Kendrick Lamar also known as K.dot is no doubt taking control of the hip-hop game.
The 26-year-old rapper’s verse on Big Sean’s single “Control,” which was released Tuesday, reminded fellow lyricists what the true nature of hip-hop is … competition.
Lamar’s lyrics, which begin at approximately three minutes into the song, include: “I’m usually homeboys with the same n—-s I’m rhyming with/ But this is hip-hop and them n—-s should know what time it is/ And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Wale/ Pusha T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake/ Big Sean, Jay Electron’, Tyler, Mac Miller/ I got love for you all but I’m tryna murder you n—-s/ Tryna make sure your core fans never heard of you n—-s/ They don’t wanna hear not one more noun or verb from you n—-s/ What is competition?”
His words sparked quite a reaction in the Twitterverse with fans and rappers alike stating their opinion.
“I hear u loud and clear my n—- … @kendricklamar,” rapper Pusha T tweeted shortly after the song’s release.
Even emcees who weren’t called out by Lamar had something to say.
“Any studios open yet?” Brooklyn-born rapper Fabolous tweeted shortly after 7 a.m. Tuesday.
Frank Micelotta/Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP
Kendrick Lamar’s verses had Twitter blazing, especially when the Compton, Calif. rapper boasted about being the King of New York, the birthplace of hip-hop.
Missy Elliot tweeted a thank you to Lamar for reminding rap artists “2 be Lyrical and have substance again.”
But what about the fact that the Compton, Calif. native also called himself the “King of New York” in the rap when he said: “I’m Makaveli’s offspring I’m the King of New York/ King of the coast/ One hand I juggle them both.”
“A Cali n—- just said he’s the King of NY & u n—-s so f—ing worried about your relationships, y’all make me sick,” New Jersey rapper Joe Budden wrote. “Where’s all NY!???!”
Lupe Fiasco wasn’t dazzled by Lamar’s words either and folded in a lyrical response in his tweet from his private account: “Y’all know y’all easily impressed. Bar so low you need a shovel to get at it.”
Despite any backlash the “Poetic Justice” rapper received, his fans certainly had his back.
“Kendrick aint diss nobody he was basically saying Everything is a competition ain’t no friends when you tryna get to the top,” one fan wrote.
Another tweeted: “Kendrick just reminded ya’ll that this is Hip Hop. A competition of words. No rap beef … just lyrical challenge. As it should be.”
Another Fan(Prince Bade Olagbegi) wrote: ”My dad would say every Prince has it behind his mind to be king but only one person can be crowned..Kendrick Lamar Crowned himself.#BOSS!
But Diddy arguably said it best when he simply tweeted: “KENDRICK!!!!! Ohhhh Sh********t”
I’m in a destruction mode if the gold exists.
I’m important like the pope, I’m a muslim on pork
I’m Makaveli’s offspring, I’m the king of New York
King of the Coast, one hand, I juggle them both
The juggernaut’s all in your jugular, you take me for jokes
Live in the basement, church pews and funeral faces
Cartier bracelets for my women friends I’m in Vegas
Who the fuck y’all thought it’s supposed to be?
If Phil Jackson came back, still no coachin’ me
I’m uncoachable, I’m unsociable. Fuck y’all clubs, fuck y’all pictures
Your Instagram can gobble these nuts
See his diss of other rappers and their reaction after the cut…
Kendrick also called out a few rappers…see the verse below..
I heard the barbershops be in great debates all the time
Bout who’s the best MC? Kendrick, Jigga and Nas
Eminem, Andre 3000, the rest of y’all
New niggas just new niggas, don’t get involved
And I ain’t rockin no more designer shit
White T’s and Nike Cortez, this is red Corvettes anonymous
I’m usually homeboys with the same niggas I’m rhymin’ wit
But this is hip hop and them niggas should know what time it is
And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big KRIT, Wale
Pusha T, Meek Millz, A$AP Rocky, Drake
Big Sean, Jay Electron’, Tyler, Mac Miller
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 dont wanna hear not one more noun or verb from you niggas
What is competition? I’m tryna raise the bar high
Who tryna jump and get it? You better off tryna skydive