Big Sean Defends Getting Slayed by Kendrick on His Own Track, Refused to Redo His Verse

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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.”


  1. LOL. Man, Big Sean got embarrassed. But you have to respect that he didn’t run back to the studio to redo his verse. I give him props for that.

  2. There’s nothing he can say to make me forget that I actually forgot it was even his song after I heard Kendrick’s verse.

  3. I just wish I could have seen Big Sean’s face when he heard K. Dot’s verse for the first time. LMBO!

    1. Cosign. I couldn’t do anything but shake my head at some of the people who were hating on that verse. First of all, it wasn’t a diss! It was a call for a challenge. He challenged his peers to get back to the core of Hip Hop. I hate that some people are making it some malicious thing.

  4. Kendrick just saved Hip Hop. If we’re back to talking about who had the best verse on songs and these other rappers are in the studio recording their rebuttals, I have to pat Kendrick on the back.

  5. I wouldn’t have changed my verse either. Kendrick’s verse was dope, but the truth is, there are other verses of his that are much more higher on the scale than this one. I feel like people are so amped about this because he called people out….which as many have said, wasn’t a diss. Don’t get me wrong, I love the hell out of Kendrick as an artist. Been rocking with him since day one. But this seems to be a little exaggerated in my opinion. If you listen to some of Big Sean’s old mixtapes, he actually is a good rapper. *shrug*

  6. I don’t care much for Big Sean, but what else could he do? If he changed the verse what could he have possibly said to negate what Kendrick said? But I respect it either way. It does get the song the alot of buzz so at the end of the day it still keeps people talking

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