Big Sean – ‘Control (HOF)’ (Feat. Kendrick Lamar & Jay Electronica)
The seven-minute track is produced by No I.D., who laces the three rappers with a wailing vocal sample with heavy drums. It's the perfect instrumental for a cypher of epic proportions, and all three emcees come through to the best of their abilities. Sean tackles the beat with a double-time flow as he talks about Detroit, his family, and relationships.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Jay Electronica anchors the song by tapping into his metaphorical understanding of the world. Jay Elec drops gems such as, "The eyelash is like umbrellas when it rain from the heart/And the tissue is like an angel kissing you in the dark." This will certainly be one of the most slept-on verses of 2013.
It will be slept on, of course, because of what Kendrick Lamar did in the middle verse. To say that K. Dot killed his peers on this track would be a gross understatement. Taking no prisoners, the Compton native declared himself "the King of New York" before informally declaring himself amongst the best emcees between himself "Jigga, Nas, Andre 3000, and Eminem." "The rest of y'all new ni--as are just new n--as" Kendrick declared boldly, before name-dropping the rest of the competition and challenging them to top him.
Kendrick has had numerous show-stealing feature verses, but this one might be the best of them all.
The song is creating a Twitter maelstrom at this point. Reactions have come far and wide, with everyone from Joey Bada$$ to Kevin Durant chiming in. Read some of the tweets below.