On Monday night, rapper Big Sean released the single “Control” which is a 7-minute track featuring Jay Electronica and Kendrick Lamar that left listeners shocked. Lamar, who was crowned as MTV News’ “Hottest MC” of 2012, has now crowned himself the “King of New York,” an odd accolade to bestow upon himself considering his Compton, California roots.

In the verse, Lamar proclaims, "I'm Machiavelli's offspring, I'm the king of New York/ King of the Coast, one hand, I juggle them both.”

But this line in “Control” was the least controversial. Lamar opened his verse by calling out a laundry list of rappers who he's attempting to “murder” in the rap game. The rappers he names are artists he has previously worked with and who he allegedly “respects,” however, Lamar states that he wants to make sure none of their “hard core fans” listen to their music.

"I'm usually homeboys with the same n----s i'm rhymin wit/But this is hip hop and them n----s should know what time it is/And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Wale, Pusha T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake Big Sean, Jay Electron', Tyler, Mac Miller/I got love for you all but I'm tryna murder you n----s/Tryna make sure your core fans never heard of you n----s."

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After the track was released, the Twitter-sphere ignited into a war of words. The rappers who were called out on “Control” began to immediately react and let Lamar know that they had in fact heard his verse and were ready to fire back.

 

Listen to the explosive track “Control” and let us know what you think about Kendrick Lamar’s controversial verse.

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