The Internet is still talking about Big Sean's latest song, 'Control,' which featured both Kendrick Lamar and Jay Electronica.
While Sean and Electronica both had stellar verses, they were both overshadowed by Kendrick's no-frills approach to the middle verse of the track. Calling out all his peers, Kendrick also boldly claimed himself the "King of New York," in bravado reminiscent of the late Tupac Shakur.
Here is what Twitter had to say about 'Control,' with an emphasis placed on Kendrick's show-stealing verse.
A lot of u rap nikkkaz scared to speak your opinions fuck dot!!!
— oG $wank. (@joeyBADASS_) August 13, 2013
Never one to bite his tongue on social media, Joey offered his analysis of the big song, giving a brutally honest assessment of who he thought the weakest on the track was. That said, at this point nobody is interested in hearing Joey Bada$$'s music criticism; the time has come to rap, and not in the uninspired fashion he did when responding to Lil B earlier this year. If he's next up from New York City, he's going to need to prove it.
Pusha loves the opportunity to match up against the competition lyrically, and so Kendrick has offered him a perfect opportunity to go in. Expect a response soon. As for a possible release date for 'My Name Is My Name?' Good luck on that.
Kenny "The Jet" Smith is one of best basketball analysts right now. He's part of an award-winning show, Inside the NBA. But the Queens native clearly doesn't have what it takes to be a good rap critic. Comparing Kendrick Lamar to Canibus? Kenny should stick to trying to clowning around with Charles Barkley and Shaq.
Kendrick got an indirect cosign from Mr. "Top 5 Dead or Alive" himself. And judging from the tone of Jada's tweet, he's got something in the stash that he thinks will top that.
Call him Jay Electronica? F**k that apparently. In fairness to KD, Jay did call himself that on the verse, and even Big Sean bungled his name in tweets, referring to him as "Jay Electronics." While Kendrick's verse sparked everybody's competitive juices, Jay Elec dropped a mindblowing verse himself, his metaphorical imagery brilliant. No, the chances of us getting a long-awaited solo album are slim to none, but at least we have these guest verses to cherish.
Poor Trinidad James. Having just released a new mixtape, his first since 'All Gold Everything,' James has been forced to play second fiddle today thanks to all of the chatter surrounding Kendrick. Ever gracious, James has decided to take the fan approach, showing that he's been following K. Dot's career since the mixtape days. Unfortunately, that still won't likely get Kendrick to retweet his mixtape link.
This is a regal gesture, from one king to another. It's incredible to think that when Kendrick was first putting out his mixtapes, James had already made it to the NBA Finals once. The Compton native has come a long way.
Fabolous is known for his ability to take over another rapper's beats and dominate with his own punchlines just as much as he's known for his radio hits. Hopefully Loso managed to find his way to an open studio this morning; amazingly, he does not have a studio set up at home.
Piggybacking off of Kendrick's bars, Kweli echoes the challenge to all of his New York City peers who he feels are dropping the bar and switching up their styles to get attention from as many markets as possible. Meanwhile, Kweli's album, which features Nelly, is in stores now. Nothing more New York than getting Nelly on your record!
Having listened to 'Control,' Lupe Fiasco is not impressed with anything he heard, proving once again that Lupe lives in a world all by himself.
The hip-hop world has not forgiven Joe Budden for making a fool of himself on Love & Hip-Hop NY and for his last album, the subpar 'No Love Lost.' That said, if Joe can get his hands on this No I.D. instrumental, there is no doubt that the man will destroy the beat. Beneath the molly-popping and womanizing exterior is one of the best lyricists to ever step into the booth.
While Kendrick's main target was New York City, the South definitely had something to say, represented well by Big K.R.I.T. As K.R.I.T. has proven in the past, he can give Kendrick a run for his money at any given time; for those that have forgotten, just check out '1 Train.' K.R.I.T. was given that last verse for a reason.
People love Mac for his ability to make a joke at his own expense, which he was able to do yet again thanks to Kendrick's boastful lyrics. And while the Pittsburgh native cannot keep up with Kendrick on a track, he has certainly stepped up his bars, and currently has one of the best rap albums of the year.
Styles P keeps it thorough. How thorough? Just look at how he checked Joe Budden within minutes of the above tweet:
For the millions of people geeking over Kendrick's verse without the slightest clue of who Big Daddy Kane is, close this tab NOW. To everybody else, Kendrick included, this is a huge deal.
Could Action Bronson keep up with Kendrick head-to-head? Sure, his humor and personality shine in all of his music, and he is certainly a top-tier lyricist in the game. But this looks like the Queens native is offering up a white flag of surrender.
This was certainly a big moment in hip-hop, so we can understand why Just Blaze chose to break his music silence to gush over the record. Hopefully he gets the chance to make some more music with K.Dot soon, because 'Compton' was a banger.
Leave it to the seasoned veteran to offer a subdued response to the madness, saluting Kendrick on his brilliance while explaining one of his own verses.
So whatever happened to that 'Self Made Vol. 3' compilation project? What was supposed to have come out in August has now been shelved indefinitely. Meanwhile, 'Dreamchasers 3' is coming... eventually. As for whether Meek should respond to Kendrick's challenge, he has a diss record from Cyssero he needs to address.
It's not a surprise that people in Jay's camp have heard this record. After all, the track is produced by No I.D., a frequent collaborator with Jay. From that perspective, this tweet from Hip-Hop, Jay's right hand man and close friend of No I.D., makes sense. But what is said is incredible. By claiming that Kendrick's verse is the "most important" verse since 1981, Hip-Hop is implying that this verse from Kendrick is more important than any single verse Jay Z ever formulated in his entire rap career. Let that marinate for a moment.
Lost in the shuffle of Kendrick going at the new breed of emcees was his line where he referenced Phil Jackson and called himself un-coachable. Well, Phil certainly heard the line and decided to give Kendrick some friendly advice. Well who saw that coming?