Finally: Kendrick Lamar Speaks Out On ‘Control’ Verse [Audio]

Rucuss staffAugust 29, 2013

Kendrick Lamar caused a firestorm with his verse on Big Sean’s Control.

The Compton rapper’s disses inspired many response songs  from many rappers and have enthralled fans thirsty for the kinds of MC battles that dominated hip hop a decade ago. Rappers have taken sides and fans have done the same on social media.

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Now, finally Lamar opens up for the first time about his explosive lyrics, which called out nearly a dozen of his peers, from Drake to J. Cole. In an interview with Power 106’s Big Boy’s Neighborhood, Lamar addresses the explosive track.

Kendrick, who called out J. Cole, Wale, Drake, Meek Mill, and Mac Miller on the Hall of Fame leftover, claims he was shocked by the reactions. The song had fiery responses from MCs including Joell Ortiz, Papoose, B.o.B, and Cassidy.

“Honestly I didn’t know there would be so much speculation behind it,” Lamar said. “I just wanted to rap. Anybody that knows me doing music, I wanna just rap.”

He also proclaimed himself the “king of New York,” which rubbed some rappers the wrong way. “I think that’s the case right there of maybe I just dumbed down my lyrics just a little bit,” he said.

But he didn’t mean it literally. He had a conversation with some of hip-hop’s elite, who weren’t offended by his verse.

“The irony of that line is the people that actually understood it and got it, was the actual kings of New York,” explained K-Dot. “You know, me sitting 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 a mark as great as Biggie, as great as ‘Pac.”

Listen to Lamar’s interview below.

Listen to Control below.

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