 2013, Hip-Hop Culture, born and bred in the mean streets of New York, turned 40 years old.

On August 12, 2013, Kendrick Lamar lyrically defecated on the whole city with a passionate, lyrical display on Big Sean’s “Control.”

Hip-Hop has always been a fickle beast and still is to this day. The culture is more blood sport than mere music and competition is the cornerstone of it all. Eat or be ate. And that’s a good thing. When Kendrick dropped his bars on “Control” he essentially said, “You guys are my brothers, but step it up. Show me what you got.”

I got love for you all but I’m tryna murder you n***as/
Tryna make sure your core fans never heard of you n***as/
They dont wanna hear not one more noun or verb from you n***as/
What is competition? I’m tryna raise the bar high/
Who tryna jump and get it? You better off tryna skydive

Now, which one of the rappers named will respond (J. Cole, Big KRIT, Wale, Pusha T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake, Big Sean, Jay Electronica, Tyler The Creator, Mac Miller)? Furthermore, New “The Fatherland” York was not left out of the fray. Set to the backdrop of a 40th birthday, the contrast is jarring. What New York rapper will step in and counter Kendrick’s brazen claims of being the King of New York (as well as the West King). Maybe Joe Budden. Perhaps Fabolous. The 26-year-old has Compton resident has demanded that rappers step out out on faith and raise the quality level at its most haughty and at the base “accept this challenge.” Who wants it. In New York’s heyday, there would have been a slew of darts tossed back.

The Golden Era is gone and its not coming back, but if there ever was a substitute, this is it right now. Hip-Hop is no longer separated by regions thanks to the internet. This means there are times when you hear a bit of Andre 3000 or even Eminem in the influences of Kendrick Lamar. This is why A$AP Rocky can be so trill. K-Dot’s major label debut, good kid, m.A.A.d city, proves that he was reared to be great by the likes of Dr. Dre, The Game and others. This is not unlike Large Professor taking Nas under his wing or Big Daddy Kane putting Jay Z on tour. So, there are two sides to this competitive thing called Hip-Hop where the art gets push forward, but you better keep your bars up.

At 40, Hip-Hop music is looking pretty good. Sure, a lot of the “culture” is left on the fringes or with a select few still in tune with more traditional aspects. Then something like this call to arms happens happens and everybody – in synch and unified – remembers what is all about.

Competition.

Being the best.

Iron sharpens iron.

Let us get it on.

I could go on, but I’ll let the legendary Big Daddy Kane have the final word.

Long live Hip-Hop.

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  • DollasTX

    big daddy kane didnt want that argument with rakim … anyway

    • Thetruth7777

      Put a quarter in your ass because you played your self

      • DollasTX

        niggah quoting KANE … dont get it phucked up

        kane was that deal but RAKIM was a whole ‘nother BEAST

  • J.Erick

    Chuck Hip Hop’s B Day was Sunday. Ho azz ni99a. Sydney, iLLseed, and whoever else u pretend to be, all some ho azz ni99az

  • $27177313

    Kendrick just pulled Wayne… KENDRICK IS NOT THE KING OF NY! I’m a fan of Kendrick Lamar but he’s 0-2 on the mic when matched up with NY legends in my opinion. Jay-Z’s bars were better on ‘Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe (Remix)’ and 50 Cent’s bars were better on ‘We Up’. K Dot should of saved this for an Eminem track instead of wasting it on Big Sean and the B-Version of Nas. Happy 40th Hip-Hop!

    • Obi Won

      Your comparing a younging in the Game to LEGENDS, that speaks of Kendrick’s caliber

      • $27177313

        I’m not questioning Kendrick’s talent and I’m comparing them bc he just claimed to be King of NY on this song and happened to have already been on track with two of the actual Kings of NY.

      • Casor_G

        50 aint no legend. Dude made 1 hot album. Money does not equal status in the game.

    • Taskforce Taylor

      50 cent lol i bet you got a gunit chain

      • $27177313

        Yeah and a Roc-A-Fella but don’t tell anybody I’m finna sell them to Dame Dash and Rick Ross. Lol

      • Casor_G

        For sure, because 50 gets way too much credit for GRODT

    • Global_Mission

      Kendrick kilt Jay and 50!! #BottomLine ..2-0

    • tf

      nah u mean c- to me more like f- fail as nas

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  • Guest

    joe budden got murdered by game and fabolous needs to stick to making corning ass r&b hip hop music.

    • Dubz

      Budden got murdered by Game? When did this happen?

      • NEWSKULL

        I think it was the other around but it was on some sneaky ass move on Budden part… Budden told Game to spit his verse first on the track… when Game sent it back to him afterwards JOE murdered his ass and the G-Unit camp on the track… that was before Game first album even dropped… And come to think of it… Shit sparked the first argument between Game and 50… Game talked about it on BEEF II (I believe?) and used the same tactics on YUKMOUTH… lmao the beef shit was entertaining back in the day..

      • Dubz

        Even after that…Game and GUnit didn’t body Budden…When Joe Budden dropped Big Shot and dissed that whole crew….listen to the lyrics of that track…everything he said on that song happened….50 started signing…Gunit broke up and we all know Game was on that show Change of Heart. And he told game he was a replacement til Yayo came home…Again…where did Game body Joe Budden at?

    • Sincereb6

      U definately aint a hip hop fan. Your on the wrong site. You need to be on allpopmusic.com.or something. Hip Hop don’t need you and your dumbass comment.
      Fab is a lyrical beast so is Joe Budden.

      • Taskforce Taylor

        come on man just cause i don’t like fab? big fan of buddens but listen to the tracks in his beef with game he got bodied so i don’t think he wants it with lamar. Fabolous is ass bro he spits bubble gum bars. I’m so into, baby, can’t let you go, trade it all…ya he spit that hot fire!

      • Sincereb6

        Kendrick lamar aint on Games level tho, so it would be a different outcome.
        Jay Z got bodied by Nas, doesn’t mean Jay Z aint a nice rapper and wont merk other rappers if they came at him.
        Fabolous aint ass, listen to wolves in sheeps clothing, Yall don’t hear me tho, life is so exciting. He got bars.
        Every rapper has commercial songs. Name me one rapper who hasn’t got a commercial song like Fab?

      • J.Erick

        Game garbage tho..

      • NEWSKULL

        Indeed tho…

      • J.Erick

        LOL Feel me? GAYME tries to rap like whoever he’s on the song with. Dont forget he cant rap without saying..

        Compton
        Dr.Dre
        6’4 impala
        Jesus piece
        Dr.Dre
        Blood
        Dr. Dre
        Aftermath
        and Dr.Dre
        ………………In every song

      • NEWSKULL

        Yep… no Homo tho

      • brotha_man

        he do name drop, him and Jay z are the two most name dropping-est mc’s ever

      • brotha_man

        i second that tho…

      • Thomas Smith

        Did you really just a say that wack ass always name dropping game is better then kendrick lamar……you must be a Ray-J fan….smmfh

      • Dubz

        Which song did Budden get bodied on? I don’t recall that at all.

      • Casor_G

        Funny! Dude does have bars though. He just spits a lot of player music for the females and so his better stuff gets pushed to the back…

        Plus getting stole off on by Ray-J isn’t good for anybodies career

    • Thomas Smith

      when did that happen exactly on what song???? I don’t remember that…..

    • Taskforce Taylor

      All I was saying is out of all those rappers people were waiting for Fab to respond? And listen to 200 bars and running and tell me Buddens didn’t get murdered. I know a lot of you new yorkers are salty and shit but c’mon. all of your mainstream rappers are rapping on south beats or act like they are from Texas.

  • Cbiz

    Kendrick, salute. Thanks for putting fire under these niggaz ass!

  • speedy37

    Kendrick lamar is wack.

    • Thomas Smith

      Pac….Biggie is that you????? oh just another soujia boy fan…..damn

      • Thomas Smith

        you must not listen to hip hop music at all….

    • Taskforce Taylor

      Soulja Boy is the GOAT!

      • Blaq_Boi

        Hahaha i see what you did there.

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  • NEWSKULL

    lol Kendrick= 2PAC, J Cole= Nas, Drake= Watch the Throne?…yes?…maybe?… IDK… Even Drake is trying to figure it out… lmao… for now Drake = Drake… But We need a DMX or/and a 50… who is willing to walk in their shoes?… I am saying SCHOOL BOY Q got a good shot since 50 is his role model…

    • smarter than you

      Drake= Al B Sure

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  • brotha_man

    when these streets keep calling, heard it when i was sleep that this gay-z and cock-a-fella records wanted beef, started cocking up my weapon, slowly loading up this ammo,
    to exploded it on a camel, and his soldiers i can handle, this for dolo and it’s manuscript, just sound stupid…..

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  • You guys were really late reporting about Hip-Hop’s 40th birthday.
    But better late than never. it’s just like forgetting you’re best friends
    birthday. This shows what little respect you give him.
    It seems this is the current trend. White people do care more about
    Hip-Hop than black people. All my white friends on Facebook posted
    happy B-day Hip-Hop. But none of my black friends wrote anything.

    Ignorance rules everything around me

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