It speaks towards Kendrick’s murking of the rap industry that nobody even bothered talking about Hip-Hop hermit Jay Electronica’s bars on “Control.” Any other song, and Elec’s name would be a pretty major draw, attracting fans and skeptics alike to see what the notorious recluse was bringing to the mic.
“A month or two ago, Big Sean asked me to be on this record with him for his album. He had a demo hook on it at the time. I did my verse and sent it back… I found out a couple days before it was released that Kendrick had put a verse on it.”
He would go on to speak highly of the track, noting, like so many others, how good it was for Hip-Hop.
Still, the cruel irony is so thick, you could cut it with an Exhibit C EP. Like Big Sean, Electronica more than held his own over the No I.D. beat: “You could check my name on the books/I Earth, Wind, and Fire’d the verse, then rained on the hook/The legend of Dorothy Flowers proclaimed from the roof/The tale of magnificent king who came from the nooks.” The kind of lyrics that would have his fans clamoring for a resurrection under any other circumstances, it’s hard to find many people who give a damn about the last third of the track. At least from where I’m sitting; feel free to disagree.
So it goes for Jay Electronica. *Insert obligatory comment about how maybe this signals a sign of better things to come*