You Heard It? The Kendrick Lamar Verse on Control

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All you have to say is the “Kendrick Lamar verse” and your fellow brethren will know exactly what you speak of. Over the last 24 hours, Kendrick’s verse on Big Sean’s song ‘Control’ has made its rounds on Twitter and every other social media platform. The verse was hot because it embodies exactly what Hip-Hop always was at the core- a competition. Here you have an LA rapper calling himself the ‘King of New York’(KONY) and calling out fellow rappers to respond:

“I’m usually homeboys with the same n*ggas I’m rhymin’ wit, but this is hip-hop and them n*ggas should know what time it is. And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big Krit, Wale, Pusha T, Meek Mill, ASAP Rocky, Drake. Big Sean, Jay Electron, Tyler, Mac Miller, I got love for you all but I’m tryna murder you n*ggas. Tryin make your core fans never heard of you n*ggas, they don’t want to hear one more noun or verb from you n*ggas.”

You can hear hip-hop heads discussing the impact of his bars on Twitter with hastags such as #twitpicyourreactionafterhearingkendricksverse and #RappersKendrickDidntMention, not to mention the slew of artists in the #TT who we await responses from. Lyrically it wasn’t the best we’ve heard, but it was the first verse we’ve heard in years that offered a direct challenge. Hopefully, rappers respond and this doesn’t just blow over.

Either way, we’re all listening and watching. Listen to Kendrick’s verse here

I Don’t Just Blog, Motherf*cka I Sell ‘Em. *Kendrick Lamar voice*

TheSUNK.com or the Sh!t U Need 2 Know is a blog based on the explicit discussion of sex, relationships, and social commentary. “It’s Where Your Bedroom Voice is Welcomed…” TheSUNK’s author is a native of Chicago and a current Howard University student. 

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  • http://www.singleblackmale.org/author/wisdomismisery/ WisdomIsMisery

    Still funny… http://twitpic.com/d809hz Lupe was in his feeling all night lol

    • langwichartz

      Lol, he was and I'm so disappointed in him!

  • payne well

    Kendrick is bring back real life competition to the game. Too many rappers are singing about B.S. He's trying to bring rap back to when it was about your bars, your lyrical content, and your skill. Not how much money, h*es and swag. I applaud him and I hope those in the game, take notice and bring their top shiggedy.
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  • Smilez_920

    Situations like this one is why I love Twitter lol. Kendrick is dope. The verse has done a few things.
    1) idk how many of you have seen Manio’s tweets but he’s been dropping some facts about the state of hip-hop in New York and how we don’t really support our own (minus Hov). Instead of letting our (NY) sound evolve a lot of the popular NY rappers we know have taken sounds from other regions or became a part of other movements.
    2) He’s encouraging his friends to do better lol. While we don’t want hip hop to go back to the days of notorious beefs, a little competition never hurt anyone. All the rappers that these “new rappers” idolize have battled or stepped up to the “competition” in some way shape or form.

  • High_Five_Ghost

    Turns out, there is little market for rhyme ability. Only the old and niche appreciate J. Cole’s last album. The rest of the population only wants the next club smash by another one and done artist. Sure, every now and then an “Earl Sweatshirt” or “Skyzoo” will emerge, but there are not nearly enough in the market to spark lyrical change.
    Why should there be any change anyway. We sound old. I contend that Hip Hop is better now anyway. Hip hop shouldn’t have rules, not even the ones about being a good rapper. What Hip Hop does for me now is what it couldn’t do in the 90s and that is gives me something for EVERY mood I might be in. In a course of a day, I go through all of em. Somedays I wanna kill someone, love my momma, call a girl a hoe, get all introspective and cook some dope in my kitchen (via OJ Da Juiceman). “Yeezus” was a Hip Hop album and “Lil B” doesn’t rhyme half of his verses and his classic album was entitled “I’m Gay”. Lyrics are good, but expanding what the genre means is even better. Go Hip Hop!

  • uNk

    Ppl been only checking for hip hop that caters to BS cuz thats whats been deemed "hot." Hopefully Kdots verse not only makes current rappers step up their lyrics, but also trickles down into future generations. People will be checking for lyrical ability now, and i just hope the hype keeps going. The 2nd renaissance of hip hop, we waiting for you lol

  • Peter Parker

    Co-sign. The verse was needed and now I hope these cats will began to actually start back rhyming like they did in the 80s and 90. Rappers have really gotten lazy these days. I will tell you this, Joel Ortiz response was CRAZY!!! Shout-Out to SlaughterHouse. Dope MCs

  • lashanda sweeting

    real people do real things

  • http://whatyouallow.com/ Wildflower

    I love Kendrick Lamar.. well not love but I happen to love Poetic Justice. I think it was a brave thing to do and kudos to him for being bold. I just hope this doesn't destroy him.
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    • cynicaloptmst81

      It won't, lol. Its a challege…and real MCs will interpret it as such…

      • Peter Parker

        Yup…Pretty Much

  • DeKeLa

    As a NY Hip Hop fan… all I can say is thank you to the Gods of Rap. And I pray everyone he mentioned is in their feelings about that verse.

    Amen.

  • MaggK

    "Get your bars up"
    I feel bad for Big Sean though… He got mentioned on his own song… LOL!

  • langwichartz

    This is great for the game, I just hope it doesn't turn to violence, you know those sensitive thugs that all need hugs!