by Shawn Setaro, Rap Genius, theGrio
This week will be remembered as “the time Kendrick Lamar broke the Internet.” His verse on Big Sean’s “Control” took no prisoners and named names, with K. Dot proclaiming himself the “King of New York,” much to the consternation of the rappers who are actually from there.
A ton of performers, from NYC and otherwise, responded, and we listened to all of them (so you don’t have to). Below, the best “Control”-related lines of the week.
5. ”This ni**a Drake nice on the mic and act/So many hits, he f**ked around and brought light skin back/And Big Sean you did it, no you really did it, no bullsh*tting/You putting the D on, I could see the future, no Warwick” — Los, ‘Control (Remix)’ lyrics
Brooklyn’s Joell Ortiz was perhaps the first to respond to “Control,” and among the best. Here, he pokes fun at the rappers who don’t step up to Kendrick’s challenge, with a funny-’cause-it’s-true list of the reasons they refuse.
3. ”It’s hard being a Lupe fan, go to Harvard to be a Lupe stan/I ain’t saying that I’m harder, it’s just harder when it’s in Lupe’s hands” — Lupe Fiasco, ‘SLR 2′ lyrics
Lupe’s response was, as is his wont, a little more complex than just a dis. He questioned the need to respond at all, went crazy with the metaphors, and pushed out some of the most creative brags since…well…his own last mixtape. And he clears up any potential misinterpretation of the “hard” section on the outro — “Hold up, go back to the hard part/Would say pause, but I was talking ’bout my own balls,” he helpfully explains.
2. ”You the king of New York? Beg your pardon/The king of LA is dead and that ni**a from Harlem” — Mickey Factz, ‘South Park’ lyrics