Within one verse, Kendrick Lamar might have just reincarnated mainstream hip hop of old. You know, mainstream hip hop that used to actually be good? It's been a while, I know. But surely you might've heard what he did, but if not, give this track a listen. The important part comes towards the ends of his verse, but the whole verse definitely deserves a listen. His verse ends at 6:00.
Here's what he said:
"I'm usually homeboys with the same niggas I'm rhymin' wit
But this is hip hop and them niggas should know what time it is
And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big KRIT, Wale
Pusha T, Meek Millz, A$AP Rocky, Drake
Big Sean, Jay Electron', Tyler, Mac Miller
I got love for you all but I'm tryna murder you niggas
Tryna make sure your core fans never heard of you niggas
They dont wanna hear not one more noun or verb from you niggas
What is competition? I'm tryna raise the bar high
Who tryna jump and get it? You better off tryna skydive"
So he calls out:, and a slew of other rappers. It wasn't really a diss, but a sort of pep talk to bring rap back to how it used to be. And a slew of rappers have already responded with verses, even some not mentioned on his list. As a result, you have a slew of rappers trending worldwide due to their responses, and you have numerous people outside the world of rap chiming in. Such as Lebron James, and Phil Jackson, and Kevin Hart.
So what do you guys think? Did you like or dislike what Kendrick did on this track? Regardless of how people take it, it'll definitely be talked about not only weeks down the line, but maybe months and decades as well. As Russell Simmons stated earlier today, "Kendrick Lamar's verson on Control is an instant classic." And I definitely agree.