On “Outta Control,” Joell Ortiz boasts, “Ya’ll knew I wasn’t gonna stay quiet” at the start of the song before directly addressing the TDE emcee’s claims to the title of King Of New York and his desire to set the bar in Hip Hop.
“Lil homie you ain’t the King Of New York/You the next thing on my fork…Maybe that’s why you left me out of that shit/Maybe that’s why the Slaughterhouse ain’t get dissed or maybe I’m not on your radar,” Ortiz raps.
Although Ortiz is not mentioned by name on “Control,” Kendrick does go on to call out J. Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Wale, Mac Miller, and a handful of other rappers.
Ortiz also makes brief mention to his time spent at Aftermath Entertainment, a label Kendrick’s currently signed to as he raps, “I’ll leave the King of L.A. to Dre, I was this close to staying Aftermath but lamped out like a genie/Dre you a fuckin gangsta and [Kerniss] you such a sweetie and guess what I’m a free agent again if y’all ever need me.”
Kendrick’s guest verse on “Control” even sparked a minor feud between Joe Budden and Styles P on Twitter as the two emcees exchanged words over the lack of response from New York rappers following the release of “Control.” Budden has since deleted his response to Styles P.
Whoever he called out was supposed to have chirped back by 12 noon!
— g -host (@therealstylesp)
Whoever he called out was supposed to have chirped back by 12 noon!— g -host (@therealstylesp) August 13, 2013
I shouldn't have thrown the physically part in that was ignorant ! But I don't fuck with joe like that so it offended me!im street he is net
— g -host (@therealstylesp) August 13, 2013
Released on August 12, “Control” features guest verses from both Kendrick Lamar and Jay Electronica, and according to Big Sean, the record will not be featured on Hall Of Fame due to sample issues.