The wait is over, Kendrick Lamar’s Cypher freestyle was aired tonight. For those who don’t know, at the BET Hip Hop Awards they air segments called “Cyphers.” In these Cyphers, rappers freestyle verses over a beat. Usually they’re done in groups. One year there was a Shady Records Cypher, or a YMCMB Cypher. Kendrick Lamar and his TDE pals had their own Cypher segment.
He picked up right where he left off with the Control verse. He threw some subtle stabs at other rappers and ended it with a “King Kendrick.” It was an obvious reference to his King of New York claims from the Control verse.
Here our some of our favorite lyrics from his Control verse:
“I’m the master that masturbated on ya favorite MC
’Til the industry had wanted me assassinated”
“And nothing’s been the same since they dropped Control
And tucked a sensitive rapper back in his pajama clothes
HA HA, jokes on you.
Hi-Five, I’m bullet proof
Ya s***’ll never penetrate
Pin a tail on a donkey boy, ya been a fake”
“I got my thumb on Hip Hop
And my foot in the back of yo a**
Aftermath get the last laugh”
“Immaculate tactics so follow me
If you need me just call on me
I say “Hold up wait a minute”
Your career ain’t s**t less you got some Kendrick in it”
“Family jewels big as f**k and I got the balls to say it
bars still fallin’ out and I got ‘til Sparta need a replacement”
A different version: