By the end of yesterday, I was thrilled but exhausted. A normal Tuesday tends to be a busy day in music but yesterday wasn’t anywhere near normal for reasons out of everyone’s “Control.” What started on late Monday night with the release of Big Sean’s Hall Of Fame leftover culminated in everyone in rap – artists, media, fans and even people who’d given up on rap – amped up and having intense discussions. And by the end of the day, I was beat.
So I didn’t get to watch this interview by Mikey Fresh where he sits down for six-minute chat with one of the key figures in yesterday’s action, Sean himself. For those unable to watch the video now, the Cliff Notes read as follows:
— Sean had his verse first, then the track was sent to Kendrick and Jay Elec. When Sean heard Kendrick’s verse, he “was cracking up.”
— He didn’t have the song for long and wasn’t holding it back. However, it came down to pushing his album back to create more time to fix sample issues or leave the song off. He left it off, but knew he couldn’t hold it back from fans.
— He understood the importance of the song. “I knew what it was from the culture of Hip-Hop…It gave me the feeling of how Hip-Hop was, how it used to be.” Sean was well aware that the people want “that namedropping.”
— “I ain’t no hoe ass ni**a like that to hear a verse like that and be like ‘I gotta go back and [rewrite] my shit, I gotta go protect myself.’ Nah, it is what it is. I’m a good ass rapper….Listen to ‘Control.’ I think my verse was harder.”
— “I haven’t seen people this excited over a Hip-Hop song.”
True indeed in response to that last quote.
Not only does Kendrick deserve credit, but Sean also deserves his share, too. He just created this generation’s a “Renegade” moment, a cultural landmark if you will. Nobody with an Internet connection will forget August 13. The date won’t stand as an ill reminder like March 9; it’s a positive one. And when the barbershop debate pops up five years from now, the Detroit player’s name will be included in that discussion.
Sean’s handled his whole up and down ride of a career with a humble modesty. Personally, when I stepped back and looked at yesterday, I had a proud moment for this guy because coming from making his initial mark in 2007, then sitting on the sidelines waiting his turn to yesterday, he’s made the most out of every opportunity given to him and then some.
For the record, I’m glad he didn’t bitch up and change his verse. Given the way he’s carried himself throughout, I wouldn’t have expected him to anyway.