Kendrick Lamar explains 'Control' verse

Posted Aug 28, 2013 by Layne Weiss
Recently, Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar spoke with LA radio station Power 106 about his verse on Detroit rapper Big Sean's "Control."
Kendrick Lamar  is an American hip hop recording artist
Kendrick Lamar, is an American hip hop recording artist
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"Honestly, I didn't know it would be so much speculation behind it," Kendrick said in the interview. "I just wanted to rap. If anybody knows me doing music, I just wanna rap."
Kendrick rapped on the verse that he was trying to "murders" rappers like one of his best friends, J. Cole, Drake, Big Sean, and many others. He also referred to himself as a descendant of Tupac Shakur, HipHopDX reports.
"I'm Makavelli's offspring," The Black Hippy artist raps on "Control." This is likely a reference to Pac's 1996 release "Makavelli , The Don Killuminati (The 7 Day Theory)."
The controversial verse has sparked responses from rappers such as Papoose, Cassidy, and Joell Ortiz and Joe Budden of Slaughterhouse, among many more.
It seems the lyric that struck the biggest chord is when Kendrick rapped "I'm the king of New York, king of the Coast, one hand, I juggle them both."
Queens rapper Nas who has often been called the "King of New York" commented recently on the "King of New York line" simply saying "Wow. My reaction is wow. I love hiphop right now." It didn't even bother him, and yet it bothered so many others.
As far as what Kendrick meant, Nas didn't even want to speculate. "You gotta ask Kendrick what he meant," Nas said. "I'm a listener."
During the interview with Power 106, Kendrick said the lyric was misrepresented, and gave an explanation.
"The irony of that line is that the people that actually understood it was the actual kings of New York," Kendrick Lamar said according to HipHopDX. "Me sitting down with them this past week and them understanding that it's not actually about being the king of whatever Coast. It's about leaving a mark as great as Biggie, as great as Pac."