Kendrick Lamar chatted with Hot 97 Thursday morning about the hoopla surrounding his show-stealing verse on Big Sean’s “Control.” Find out what he thinks about the controversy, his rap relationships, who had his favorite response (spoiler alert: Los) and more.
On whether the verse ruined his rap relationship with names mentioned:
“I ain’t hear from nobody but I wasn’t worried for the fact it would effect relationships. At the end of the day, if you listen to the line, these are cats, that, I feel that can inspire the game. And they inspire to be the best just like how I feel. I inspire to be the best. If they’re competitive and respect the culture of Hip Hop, I don’t feel like there should be any type of ill feel towards it.”
On the controversial king of New York line:
“The irony behind it all is that the main heads that really understood the context of the line was actual kings of New York. The cats that I’ve sat down with this past week. And dudes got an understanding that it’s not about the culture. It’s not about what side we on. It’s about being great as Biggie. As Pac. Two cats that I referenced from jump. I feel like I’m a student of the work that they did. When I put down 20 years in the game, I can eventually plant my foot and have that same type of legacy.”
On Jay Z liking the verse:
“It was all love and respect. Same way with Diddy. And the same way with a few other cats.”
On Papoose’s response:
“I thought it was comical. Had me laughing. But not only that but I respect the game. When opportunity presents itself, you gotta make a way for yourself. That was the perfect opportunity to make a response and get that buzz.”
On his favorite response:
“Los was flipping his words. Putting that funk on it. I think he had the killer thing though. Los killed it outta everybody.”
And with that interview, the doors have been bolted shut and the windows have been boarded up. F*ck it, the whole house has been burned down. NO MORE RESPONSES!