By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
The internet went insane the other day after Kendrick Lamar’s verse on Big Sean’s track “Control” went viral. The verse set Hip Hop on fire as the Compton emcee declared he was ready to annihilate his competition and he demanded his peers stepped up on their lyrics and stopped playing games. The reason Kendrick’s verse alone made headline news is he actually called out names, and most of the people he called out were his own close friends including big stars Drake, J. Cole and even Big Sean himself. Of course Kendrick declaring himself the “King of New York” didn’t sit well with lots of people, but if Kendrick’s goal was to shake up Hip Hop, he definitely achieved his purpose.
While most people can just appreciate a great verse, it would appear the person who lost the most on the track is easily Big Sean. It’s just not a good look for a rapper to get owned on his own track. Interestingly enough, Big Sean says that although he realized how epic Kendrick’s verse was, he refused to head back to the studio and redo his verse because he felt like that would be “cheating.” He tells Vibe:
“When I heard [Kendrick’s] verse I wasn’t about to go back and change my verse—that’s cheating. That ain’t the way of an O.G. That ain’t how G’s move. I wanted to [release the song] for the culture of hip-hop as opposed to myself.”
He further elaborates that he’s too real to have gone back and rewrite his verse but he’s still a good rapper:
“I ain’t no h*e a*s n*gga like that to hear a verse like that and be like ‘I gotta go back and [rewrite] my sh*t, I gotta go protect myself.’ Nah, it is what it is. I’m a good a*s rapper. I just want people to remember I had the song. I knew what it was. No, I didn’t change my verse because I’m not a h*e a*s n*gga. I’m a real a*s n*gga from Detroit. I rep for everything that I do. I knew what it was going to do for hip-hop. I knew what it was going to do for the culture. This is the most exciting rap song to drop this year this year. Period.”