16 Responses To Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” Verse Reviewed

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Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” verse was incendiary by design. By calling out his peers and claiming to be the “King Of New York,” he set off two different fires that are difficult to put out. On one hand you’ve got people who are angry that they were left off the list of names he rattled off over No I.D.’s instantly iconic beat. By choosing to name who he named, Kendrick was establishing his own contemporary lyrical rap canon, a group he considers his primary rivals and equals. In declaring himself “King Of New York,” he created an even bigger point of contention, signaling his dominance of a region he’s not even from. The biggest question on everyone’s mind this week was this: Who will respond?

While none of the heavy-weights named in the song have dropped songs or verses yet—though most made jokes or references to the song on social media—that hasn’t stopped a variety of rappers from taking on the challenge. From established stars like Lupe Fiasco to up and comers like Astro to NBA players, the song has reverberated throughout hip-hop, crossing regions and genres. Some of the responses were inspired, obviously feeding off Kendrick’s intensity and fire. Others were… less than inspiring.

To help you go through the various “Control” responses, we’ve sifted through them all and provided a rating for each on the classic S to XXL scale. So let’s take a look at 16 different attempts to dethrone Kendrick—and please, try to control yourself. – Compiled by Dan Jackson and Eric Diep

  • wat

    Whoever wrote this article in some shit lol. I agree with most of them being weak but Mickey’s wasn’t and Cass’ wasn’t THAT good.

  • Jim

    Lupe’s one was Incredible

    • FLYnn

      I guess if you speak German and can stay focused

  • izzy

    dumb asses , he’s making fun of rappers flows and style in parts of his verse
    how ever wrote this article is dumb as fuck. ex:1:05-1:12 he is doing B.O.B.’s style

    1:13-1:27 he is doing T.I.’s style

    1:45 to 1:57 he is doing Jay-Z’s style

    1:57-2:20 he is doing Drake’s style

    2:20-2:40 he is doing 2 Chainz style

    2:40-2:55 he is doing Lil Wayne’s style
    im a kdot fan and even i see the outcome of this response to control

    • izzy

      who*

    • JC

      good job not copy pasting that from rapgenius… wait…

      • EZBRZY

        exactly.

  • Chino

    You’re trying to tell me that B.o.B. did better than Lupe?!

    • https://twitter.com/KB_116 Mr. 116

      smh. XXL confuses me so much.

  • Melo Street Vybz

    madd rapper did the best one, lol

  • The Truth

    XXL just proved how dumb the writers are..

    Lupe’s responds was the same level of kendricks verse if not better.

  • L.DRE

    Damn papoose went in!

  • floschniqquhwafer

    RIFF RAFF KILT IT

  • robert

    All you so called rapper’s better remember they don’t call cali. killa cali. for nothing don’t get yourself killed they got more real niggaz that won’t talk shit they will let their gun’s do the talking for them ya most want to be the next dead rapper fucking with cali don’t forget big die because he thought cal wont kill a bitch ass new york nigga Lmao…

    • Detroit Stumper

      Can we just leave at lyrics and leave the bullets at home? DAMN i’m tired of you pumped up wife beater thugs fuckin up shit for the rest of us who just want to enjoy the talent of our young brothas who even have the stage and mic to share with us…Damn–Go eat some damn glass or something. Fukin loser.

  • tommy

    King los had some crazy wordplay

  • menigga

    trash

  • JAYZ

    LOS BY FAR DID THE BEST. NONE OF THESE OTHER NIGGAS HAD BARS LIKE HIME………………….. PERIOD. HE WASNT EVEN BATTLING . IMAGINE IF HE WAS ……….WOW … HIS REGULAR FLOW IS BETTER THAN EVERY KENDRICK RESPONSE …..wOW

  • gil

    cassidy killed it

  • IH8BIASEDJOURNALISM

    What? KONY better than Joell Ortiz’s verse? Joell bodied a track in less than 18 hours. If you think anyone was better than Joell or Lupe, you straight need your hearing checked.

    • JaffarR

      Agreed.

  • JaffarR

    Joell Ortiz deserved a XXL. Those bars were hard as fuck, and simply incredible.

  • babylon Fall

    They put riff raff above ransom and were dissrespectful about it, gtfo

  • Edan Oliver

    joell ortiz, cassidy, astro , and BoB .

  • Guest

    Fact: All these dudes lost by responding

  • Shawn

    Lupe, Lupe, Lupe. *smh*
    He’s the male Nicki Minaj.

  • mark

    grafh isnt even on here

  • Yea Fool

    Los

  • Thebes

    Banana clips = AK rounds

    Call that banana splits = split in half But my halves is really like a banana 6 = a six shooter

    split all 6 in half…thats 12 bullets. 11 rappers were mentioned in Kendrick’s control verse. Plus Kendrick that makes 12. Lupe is saying he has a bullet for all 12 rappers.

  • https://twitter.com/KB_116 Mr. 116

    Chocolate Droppa had the best one.

  • stars

    I give B.O.B props for a creative approach to a diss, but this is a rap competition and you gotta blaze the opponent with bars before you bring out the guitars and shit. Just sayin, his response was too short and the guitar would be more effective had his response been longer and dope.

    In this situation, to me, guitar comes off as a gimmick to take away from the fact no actual dope bars were spat, whether that was intended or not by him.

    Still dope artist, just my 2 cents

  • C Money

    riff raff stay winnin

  • The Conspiracist

    What if Kendrick’s “Control” verse was meant to make all these irrelevant rappers relevant? I have never even heard of some of these whack rappers responding to Kendrick before today. And those that I have heard of have not been relevant for a minute.

  • Cali_Smoke

    how the f can xxl NOT get that r2d2 line? Who the f is xxl hiring to listen to these lyrics? This is why I don’t buy xxl. #mainstreammedia #fuckboyzgreatest #backoftheshortbus

  • Deez Nuts

    Didn’t Chief Keef already tell Lupe to keep quiet? SLR 2 couldn’t be any weaker. Lupe ain’t shit but a hoe and a trick.

  • RICOG71

    Cassidy KILLED 5 generations of Lamars with this

  • RICOG71

    “the King in King Los isn’t just for show”..I agree

  • RICOG71

    PAPOOSE on FIRE!

  • RICOG71

    And the winner isssss…Joell Ortiz!!!!!

  • DBurger

    all these responses are sleep except for Los, but yall go on youtube and type in LOUIE DEON “REVELATIONS 22:18″ then tell me why xxl didnt choose that nigga!!

  • MouthofMadness

    B.O.B. killed this – just tripped out across the galaxy…

  • FormahCity

    R.I.P kendrick.

  • FormahCity

    “sony lost a finger/then this lil nigga’s ears could go. dat was funny lol

  • Real Rap Critic

    B.o.B responds in a pretty unique way with “How 2 Rap,” which stands
    out because he borrows different flows from artists (Drake/Migos)….. Props to Bobby for the originality. OK first of all SLR2 deserves a XXL it was the best response if you actually understood it but im used to lupe going over normal niggas heads but whatever. B.O.B response was M at best tho i wouldve given it a S

  • Better Late

    Wait don’t stop counting I have a response
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJAWHu10AzI

  • tumi

    i hear all yall, bt papose killed k.dot hard listning 2 hs respnd made me realize hw k.dot fckd up in tht song.. he shld hv went it n out n left th drama..