Big Sean Says That Kendrick Lamar's "Control" Verse Is What Hip-Hop Needed
Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.02.2013
He knew it would get big...
In an interview with NME, Big Sean said that Kendrick Lamar's verse on his song "Control (HOF)" is "just what hip-hop needed". The song premiered on August 12. On the verse, Lamar calls himself the King of New York and (with Jay Z, Nas, Eminem and Andre 3000) one of the greatest MCs of all time. HE then said he would "murder" his competition.
While in Detroit for the DTE Energy Music Theater (where he was joined by Drake and Nicki Minaj), he was asked if he thought the song would get as much attention as it has. He said: "Yes, that's why I put it out! I think his verse was awesome! I respect Kendrick for that, that's my homie! It's definitely a sport, we all are doing it to be the best, just like he think's he's the best, I think I'm the best and Drake thinks he's the best and Jay-Z thinks he's the best and Kanye thinks he's the best. Everybody thinks they're the best at what they're doing and we do it to be the best."
He said he wasn't in the studio with Lamar when he recorded the song and was shocked when he first heard it. The track has him threatening to "murder" Sean and others.
He added: "At first I was like 'what the fuck' and then I really listened to what he was saying, and he honestly wasn't dissing, he was just saying that he's trying to be better than everybody, just like I feel. I say the same thing just in a different way. It's all respectful and it's tight that we can have that type of spirit and it not be violent like how Biggie and [Tu]Pac was."
Lamar recently said to Los Angeles radio station Power 106 that he didn't know how much controversy the verse would cause. He said: "I didn't know there would be so much speculation, I just want to rap. I think it's a case of maybe I should dumb down my lyrics just a little bit."