Is Kendrick Lamar the baddest man in the rap game? His new verse on Big Sean's Control has a lot of people talking today but some people just aren't impressed.
Lamar basically calls out all of his peers on the new song, saying that he's going to steal all of their fans. That might seem like some sort of gauntlet throw down but it's really just an over-exaggerated name drop session.
Before he throws any insults Lamar makes sure to point out that he's usually "homeboys" with these singers.
Kendrick sings: "I'm usually homeboys with the same n*ggas I'm rhymin' wit, but this is hip-hop and them n*ggas should know what time it is."
And then comes the long list of names. Jermaine Cole, Big Krit, Wale, Pusha T... Lamar Kendrick says that he's got "love for you all" but that he's now "tryna murder you n*ggas."
Lamar sings: "Tryin make your core fans never heard of you n*ggas, they don't want to hear one more noun or verb from you n*ggas."What do you think? Did Kendrick Lamar throw down the gauntlet or is the nicest way that anyone has ever tried to start a fight. "I love you guys but would you mind if your fans listened to some of my music?..."
Kendrick Lamar's verse lit up Twitter today as people argued about how great / terrible the song was. The Social News Daily rounded up some Twitter reactions.
My reaction after hearing Kendrick Lamar's verse pic.twitter.com/sxbvCOvscG" @ConnorG1212 @ChrisCarfaro @JayRadd78
— Stephan Quatorze (@Steph_Quatorze) August 13, 2013
Drake gonna hit Kendrick Lamar's phone like.... pic.twitter.com/s8ltl3pfCN — Mike Ruga (@MikeRuga) August 13, 2013Kendrick also decided to throw his name into the "greatest of all time" debate. Lamar, he claims that he is the king of New York and California, put his name in the same conversation with Jay Z, Eminem and Nas.
#TwitpicYourReactionAfterHearingKendricksVerse http://t.co/HsdE4qTiCRLamar sings: "I heard the barbershops spittin' great debates all the time / Bout who's the best MC? Kendrick, Jigga and Nas / Eminem, Andre 3000, the rest of y'all / New niggas just new niggas, don't get involved."
— Dom Hennedy (@CoryTownes) August 13, 2013
Kendrick Lamar's verse may sound bad but if you look at it closely you'll see that he really doesn't insult anyone on the track. Instead, he say: "Hey, you guys are great but I'm pretty good too so I'm going to see if your fans would mind buying my record as well."
Except, you know, with more "n-words" and "murder" and what not.
What did you think of Kendrick Lamar's verse on Big Sean's new track? Check it out below.