CRUISE CONTROL! A Look Back At How Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” Verse Controlled Hip-Hop In 2013 (LIST)

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    Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” verse has been the most talked about verse in hip-hop.

    Due to clearance issues, Big Sean was unable to put the gritty hip-hop track on his sophomore album Hall of Fame, so the “10 2 10″ rapper exclusively premiered “Control” on Hot 97′s Funkmaster Flex show.

    On the No I.D.-produced track, Kendrick Lamar raps for 3-minutes, taking aim at his fellow colleagues and some artists he called his friends. But that wasn’t the only reason his verse caused chaos in the hip-hop community. Inspired by Cali rapper Kurupt’s “New York New York,” Kendrick also claimed the title of the “King of New York” – due to New York City’s lackadaisical role in hip-hop over the past few years.

    Many rappers who were name-checked shrugged off the fiery lyrics and charged it to being “part of the game,” while other artists who weren’t mentioned took offense to Kendrick’s bold statement. Over the past few months, dozens of relevant and irrelevant rappers and members of the NBA community weighed in on Kendrick’s controversial verse, and we’ve rounded them all up for your viewing pleasure.

    Check out how Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” verse became the most talked about verse in hip-hop and all of the responses it garnered below.

    Big Sean premieres the “Control” verse on Hot 97′s Funk Flex show on August 12, 2013. 

    Kendrick’s entire “Control” verse:

    Tell Flex to drop a bomb on this shit
    So many bombs, ring the alarm like Vietnam in this shit
    So many bombs, make Farrakhan think Saddam in this bitch
    One at a time, I line ‘em up and bomb on they mom while she watchin’ the kids
    I’m in a destruction mode if the gold exists
    I’m important like the pope, I’m a Muslim on pork
    I’m Makaveli’s offspring, I’m the king of New York
    King of the Coast, one hand, I juggle them both
    The juggernaut’s all in your jugular, you take me for jokes
    Live in the basement, church pews and funeral faces
    Cartier bracelets for my women friends, I’m in Vegas
    Who the fuck y’all thought it’s supposed to be?
    If Phil Jackson came back, still no coachin’ me
    I’m un-coachable, I’m unsociable Fuck y’all clubs,
    Fuck y’all pictures, your Instagram can gobble these nuts
    Gobble dick up ’til you hiccup, my big homie Kurupt
    This the same flow that put the rap game on a crutch
    I’ve seen niggas transform like villain Decepticons
    Molly’s a prolly turn these niggas to fuckin’ Lindsay Lohan
    A bunch of rich ass white girls lookin’ for parties
    Playin with Barbies, wreck the Porsche before you give ‘em the car key
    Judge me ’til the monarchy, blessings to Paul McCartney
    You called me a black Beetle, I’m either that or a Marley
    (I don’t smoke crack motherfucker I sell it)
    I’m dressed in all black, this is not for the fan of Elvis
    I’m aimin’ straight for your pelvis, you can’t stomach me
    You plan on stumpin’ me? Bitch I’ve been jumped before you put a gun on me
    Bitch I put one on yours, I’m Sean Connery
    James Bonding with none of you niggas, climbing 100 mil in front of me
    And I’m gon get it even if you’re in the way
    And if you’re in it, better run for pete’s sake
    I heard the barbershops be in great debates all the time
    Bout who’s the best MC? Kendrick, Jigga and Nas
    Eminem, Andre 3000, the rest of yall?
    New niggas just new niggas, don’t get involved
    And I ain’t rockin no more designer shit
    White T’s and Nike Cortez, this is red Corvettes anonymous
    I’m usually homeboys with the same niggas I’m rhymin wit
    But this is hip hop and them niggas should know what time it is
    And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big KRIT, Wale
    Pusha T, Meek Mills, A$AP Rocky, Drake
    Big Sean, Jay electron’, Tyler, Mac Miller
    I got love for you all but I’m tryna murder you niggas
    Tryna make sure your core fans never heard of you niggas
    They dont wanna hear not one more noun or verb from you niggas
    What is competition? I’m tryna raise the bar high
    Who tryna jump and get it? You all better off tryna skydive
    Out the exit window of 5 G5’s with 5 grand
    With your granddad as the pilot he drunk as fuck tryna land
    With the hand full of arthritis and popping prosthetic leg
    Bumpin Pac in the cockpit so the shit that pops in his head
    Is an option of violence, someone heard the stewardess said
    That your parachute is a latex condom hooked to a dread


    Slaughterhouse rapper Joell Ortiz responds to Kendrick’s “King Of New York” line:

    “Maybe that’s why you left me outta that shit/maybe that’s why the slaughterhouse ain’t get dissed/ or maybe I’m not on your on your radar/ you feel like you ain’t gotta acknowledge my clique/ either way I personal train this b, you gotta get ripped/  rich rappers cant respond with all the dollars you get, gangster rappers can’t retaliate with hollows and clips/you fashion rappers wear the kind of  jeans that hardly can zip/ so zip it I got this shit, real hip-hop in this bitch.”


    Legendary NBA Coach Phil Jackson responds to Kendrick’s name check: 

    “Who the fuck y’all thought it’s supposed to be?
    If Phil Jackson came back, still no coachin’ me
    I’m un-coachable, I’m unsociable, Fuck y’all clubs”

    Phil Jackson Kendrick Response

    Comedian Kevin Hart’s rapping alter ego Chocolate Droppa responds with this hilarious video:


    Atlanta rapper B.o.B. responds with “How 2 Rap.” 

    “I hear underrated so much, you would swear it was my name/ Ain’t no rappers on my list/ Come holler at me when you’re done riding each other’s dick/ 25 millions singles worldwide/ I guess I’ll take another hit/ Matter fact I find this rap shit boring/ Man, I’m over it.” 

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    Lupe Fiasco responds to Kendrick with “SLR 2 (Kendrick Lamar Response).”

    “The only opposition is new shit/these new n*ggas rapping like they two, then they acting like they you/ man, that’s whewww shit/ what happened to the game / n*ggas think they japping cause like rapping like they Wayne / rapping like they Chainz/ I ain’t matching them and platinum, but I’m rapping like I’m flames/ Like smackin’ them in the back of him and my antonyms is on ‘cain/ And my heroin is on metaphors and my metaphors is on brains.”


    Philly rapper Cassidy responds to Kendrick. 


    Bad Boy rapper King Los responds to Kendrick’s “Control” verse, but takes a different approach.


    Underground rapper Ransom responds to Kendrick. 


    NY Knicks player Iman Shumpert responds to Kendrick:

    Papoose Summer Jam

    Papoose responds to Kendrick:

    “Kendrick, Kanye and Drake they act feminine/ Wear a lot of clothes you usually see women in,” he spits before theorizing: “You only blew up ’cause you contribute to the feminization of the black man.


    Joe Budden releases “Lost Control (Kendrick Lamar Response):” 

    Big Sean and Nas

    Nas responds to Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” verse at Hennessy Art Event: 

    “My reaction is “wow.” I love hip-hop right now.”

    A$AP Rocky funkmaster flex

    A$AP Rocky responds to Kendrick’s “King Of NY” line:

    “I feel like that King Of New York sh*t…you smoking crack…you crazy.”

    Moet Rose Lounge Presents Nas' Life Is Good

    No I.D. says Big Sean’s “Control” beat was meant for Jay Z:

    “I told him I felt like he needed to do some straight, hardcore Hip Hop records. Sometimes we focus so much on selling records that we leave some artistic points uncovered…I had this beat.  I had actually done it for Jay, right before I let Sean hear it. I said, ‘You should take this beat. I think it would be great for you to show up on one of these beats. Forget money. Forget everything.’”


    Jay Electronica says he wanted Big Sean’s “Control” for his album: 

    “It was me and Big Sean, we had verses on there. And when he told me it wasn’t on his album, I was gonna use it for my album…then he told me, before the day it came out Kendrick put a verse on it, he gonna put it out.”

    Kendrick Lamar

    Kendrick Lamar responds to “Control” controversy for the first time:

    “I think that’s a case where I maybe had to dumb down my lyrics just a little bit. The irony of that line is that the people that actually understood it and got it was the actual kings of New York. We’ve been down with them this past week, and them understanding that it’s not about actually being the King of whatever coast, it’s about leaving the mark as great as Biggie as great as Pac.”

    Drake Worst Behaviour Video

    Drake responds to Kendrick’s verse during an interview with Billboard: 

    “I didn’t really have anything to say about it. It just sounded like an ambitious thought to me. That’s all it was. I know good and well that Kendrick’s not murdering me, at all, in any platform. So when that day presents itself, I guess we can revisit the topic.”


    Meek Mill releases “Ooh Kill ‘Em” Freestyle, which mentioned Kendrick’s “Control” verse:

    kendrick lamar

    Kendrick Lamar responds to Meek Mill’s “Ooh Kill ‘Em” Freestyle: 

    “I been doing this sh*t for years…I mastered this sh*t. I have no time for irrelevant n*ggas or new n*ggas. There’s one n*gga in particular that needs to realize that there’s ‘levels’ to this sh*t. I’m motherf*cking king Kendrick!”

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    Nelly says Kendrick Lamar’s verse didn’t “shake up” hip-hop:

    “I wouldn’t say Kendrick shook up hip-hop. He did his thing, but I don’t think it was a shake up. We’ve had Tupac and Biggie killings – that’s a shake up. East Coast, West Coast war – that’s a shake up. Somebody spittin’ a hot 16 or a hot 24 – and it was dope – I don’t think that’s a shake up.”

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    Russell Simmons discusses the impact of Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” verse: 

    “Rappers are always competitive. That was a very good line, that was a stomach punch to everybody…There’s a lot of dope artists… I wouldn’t call him the King of NY just yet.”

    New York premiere of 'The Family'

    50 Cent speaks on Kendrick Lamar’s verse:

    “He’s saying there’s no ‘kumbaya my lord,’ where everybody is not sitting by the campfire being friends. The competitive energy, that’s necessary for hip-hop. That’s what it is,” he continues. “We can smile and take pictures, but then you know that the next presentation the person’s gearing up for is supposed to shake everything. If yours ain’t right, bye bye.”

    J. Cole

    J. Cole’s initial reaction to Kendrick’s verse:

    “That’s rap, man. That’s rap music. That’s a part of the game. It’s natural. It’s fine.”

    J. Cole went on to address Kendrick with 16 bars on Justin Timberlake’s “TKO (Black Friday Remix):”

    “Everybody and they mama gassed/ Even my mama asked what I’ma do/ Decisions, decisions/ In case this is war then I’ll load up on all ammunition/ If a ni**a want problems my trigger’s on auto/ I’ll make sure that nobody miss ‘em”

    Nicki Minaj Instagram

    Nicki Minaj responds to Kendrick leaving her off his “Control” name-checks:

    “I’m probably in the top five of the niggas he did mention, so go and do your motherfucking research. But, I also feel like he maybe one of those respectful gentlemen that probably felt like ‘I don’t want to say a female’s name.’ Or maybe he just don’t think the kid is ill. But the kid knows the kid is ill, so I don’t need to be on anybody’s dick.”

    “I’m the queen of New York. I’m the king of New York. Let me tell you why. Platinum albums. Albums plural. Number one in five motherfucking countries, nigga. Don’t play with me. You better respect my motherfucking gangsta, bitch. When you got an album that goes number one in Japan, the UK, Australia, America and Canada at the same motherfucking time, then you can speak my motherfucking name.”

    Eminem Zane Lowe Interview

    Eminem discusses Kendrick Lamar’s verse:

    “It’s hard to say because he fucking destroyed that verse, but it’s fucked up because everyone tells you what he did before you get a chance to hear it. My initial reaction was “Holy shit” and then it was “Wow, that was smart as fuck.” He did it in such a smart way. You really can’t get mad because he’s saying what every MC is thinking or should be thinking. You know what I’m saying? ‘I want to destroy the competition. I want to fucking kill everybody.’”

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