The hip-hop world is still reeling from Monday night's release of "Control," a Big Sean track featuring Kendrick Lamar and Jay Electronica. The song, originally intended for Big Sean's Hall of Fame
album but scrapped over sample clearance issues, includes a hugely controversial verse in which Kendrick Lamar proclaims himself the "King of New York" and insists he's "tryna murder" a bunch of the top MCs in the industry — namely J. Cole, Big KRIT, Wale, Pusha T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake, Big Sean, Jay Electronica, Tyler the Creator, and Mac Miller.
It's not all that shocking a verse, really, and is more complimentary than Internet reactions would have you think. Essentially Lamar is just saying it's his mission to be the best in the game. It could even be considered an invitation to meet him at his level — a challenge that has already drawn some interesting reactions from his contemporaries... the ones he didn't name, mostly.
On Tuesday, B.o.B. posted "How 2 Rap," which includes the lines, "I hear underrated so much, you would swear it was my name / Ain't no rappers on my list / Come holler at me when you're done riding each other's d**k / 25 million singles worldwide / I guess I'll take another hit / Matter fact I find this rap sh**t boring / Man, I'm over it."
Lupe Fiasco, who was also not mentioned in the verse, issued "SLR 2," which includes the lines "I love Jay, that's my n**ga / I feel sicker than a cruise ship / I ain't competition, I don't move s**t / The only opposition is this new s**t." Fiasco seems to be addressing Lamar's "King of New York" proclamation — a title that most rappers would argue currently belongs to Jay Z.
Sean "Diddy" Combs posted the following picture to Instagram:
Meanwhile, Wale and Pusha T seemed content.
The angriest reaction by far came from Michael Lohan, who was less than pleased that Lamar had name dropped his daughter Lindsay in the line, "Mollies'll prolly turn these n***as to f**king Lindsay lohan / a bunch of rich ass white girls looking for parties."
"He's an idiot," Michael told RadarOnline,
calling the rap "senseless." He added, "I don't know who this guy is. I've never heard of him. That says enough about what his opinion is ... He wishes he was in as good of a place as Lindsay."