When Kendrick Lamar dropped his verse on Big Sean’s song “Control” he had to know there was some back lash. When the song was finally released it did just that. New York rappers everywhere were shocked to here the Compton, California based rapper proclaim himself the king of New York. It led into furious and funny Twitter responses as well as a plethora of diss tracks.
Kendrick Lamar was over seas when the song was released and wasn’t immediately aware of the energy and buzz around the verse.
“It took a couple of days.” Kendrick said. “I was in the U.K. for a second. You can’t really feel the energy out there like it be up in the States. I realized when I got some real good internet service at the particular moment and I saw a bunch of response records and I knew, for a fact, that it inspired a few cats to get out there and do their thing.”
He says that they took the “King of New York” kine out of context and that maybe he needs to dumb down his lyrics.
“It made me wanna go back in and made me feel like I got to probably dumb down my lyrics nowadays, for the people to take ["the King Of New York" line] way out of context the way they did.” Kendrick told Hot 97. “The irony behind it all is that the main heads that really understood the context of the line, were the actual Kings of New York… There is an understanding that it’s not about the coast, its not about what side we on, it’s about being great like Biggie and ‘Pac, the two cats that I reference from jump.”