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I know by now everyone has either heard or heard about Kendrick Lamar’s verse on Big Sean’s CONTROL joint.
In case u have been under a rock or dead here’s the synopsis.
NO I.D. produced a song that didn’t make BigSean’s upcoming “Hall of Fame” album due to sample clearance issues. The song featured Kendrick and Jay Electronica & popped up all over the blogosphere on Monday. Well, Sean went first, Kendrick went second and Jay Elect was the anchor.
At least that was the plan.
I played it, listened to Sean’s verse, it was cool. Next was Kendrick’s. His verse was pretty much par for the course, then he decided to spaz the fuck out. I dunno if anybody even listened to Jay’s verse after Kendrick’s. It got the “Oh Shit”, reaction. After giving the prerequisite respect to JayZ, Nas, Eminem & Andre3k effectively immunizing them from the upcoming onslaught, this Compton nigga proclaimed himself the King of New York and basically gave out personal battle me invites to Jay Cole, Wale, Drake, ASAP Rocky, Meek Mil, Mac Miller, BigKRIT, Pusha T, TylerTheCreator AND Big Sean and Jay Electronica for good measure. Kendrick basically called out every nigga in his weight class. He even called Jay Cole by his government name “Jermaine Cole” so there was no doubt who he was talking about. And then he said “WEST COAST” at the end just to let niggas know.
Tupac would be proud.
Kendrick also said some shit about G5 planes & drunk Grandpa’s with prosthetic legs, but that’s beside the point. It wasn’t exactly a dis. This wasn’t “HIT EM UP Part II” by any stretch of the imagination. Kendrick just let his peers know how he was laying. He’s aware of who has the money, champagne & weed, but now he wanted to know who has the bars?
Shit felt like the 80’s & 90’s again.
Twitter went crazy.
I haven’t seen mainstream or underground HipHop fans this excited since Jay Electronica & JustBlaze dropped “EXHIBIT C”. It seems like every rapper in the world had a response to Kendrick’s verse. Everybody except the niggas he was specifically talking to. I don’t know what the fuck those cats are waiting for. Maybe some of them are going to get together & record one “We Are The World” style track. “ThatsWhatFriendsAreFor2013 (The Kendrick Response)” or some shit. Joell Ortiz from Slaughterhouse repped hard for New York tho. He gave an immediate response with Royce Da 5-9-like quickness. He stood tall. As did Papoose.
For everybody else, man listen. If you’re not from New York or he didn’t mention u stop making response records. Technically you can’t respond to a nigga who wasn’t talking to you.
As for Mr. Lamar he ended mainstream Hip Hop’s circle jerk and gave it a much needed shot in the arm. Kendrick Lamar basically said “We’re cool, but I’m trying to kill you niggas on tracks”. Rappers are gonna have to stop fucking doing all these collaborations and stand on their own two damn feet.
It had gotten to the point where I would hear a joint & there would be so many niggas on it I would have no idea who’s song it was, let alone what project it was on. For the longest I thought “DJ KHALED” was the name of a group consisting of Ross, Wayne, Baby, AceHood & Busta with occasional appearances by Drake, T-Pain & Future. Shit.
Lastly I have to say kudos to Kendrick for basically saying “fuck these niggas” on some rap shit, & bringing competition back to HipHop. Good job to Joell Ortiz and Pap. They held NY down. The entire HipHop Nation both young & old await the rest of the responses from both the New York emcees and the emcees who were actually mentioned in the verse. It’ll be interesting to see who replies & what they have to say. We’re waiting. Don’t take too long now.
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