The Internet is blazing with chatter instigated by Kendrick Lamar‘s featured verse on Big Sean‘s “Control”, a track left off of the up coming Hall of Fame release. The extended and calculated diatribe from Kendrick is the latest chapter in an ongoing saga that was started with his entrance to the mix tape circuit and legitimized with “Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City,” where he systematically asserts his dominance over the game by beating the competition (and his compatriots) into submission.
Kendrick is never short on his words, and its clear on “Control” that he’s leaving little room for misinterpretation. The young man from Compton has claimed kingship of New York, is telling up-and-comers to take a seat, and letting everyone else know it’s time to step up or get put down–and this includes the artists co-features on the track Big Sean and Jay Electronica, as well as A$AP Rocky and Drake.
“I got love for you all but I’m tryna murder you niggas / Tryna make sure your core fans never heard of you niggas / They don’t wanna hear not one more noun or verb out of you niggas,” is testament to his intentions — it’s less of a threat and more a claim to ascendancy. If there was an argument to be had against the kid, it’s about time to put it to sleep.
Check out the full track and transcript below.