Kendrick Lamar's "Control" verse, a Big Sean song that didn't quite make it on the album, has put K dot in quite the interesting situation. The song also features the Detroit rapper Sean and Jay Electronica, but their verses almost don't matter in comparison with Kendrick's. In the Kendrick Lamar "Control" verse, the rapper essentially called out everyone who's anyone right now -- including J. Cole, Drake, A$AP Rocky, Tyler the Creator, Wale and more. Even Big Sean and Jay Electronica! Listen to the Kendrick Lamar "Control" verse below.
The clip is a standard Funkmaster Flex affair, but it's worth stomaching all the tags and bomb-drops. (UPDATE 8.14.2013: We had to replace the audio source)
The seven minute song lacks a hook (which we think is a plus) and has each rapper spit their fair share of bars. It is interesting that a California rapper would proclaim himself the King Of New York. After sectioning off the exceptions of Jay-Z, Nas, Eminem, and Andre 3000 he claims to be better than, in Lamar's order, J. Cole, Big KRIT, Wale, Pusha T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake, Big Sean, Jay Electronica, Tyler the Creator and Mac Miller. We can't even begin to fathom how crazy things are about to get. We wouldn't even be surprised if a one or two rapper's career gets Ja-Ruled out of the picture. We're fans of Kendrick, we can't help but wonder if he's writing a check his flow can't cash.
And even the ones not mentioned in Kendrick Lamar's "Control" verse will take offense to the fact their names weren't dropped. Oh man.
Any studios open yet?
— Fabolous (@myfabolouslife) August 13, 2013
Big Sean had something similar to say to Kendrick Lamar's "Control" verse at his album release party in New York on August 6. Maybe he saw the verse coming and decided to respond accordingly. Via HipHopDX, "Sometimes people don't consider Big Sean as one of the best rappers because Big Sean has only put out one album," the Finally Famous rapper revealed. "So what I was saying was going into this album, I had the mind state of thinking, 'Man alright, I've been on basically songs with everybody who I really respect man in the rap game. From Jay Z to Kanye to the newcomers, the new guys. And I always stand on my own.' I always stand out and you can never say I've never done a feature where someone's out-rapped me on and it's crazy because a lot of those songs, I would submit my verse first and then people like Kanye or Jay Z or whoever will get it. And it just goes to show you that I'm here for a reason...I'll hop on a song with Drake and out rap him and that's my homie. Or Jay Z. Or whoever." We can't wait to see what Kendrick Lamar's "Control" verse will bring forth in the rap game. Mentioned or not, he's pissed off basically every rapper in exactly 3 minutes. We're not sure what incited this rage but we do know in the end, it's the rap fans that win. Stay tuned folks.
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) August 13, 2013
What do you think of Kendrick Lamar's "Control" verse? Mad he didn't mention you?