Kendrick Lamar Talks “Control” Verse
Kendrick Lamar‘s verse on Big Sean‘s “Control” sent shockwaves throughout the hip-hop world. And now, Kendrick has finally given a couple interviews about the track, with Hot 97‘s Peter Rosenberg and with Power 106‘s Big Boy’s Neighborhood.
Speaking with Power 106, he said, “Honestly I didn’t know it would be so much speculation—I just wanted to rap. If anybody knows me doing music, I wanna just rap… Maybe I should just dumb down my lyrics just a little bit.”
On his line about being “king of New York”:
“The irony of that line is that the people that actually understood it and got it was the actual kings of New York. We’ve been down with them this past week, and them understanding that it’s not about actually being the King of whatever coast, it’s about leaving the mark as great as Biggie, as great as Pac.”
Lamar said similar things in his interview with Hot 97, and much more. The full 20 minute interview is available to hear below. (The full Power 106 interview isn’t up yet.) He said he’d spoken to Jay-Z and Diddy and it was “all love, all respect.”