Big K.R.I.T. Responds To Kendrick Lamar's Verse On Big Sean's "Control"

Exclusive: Big K.R.I.T. explains how he felt after hearing Kendrick Lamar say he was "trying to murder" him and other rappers on Big Sean's "Control (HOF)."

Kendrick Lamar’s statements on Big Sean’s “Control (HOF)” became a topic of discussion after the Compton, California rapper’s verse leaked yesterday (August 12). 

"I'm usually homeboys with the same niggas I'm rhymin' with," Kendrick Lamar said on the song. "But this is Hip Hop and them niggas should know what time it is. That goes for Jermaine ColeBig K.R.I.T.WalePusha T, Meek MillA$AP RockyDrake, Big Sean, Jay Electron, TylerMac Miller. I got love for you all but I'm tryin' to murder you niggas. Trying to make sure your core fans never heard of you niggas [and that] they don't want to hear not one more noun or verb from you niggas. What is competition? I'm trying to raise the bar high."

Big K.R.I.T. spoke with HipHopDX about his reaction to the verse, explaining how it connects with Hip Hop history.

“Rap, Hip Hop has always been mad competitive,” K.R.I.T. said Tuesday. “It's exciting because it was probably crazier for his fans, for him to mention my name among rappers that people would consider top tier, [rappers] people kind of look at as being the future and my name just randomly popped up. So what I got an opportunity to see a little bit last night and this morning, was just people that probably never tweeted me before, whether it be negative or positive. For me, it was like, ‘Thank you for the promotion.’" 

Big K.R.I.T. Says Kendrick Lamar Knows He Should Not Be Taken "Lightly" 

Kendrick Lamar's verse may introduce new fans to K.R.I.T. who were previously unaware of his skills as a lyricist, he said. 

“It let people know that, ‘Yeah, I'm from the South and yeah, I'm country but you ain’t going to take me lightly," K.R.I.T. said. "Aint none of these rappers going to take me lightly on a record.’ And [Kendrick Lamar] know that. So that's why my name ended up on that list. If you think about ‘1 Train,’ or any record, I’ma give my all. People know that I'm a lyricist and I can compete with some of the best and it is what is. I appreciate the shout out because that’s really what it is. It’s a competitive sport; it’s a gladiator sport. Don't nobody want to get murdered on a record. That just it is what is. So I don’t know, brother. I was like, ‘Hell yeah.’ It is what it is. Thank you for the shout out and shout out to all the fans that he may have that didn't know about my music and now they gon’ go back and listen to records and check out ‘1 Train,’ and want to know why he felt the need to mention my name. And I’m 100% sure he probably gets tired of going to barbershops and hearing my name mentioned where he is and vice-versa. It's all good man. It's all within the sport.”

Big K.R.I.T. Says Some Fans Want To Hear Him Enter "That Battle Rap Realm"

The shout out has allowed fans to search for K.R.I.T.'s work, he said. When asked what songs he would want new fans to hear, he addressed an array of styles he can present. 

"Well, [it would depend] on the fan you introduced to me," K.R.I.T. said. "If it was probably the kind of fan who was shitting on my music, I would let them listen to "1 Train" because sometimes, people want to hear you in that Battle Rap realm. All they want to hear you [do] is just go blow-for-blow lyrically. I really pride myself on that verse because it is factual. It wasn't me talking about shooting shit up. It wasn't a gang of entendres and similes and metaphors that didn't pertain to my career per se. It was definitely factual...That would be the verse I'd play for somebody that's not really a fan of my music, that doesn't really think I can rap. Somebody that is more concerned with my in-depth knowledge on life, and what I go through on a daily basis, or how I feel about government topics or financial views, I'd play 'The Vent.' For the people that really just want to release whatever they got and go have fun and go party and all that and not give a fuck about haters and what people got to say, I'd play 'I Got This.'" 

"The Vent" was featured on 2011's Return of 4Eva. "I Got This" appeared on 2012's Live from the Underground. "1 Train" appeared on 2013's A$AP Rocky release Long.Live.A$AP, which also featured Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, Yelawolf, Danny Brown and Action Bronson. Rocky has said that K.R.I.T. had the best verse on the song

Big K.R.I.T. Says "The South Was Always Lyrical"

Soon after "Control" leaked, K.R.I.T. tweeted about Southern lyricism. In his interview with HipHopDX, K.R.I.T. explained how he has viewed the South’s lyrical contributions to the genre since he was a young fan of the culture.

“I always grew up knowing that the South was lyrical, whether people accepted it or not,” K.R.I.T. told HipHopDX. “One of the people he [mentioned] was Andre 3000. If you think about it, I grew up listening to OutKast. Scarface is in my top five. We talking about 8Ball & MJG and UGK. You know, all these people, to me, were lyricists. That’s how they’ve always been. To me, the South has always been lyrical. I'm just taking a page from the fact that they were speaking their minds and they was rapping about their real lives. And a lot of them were playing more than just one role than just being rappers. They wasn't just rappers either. A lot of them were producers. [They were] singing on records as well. I kind of come from the perspective of Hip Hop anyway, where it's more hybrid. It ain’t a one-pony-thesaurus-trick-shot for me. I’m not just gon’ rap and have to depend on that. I actually make music. I record. I mix and all that stuff too. It’s a lot more than that. It's a lot more going on than just rapping.”  

Those influences will likely show on Big K.R.I.T.'s upcoming project, which does not yet have an official title. K.R.I.T. is currently working on a new album that will feature production from The Neptunes' Chad Hugo, Terrace Martin and DJ Dahi. The new album will be follow his last release, July 2013's King Remembered In Time mixtape.

Additionally, K.R.I.T. released the instrumentals to his ForevaNaDay today, at BigKRIT.com.

RELATED: A$AP Rocky Says Big K.R.I.T. Has The Best Verse On "1 Train"

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97 Comments

  • hotboxedigloo

    I was pumped when I first heard 1train, I was like damn, finally a good track its been a couple years that track is a classic its funny that so many ppl dont know about it

  • ToneGibb

    I want KRIT to kill that boy just to prove a point and shut everybody mouth.

  • JASONNNS

    http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/D8AvHKbV_rE/movieposter.jpg

  • $aifo

    KENDRICK IS ALOT BETTER WITH WORLD PLAY, RYHME, STORY, AND DELIVERY. KRIT GOT BARS, GOT LINES, GOT A MESSAGE, GOT FLOW, GOT THAT SOUL. SO FOR ME THEY COME OFF AS DIFF SIDES OF THE SAME COIN. THEY DONT NECESSARILY FALL ONTO THE SAME BOAT FOR RAP, KENDRICK CAN CREATE A TOTALLY NEW CONCEPT FOR RAP, KRIT IS MASTER OF SOUND, NOT CREATING NEW LANES...SADLY THIS I FEEL IS TRUE AS A BIG KRIT FAN SINCE KRIT WUZ HERE IVE SEEN THE SAME MESSAGE AND THE SAME SOUND BEING STRECHED THIN....EVEN THOUGH KRIT KEEP DOING UR THING BIG PLAYA, UR MUSIC LIFTS PPLS SOULS.

  • The Decatur Dictator

    Dude sounds like he is scared to def! Oh, "the south is known for being lyrical'? Where? Who? T.I. & 3000 and that's it. Errbody else is swagalicious buffoons.

    • Anonymous

      very true mane, never was a fan of the south except the 2 u named, but im also a weezy fan too

    • Anonymous

      Dude there's lyrics in the South more than what you mentioned. Jay Electronica, Phonte, Celph Titled, Tito Lopez, J cole, Rain, Killer Mike, Pill, K rino all beasts that don't get shine except for J Cole.

    • DEEZNUTS

      With that comment, The Decatur Dictator stated that he doesn't know shit about hip-hop or lyricism.....

    • jayanderson06

      Thats why u not a Hip Hop fan. To just name T.I and 3 Stacks. U don't listen. 8Ball and MJG, Scarface, Big Boi, Cee Lo(YES), Ludacris, Bun B, D.O.C., Phonte, J.Cole, its alot of rappers in the south that can lyrically put it down u just don't know. Just a region hater.

  • kennyken

    stand up my fellow mississippian! yeah kendrick just paid homage to you bruh it's not a diss. it's sheer competition

  • Anonymous

    Krit kinda took a lil jab at him when he said "i dont just rap, i make music, its a lot more going on than just rapping." K dot dont want it wit Krit. Just listen to King pt.3 and u tell me

  • mkazkazn

    thats we call hiphop

  • shadow boxin

    I wouldn't respond either, one verse from a lil guy calling out all the mc's to get attention is no reason to respond.

    • shadow hits back

      Being scared is a reason to not respond, this little guy has a gold going on plat album with bars to match. Even without a response now they have to live up to his backhanded compliment.

    • Roy

      Dude? To get attention? Kendrick don't need no attention. He's international. He did a show here in Finland last friday and there were about 20.000 people at the show. ( 4 example Large Professor & Cormegas last show had 16 people) He just did a favor to guys he mentioned.. Now they got more attention. I don't think K.dot was even dissin' them. I love KRIT, but kendrick's verse was something that has been missing in hip hop like past 10 years. At least in mainstream.

  • NIGGGGERRRRRR SCREAM A$$$$$$APPPPPPP

    Just wait for A$AP Rocky to respond with a verse it will kill kendrick the faggot

  • Joseph

    It is one thing to which I gave my opinion, that's your opinion. I noticed that the composition of Control where Kendrick gave their strongest styles caused a lot of commotion, and the types of rhymes King Of New York, King Of The Coast or I'm Makaveli's offspring many others who used them rappers began to respond. I do not like it as some sites simply inflated and as some took as a diss rappers. There were three answers to this song, but just think that the style is just what he can not answer. Kendrick just gave one of the strongest texts. Those names you mentioned are respected, but at the same time they knew on some tracks kill, which means that they gave better than they. This is one of the best MC and he is right to prove their album, hosovakami and thus still wearing that mask, because he set the bar tremendously high. I do not think it's a diss, who thinks it is, that whatever looks deeper into the text. Kebye diss someone, so he managed, but he did not mention those rappers in Diss. Kendrick, I think that showed the true nature of what is the American hip-hop! Rap originated the words and not the music! Many people let their opinion will make their own way. Or listen to the song.

  • xx004

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWvSwaC4Kg8

  • xx004

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExH5VU5iq9Q

  • xx004

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhkB95J5c9s

  • Hza

    All krit has too as a response is to push his limits and release crazy dope shit

  • Anonymous

    all these nigga want to blog now spit back you weak ass nigga

  • Anonymous

    so in other words big krit knows he aint fuckin wit kendrick.these new rappers crack me up.atleast have some pride and respond back.win or lose have some dignity

    • tee

      you should probably know what you're talking about before you say something, KRIT bodied everyone on 1 Train, including Kdot, who came weak as fuck

  • edukes

    yea he actually started when he killed everybody on 1 train then he murked underground airplay.

  • Drew

    All that talking he could have just dropped a 16 bar response.

  • Drew

    So there is no response? just him talking about it? wtf? you a rapper respond on a friggen song. this that wack shit. don't talk about it be about it.

  • Kendrick Lamar

    Man...KRIT + Yelawolf bodied me on 1 Train... Super excited for #COUNTRYCUZZINS... YelaWolf + Big K.R.I.T. == Legends of the South

  • CHRISTYLE808

    GOOD RESPONSE ....PERSONALLY I THINK KENDRICK IS BETTER...BECUZ I LIKE HIS STYLE BETTER....BUT THAT DOESNT MEAN HE BETTER THAN KRIT....THEY ARE ANYWAYS THE 2 BEST RAPPERS THATS OUT RIGHT NOW....NOT IN COMMERCIAL POINT...ONLY RAPPING THE FLOW THE CONTENT WORD OF PLAY....AS AN MC THEY BOTH ARE BETTER THEN THE REST

  • xx004

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EGp3ZOKj3U

  • xx004

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDYSLX_2vr0

  • Tha Truth

    looks like Game wrote Kendrick's verse. 5 stars for my nigga Game!

  • Anonymous

    KRIT took the high road on this dude because clearly his catalog is better than Kendrick's. Yes Kendrick had a better verse on they ready, but KRIT bridged that gap on 1 train. the Vent 2000 & beyond rich dad poor dad dont let me down handwriting meditate

  • jasonnns

    http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/fyPsRyhP0CY/mqdefault.jpg

  • leather face

    http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/4lNltoKfV38/movieposter.jpg

  • Anonymous

    What the fuck? DROP A TRACK NIGGA. I don't want to read some fucking interview from you.

  • Anonymous

    FUCK HASHTAGS AND RETWEETS NIGGA!

  • readdy2die

    He said "Lyricism... from the south" only "lyricists from the south are Luda, Scarface and K-Rino everybody else is trash so that statement is only partially true

  • Anonymous

    Kendrick boring n overrated as fuck

  • Trey

    To be honest, I think K.R.I.T. is the ONLY artist he mentioned that could come up with a decent response. He hasn't sold mad records yet, but he has the quality behind him no doubt. Return of 4eva and 4evaNADay could be certified ALBUMS on their own, and both can easily stack up to Kendrick's work. And if you heard 1 Train, you'd know KRIT could outrap him if he wants to. Either way, friendly competition is always a plus!

  • Marx1684

    Kendrick's verse doesn't need a bunch of responses over the same beat. They need to just up their game in general & do damage on every feature. Especially any tracks w/Kendrick on them.

  • whatev

    Has Kendrick listened to any of KRIT's work? KRIT kills that boy lyrically. He needs to step off his high horse.

    • Trey

      Of course he has! He's worked with him at least twice, and KRIT outrapped him on a track (1 Train). They're both very good friends.

  • Lol

    Lol Big Sean verse let nas down

    • AnyoneReal

      Hhahahahhhaha!! Yeah he did!! No, really he didn't cause NaS and nobody except his weak fans expected anything but garbage. He did "ok" on his own song, giving him a lot of credit!! lolol. K-Dot and Jay killed it.

  • King Remembered

    COUNTRY COUSINS !!! You'll see how lyrical the SOUTH can be... #CLASSIC

  • HHDX

    KRIT what's up with a mention of Country Cuzzins?! That's about to be a LYRICAL and more importantly a MUSICAL masterpiece.

  • Anonymous

    KDot did rip that iish tho. He didn't mean no harm with it. Checkout thegrandreport, they have some good videos in there

  • fuk the new school

    Kendrick is highly overrated lyrically. Its just that the rest of these new cats are weak as fuck and all sound alike. none of you dick riders will be bumping his shit in five years

  • M

    It's a shame that other rappers aren't naturally competitive. They walk through a stupid 16 and get paid, but Kendrick takes pride. With everyone so politically correct, other rappers are too scared to make someone mad.

  • N/A

    He needs to NOT work with other producers and do all the tracks himself. Krit's beat game is too nice.

  • southerngal

    lmao yall funny as hell, feelings all bunched up like u in the game .... let them niggas respond how they want to, im proud of krit & hell yea im from the south....the south influences everybody & that's just a fact...learn ya history ...peace and blessings to you FUK BOYS!

    • Mr. FTG

      im not even from the south and im offended by this comment...do some research bro..u got niggas like scarface,andre3000,ludacris,k.r.i.t, shit even ross

  • Hip Hop Lives In NYC

    Sorry, but no Souther nigga has ever been or will ever be lyrical.

  • imho

    i agree with everyone--fucks he on twitter and interviews for ..respond or step off. you dont see lamar on twitter bashin mfs he just came hard in a track..

  • tracy morgan

    anyone else think big krit looks like tracy morgan

  • Money Emp

    @this guy: If U Ain't from N.Y.,you sure bloggin like you Are. In the $outh were Winnin cause thats Now where Hip-hop Lives Boyyyy - flavor flav (Voice) Since '97 til 2000's & $umthin.Shout to tha Ghetto Boys & 2Live Crew for bein the Foundation of It All Openin doors for these young cats $$$

  • Anonymous

    Naw KRIT, fuck the comments and interviews, record a response track nyuggah! I have no interest in hearing your opinion.

  • Anonymous

    dont sleep big krit is a problem

  • SLY

    all these rappers are just making internet comments WHY?? NIGGA SPIT SOMETHING!!! hes challenging you and all yall doing is ranting on twitter WTF!! yes its publicity but NIGGA! mke response and people will be more interested in you. krit goes HARD

  • skinny jeans are for Women

    Big K.R.I.T ride on this mofo.

    • Pat.B

      .....Kendrick has every advantage here, by making these statements first, on a song that matters. I'm betting the first actual song the rappers he mentioned release/featured on, they'll address it. Making, or releasing a song to address Kendrick's comments in the span of 24/48hrs...hell a week, to me come off as a rapper who's shook.

  • Joe

    Krit is not as popular but is better than kendr

    • Anonymous

      Hold up! Top 5 of all-time ALREADY? Naw son, you trippin'. The game is WAYYY to deep consider someone top 5(though it's your opinion)after only 1 album, and a few strong mixtapes. Buy hey, to each there own.

    • Anonymous

      Kendrick is a better rapper, but KRIT is nice and gets props for producing his own stuff and singing. Both are in my top 5 favorite rappers of all time already.

    • Agreed

      agree with this krit's a beast

  • YAWN

    Song was boring as F***.. These cats is just looking for attention and you chumps are giving it to him..I am disappointing in myself for even listening to that shit on the internet.. . (Wheres my 11/5 tape, I need real hiphop after that garbage)

  • this guy

    ahhh stfu you biter ass southern crybaby this aint got nothing to do with the south, nigga said YOUR NAME on a track, he not from NY either so all that bitching goes out the window, who fuckin cares who you listened to growing up?! ok so now the south is "lyrical" today? maaaan gtfoh I aint checkin for this fools music he one of them cry baby niggas. Thats all they do down there, cry & complain about niggas hatin on them

  • Lol

    I told yall.. the real MC's will do the talking on tracks.. the not competitive nuggas will do interviews and tweet all day.. look at Ortiz came at K Dot neck the next day ez.. Who next to talk for an interview and not respond.. I can see Drake, jcole Hov all not respond but by interviews or twitter.. Sad day lmaoo

  • Anonymous

    Fuck the south and fuck kendrick's overrated ass too

  • NICK_-

    Just drop a fucking verse like Ortiz and shut the fuck.

  • Anonymous

    KRIT look like Tracy Morgan tho lol

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