Rappers, celebs respond to Kendrick Lamar's 'Control' verse [lyrics]
Praises, but mostly criticisms, from rappers, celebs and fans continue to pour in for rapper Kendrick Lamar after his featured verse on Big Sean's "Control" dropped Monday.
The 7-minute track also features Jay Electronica, but Lamar's gritty "diss"-filled, name-dropping verse outshined the two rappers, sparking a slew of debates and response "diss" tracks from rappers B.o.B, Cassidy, Lupe Fiasco, Joell Ortiz, Fred the Godson, Mickey Factz, Los and Astro, including a whack from Lindsay Lohan's dad and former Lakers coach Phil Jackson.
In the new song, Compton rapper Lamar proclaimed himself "King of New York," declared he is one of the best among Hip Hip's greatest, and set a challenge to peer-rappers J. Cole, Drake, Wale, Meek Mill, Pusha T and co-features Jay Electronica and Big Sean, among others.
Lamar rapped: “I heard the barbershops spittin' great debates all the time/Bout who's the best MC? Kendrick, Jigga and Nas/Eminem, Andre 3000, the rest of y'all/New n****s just new n****s, don't get involved/ … I'm usually homeboys with the same n****s I'm rhymin' wit/But this is hip-hop and them n****s 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 n****s/Tryna make sure your core fans never heard of you n****s/They don’t wanna hear not one more noun or verb from you n***s/What is competition? I'm tryna raise the bar high/ Who tryna jump and get it?”
Less than three hours later and into early Tuesday morning the song's keywords and hashtags dominated the entire list of trends on Twitter and excerpts were posted all over Instagram.
In an interview with Vibe Tuesday Big Sean, right, showed support for his "homie" Lamar and "Control's" lyrics saying: "“I knew what it was for the culture of hip hop. You see how excited people are. I wanted to do that for music, make that play happen. It gave me like the feeling of how Hip Hop was, how it used to be."
Besides Big Sean, none of those mentioned in Lamar's verse have since responded, but other rappers stepped up to respond to 26-year-old Lamar.
Brooklyn rapper Joell Ortiz, left, released the first response “Outta Control” Tuesday saying “You the king of New York?/ Lil' homie you ain't the king of New York/ You the next thing on my fork.”
“It was brave, you took a chance like a Monopoly cards/But that telly you trying to check in/That property is ours,” he continued.
Georgia rapper B.o.B, right, took over Lamar's "B***h Don't Kill My Vibe" instrumental with Drake's "Versace" flow, saying “Ain’t no rappers on my list. Come holla at me when you’re done riding each other’s d***,” on “How 2 Rap.”
Rapper Lupe Fiasco, left, from Chicago, chimed in with two tracks, but on “SLR 2” he said “He's so crazy, look at the little baby/N***a you ain't Nas, n***a you ain't Jay Z/You will respect me, you will reject me/But I've done so much, no matter how far you go, you will reflect me."
Philly rapper, Cassidy, right, is the latest to respond: “I'm not the king of New York, but the king of New York know I'm hot/ … I'm not rapping, n***a, to get back in the beef/I'm just rapping to be competitive, ... /Yeah, this hip hop getting recorded/So if you a fan of hip hop you gotta support it/Cause it's shortage of rappers rapping like they supposed to rhyme.”
Lamar also got the heat from Lilo’s dad Michael Lohan for rapping: “I've seen n****s transform like villain Decepticons/ Mollies'll prolly turn these n****s to f*****g Lindsay Lohan/A bunch of rich a** white girls looking for parties/Playing with Barbies, wreck the Porsche before you give em the car key.”
According to Radar Online, Papa Lohan called Lamar an “idiot” and a “moron,” stating ““I don’t know who this guy is. I‘ve never heard of him. That says enough about what his opinion is.”
Lamar also added Phil Jackson to his name-dropping verse, rapping “"Who the f*** y’all thought it’s supposed to be?/If Phil Jackson came back, still no coachin’ me/I’m uncoachable, I’m unsociable."
According to TMZ, Jackson tweeted “@kendricklamar it’s okay to be cocky and sure, but we all need somebody to lean on. Let’s just call it mentoring."
Most fans are hoping for a J. Cole response, since Kendrick Lamar is featured on Cole's "Forbidden Fruit" on the "Born Sinner" album.
Lamar's album “good kid, M.A.A.D. city” released in October 2012, went platinum last month. MTV named Lamar “Hottest MC” earlier this year, and he took home a 2013 ASCAP Vanguard Award, as well as two BET Awards in June for “Best New Artist” and “Best Hip Hop Male Artist.”