For a rapper who had a sterling reputation and was seemingly well-liked within the hip-hop community only a few months ago, Kendrick Lamar has been collecting haters since the release of his verse on Big Sean’s “Control” at an alarming rate. Since Kendrick seemingly called out the entire breadth of the rap music industry in one-fell swoop, Kendrick has found himself embroiled in beef with a variety of different rappers.
Depending on if you believe the rumors or not, Kendrick Lamar might have earned himself a new arch-nemesis after a 15-second snippet of his upcoming BET Cypher verse at this month’s BET Hip-Hop Awards leaked on the internet, yesterday. Many fans initially thought that Kendrick was going directly at hip-hop’s reigning prince, Drake, but even if you tend to believe in some of the conspiracy theories regarding the track, it certainly is out-of-character for K. Dot to be so direct with his disses.
In recent weeks, Drake has been seemingly critical of Kendrick’s verse on “Control” after Drake and a host of other rappers were called out by K. Dot. In a recent interview with Billboard, Drake seemed dismissive of the song when he said, ”It just sounded like an ambitious thought to me. That’s all it was. I know good and well that Kendrick’s not murdering me, at all, in any platform.” Some critics and fans have even claimed that Drake was throwing veiled subliminal disses at Kendrick on his new track, “The Language.” Regardless, it seems that a new rivalry is brewing between the two big-time rappers.
Along with (potentially) Drake, XXL is looking at the rogue’s gallery of rappers who have not been Kendrick’s biggest fans in the last few yearsnd dissed him in public.
Despite the praise for good kid, m.A.Ad city, there was one noted rapper that was not feeling Kendrick’s debut and wanted the world to know. Tweeting Live from Belize, Shyne took to the service to express his disappointment with Lamar’s album. “Yoooo! Kendrick Lamar is talented with a lot of potential but his album is traaaaash,” he tweeted out on October 24, 2012.
Kendrick would playfully respond to the deported rapper’s diss shortly after Shyne’s comments on the song, “The Jig Is Up (Dump’n)” when Kendrick rapped, “I pray to God this beat is good enough for Shyne/If not J. Cole, your shit is trash/ But at least my opinion just made everyone laugh”
The saga of Kendrick Lamar and Papoose would start earlier this summer when Papoose made an unexpected guest appearance at Summer Jam after the conclusion of Kendrick’s set at the concert. It was later revealed that Kendrick played a small role in Papoose performing at the event by inviting him to the show.
Things didn’t remain copacetic between the two rappers for long when Papoose took umbrage with Kendrick’s claim that he was the “king of New York” on his verse on Big Sean’s “Control.” Papoose had previously claimed stake to the New York crown on his 2011 mixtape, King Of New York and dropped a particularly vicious response to “Control” in retaliation. Papoose later clarified his reason for going after K. Dot in an interview with XXL when he said, “Even if I wasn’t from New York, I would respect that enough to not say that I was the King of a place that I’m not even from. I had to just represent for my city. It was defending my city where I was born and raised, blood sweat and tears.”
In the wake of the release of “Control” and Kendrick’s “King Of New York” claim, Diddy posted a clever jab (see above) at Kendrick on Instagram over who really is the King Of New York. It seems that the No. 1 man on the Forbes Hip-Hop Cash Kings list thinks it takes a little more than one hot album to claim the throne.
Of all the rappers that Kendrick called out by name on “Control,” Meek Mill has seemingly taken the most offense with the track. In the initial aftermath, Meek Mill went on Power 99 FM in Philadelphia where he said, ““I’m in a lane by myself. I’m the only [one] that’s lyrically spittin’ some street music and gettin’ money. Kendrick [Lamar and TDE], I’ma tell ‘em in a rap: y’all can run that backpack, I’ma run these streets.”
The war of words went from cold to hot when Meek Mill delivered his own scathing response to Kendrick on the song,”Ooh Kill Em,” when Meek rapped, “Man you claiming you the king of New York/ What the f–k wrong with you n–ga, step back/ Hundred shots, aim straight at your snap cap/ Everybody want the crown so I snatch that.”
Joe Budden/Joell Ortiz
Despite the sheer volume of rappers named on “Control,” several prominent rappers still managed to take offense that they were not named on the track, too. Joell Ortiz and Joe Budden of the rap group Slaughterhouse responded to Kendrick Lamar for leaving them off his list of rappers on “Control” when they responded with two separate diss tracks of their down. Joell Ortiz made headlines first when he became the first rapper to deliver an official response to “Control” on August 13, 2013. Four days later, Joe Budden delivered his response to “Control” on August 17.
B.oB decided to enter the post-”Control” fray when he released “How 2 Rap,” one of the earliest “Control” responses, almost 24 hours after the release of the song. Bobby Ray seemingly dissed Kendrick when he rapped, “I am the master, the guru and after I school you/ I’m skinning you niggas/You finished, I’m making chinchillas out niggas/You should be embarrassed some banging pop rapper is killing you niggas.”
Lupe Fiasco is not a person who is hesitant to share his feelings and on the night that “Control” was released, Lupe took to Twitter to let the world that he was not easily as impressed with the rest of us with the song. “Dear Y’all, Y’all easily impressed. Bar so low you need a shovel to get at it. Sincerely, Private Twitter.”
Lupe would later drop a response to “Control’ himself when he released “SLR 2″ two days after “Control” was dropped.
Every Rapper In New York
In the wake of “Control,” seemingly every hungry rapper in New York City released a response to Kendrick’s claim that he was the King Of New York including Joell Ortiz, Joe Budden, Fred The Godson, Mysonne, Uncle Murder, Astro and J.R. Writer. It seems that some people don’t take too kindly to claims that you run their city when you don’t actually live there. Who knew?