Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” verse was a much-needed reality check for hip-hop as a lot of MCs tightened up their bars and puffed up their chests a bit. Although the loose cut that didn’t make Big Sean’s Hall Of Fame was released in August, the aftermath is still being felt well into 2014.
Big K.R.I.T. was the first to respond on his new single “Mt. Olympus,” saying certain MCs got way too obsessed over Kendrick’s competitive nature. He raps, “That ‘Control’ beat is like an ugly bitch that everybody done fucked raw/Maybe you hit it/Aww man, I’m more concerned why niggas been textin’ my cell, callin’ my phone/Ask me about this Kendrick shit, that he ain’t even really even diss me on/I ain’t drawn to all this propaganda, rap shit ’bout as real as Santa.”
Similarly, Kendrick’s closest homie Mac Miller decides to check him on his latest mixtape, Faces, which was released on Mother’s Day. On “Friends” featuring TDE’s own ScHoolboy Q on the hook, Mac playfully responds with a witty line. “In this Game of Thrones, it is known/I got the 4G, L-T-E connection boards/No Control, fuck Ken Lamar (Fuck you Kendrick!),” he spits, which follows with an ad-lib that sounds more hilarious than serious. Looking deeper into the lyric, Mac is saying that he literally has no control over himself.
K.R.I.T. and Mac are among names like Drake, J. Cole and Meek Mill who have responded with songs of their own. Others such as Pusha T and Jay Electronica have only talked about the verse on Twitter or interviews, teasing a response but have yet to release one. Who is next on Kendrick’s roll call sheet?
Listen to “Friends” below.