You have to respect honesty.

After Big Sean’s “Control” bonus track basically blew up the internet over the past 24 hours, he took the time to sit down with VIBE to break down all the madness behind the song and explain why the track didn’t make the album’s final cut.

When asked about hearing Kendrick’s verse and the temptation of changing his verse, Big Sean responded:

“I knew what it was for the culture of hip-hop. You see how excited people are, and 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.

When I heard that verse I wasn’t about to go back and change my verse—that’s cheating. That ain’t the way of an O.G. That ain’t how G’s move. I wanted to [release the song] for the culture of hip-hop as opposed to myself

I ain’t no hoe ass n*gga like that to hear a verse like that and be like ‘I gotta go back and [rewrite] my shit, I gotta go protect myself.’ Nah, it is what it is. I’m a good ass rapper.

I just want people to remember I had the song, I knew what it was. No, I didn’t change my verse because I’m not a hoe ass n*ggaa. I’m a real ass n*gga from Detroit. I rep for everything that I do. I knew what it was going to do for hip-hop. I knew what it was going to do for the culture. This is the most exciting rap song to drop this year this year. Period. “

Big Sean’s sophomore album, Hall Of Fame, hits store shelves August 27. Also, check out Big Sean’s critical Funkmaster Flex freestyle down under.

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