By now, I’m sure all of you have heard. One of the most important moments for the change of the current state of Hip-Hop happened on Monday night, and all of it came from one Kendrick Lamar verse. What’s even more surprising, is it was on a song where he was featured.
Not only does he namedrop some of the biggest artists in the industry, telling them to step their game up, he also proclaims himself the “King of New York”. Quite a big proclamation from a Compton MC. Not to mention the fact that that title is a touchy subject among New York MCs, dating all the way back to the beginnings of the genre. The last true king in many Hip-Hop fanatic’s head is Notorious B.I.G.. Other MC’s who could stake a claim include Nas and Jay-Z, but those two are a bit more unofficial. However, the thing is Kendrick specifically mentions he is in the same ranks as those guys. This is a call to the new artists. The ones that are hungry for the top spot.
This kind of action is perfect for the mundane state of things in the current Hip-Hop industry. Kendrick’s perspective should be viewed as more of a competitive challenge rather than a diss track, though many artists will probably think of it as personal. Especially the New York ones. However, it is perfectly explained here that although he wants to take your fans, lyrically destroy you on every track, and then laugh about it, all names mentioned are family to him. He just wants to make it into competition. As they call it in sports, Kendrick is showing his “killer instinct”, and he wants everyone to respond with the same fire.
One may argue that this verse is getting this much attention because of K. Dot’s level of stardom. I believe that only someone of his lyrical ability would be able to make a point as powerful as he did. It’s truly phenomenal for any musical genre to have a truly gifted artist leading the way for it’s future.
Big Sean may be the man of the moment in perspective, though, as he was the one who let this all happen. In an interview held on Tuesday, Sean mentions that he heard K. Dot’s verse after writing and recording his own. No contact between the two MC’s about the verse was made until after Sean had heard it, putting him in a very uncomfortable situation. After hearing something so monumental to the current state of the Hip-Hop industry, and having his own verse and name bodied in the process, there would seemingly be a lot of pressure on Big Sean to change his original verse and do something similar to what Kendrick did. The thing is, he didn’t. He handled it with class, releasing it to show how much of a true Hip-Hop head he is. He knew how important this all was for the grand scheme of things.
Also, to be completely honest, he really put out a fantastic verse himself.
For the third and final verse, Jay Electronica impresses as well. In fact, it’s one of the best verses I’ve heard from him in quite some time. Too bad coming right after Kendrick on this song is a perfect recipe for disaster. I don’t think anyone would knowingly choose to come after that.
“A month or two ago, Big Sean asked me to be on this record with him for his album. He had a demo hook on it at the time. I did my verse and sent it back – See more at: http://news.revolt.tv/jay-electronica-speaks-on-control-verse/#sthash.tKBSinp7.dpuf
“A month or two ago, Big Sean asked me to be on this record with him for his album. He had a demo hook on it at the time. I did my verse and sent it back…I found out a couple days before it was released that Kendrick had put a verse on it”
He said this in an interview with Revolt TV, mentioning how great he thinks the track is and speaking on how he thinks it will further influence the rap game.
“I like the song and the stir it’s causing…It’s good for rap music”
I believe that this verse will stand the test of time, as a landmark that changed Hip-Hop for the good. Enough messing around, it’s time to step into the arena. For we all know how many response tracks are surely coming our way.