Earlier this week, Big Sean released Control
(7:32), a song that features a second verse from Kendrick Lamar
and a third verse from Jay Electronica. Kendrick's two and a half minute verse
was pretty standard fare in hip hop - bragging, saying he's the best, displaying talent on the mic. But in just 3 days, the rap world's response to Kendrick's verse has been almost unprecedented.
have come from Joell Ortiz
, Lupe Fiasco
, and Cassidy
. And then Mad Rapper did a song response about the song responses.
Big Krit, name-dropped in Kendrick's verse, cheered the verse.
Wale would have been offended
if his name wasn't
included in the verse. Joey Bada$$, PushaT, Fabolous & Mac Miller had respecful, challenging and humorous responses
to Kendrick's verse. Kendrick's output prompted Ice-T to say "I love how ONE verse woke hip hop the fuck up"
on Twitter, while Big Daddy Kane suggested
that instead of tweeting, the proper response was to get in the studio. Just Blaze, 9th Wonder and Young Guru
chime in. Questlove
, Missy Elliott, Monie Love
, Meek Mill
, Bun B
from Mobb Deep, and Action Bronson
talk about it.
The NBA got involved. Ex Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson, also name-dropped in the verse, tweeted Kendrick
. Kobe Bryant got wind of the verse and asked for details
, while New York Knicks forward Iman Shumpert
replied with a rhyme.
And even though Jay Electronica's formidable verse has been lost in the talk over Kendrick's, he “likes the song and the stir it’s causing,”
saying “It’s good for rap music.” Big Sean himself
talked about the possibility of rewriting his first verse after hearing Kendrick respectfully diss him in the second verse.