In the wake of the release of Big Sean’s Kendrick Lamar and Jay Electronica-assisted “Control,” numerous emcees have stepped forward to share their thoughts on the record, whether they voiced their opinion via Twitter or took a more first-hand approach and released their own lyrical response to the lengthy cut.
Big Sean, the rapper behind the song’s creation, finally disclosed his thoughts on “Control” as he spoke specifically on Kendrick Lamar’s verse and even his own lyrical addition to the song during an interview with Vibe.com.
According to the G.O.O.D. Music emcee, whose verse kicks off “Control,” his verse on the song was “harder” lyrically than both Kendrick and Jay Electronica's. And prior to speaking on his addition to the song, Big Sean commented on Kendrick’s namedropping when asked if he was at all nervous due to the numerous artists called out.
“Nah, I don’t think it’s nervous. Because I know it’s Hip Hop, it’s a sport,” Big Sean revealed. “I think it should get back to being competitive…It’s like we all young G’s. We all people who came up. We got respect for each other. So, like I said, I ain’t no ho ass nigga like that to hear a verse like that and then be like ‘Oh, I gotta go back and [rewrite] my shit. Oh, I gotta protect myself.’ You know what I’m saying? It’s like nah, it is what it is. I’m a good ass rapper. Big Sean got bars…Listen to everything. Listen to ‘Control.’ I feel like my verse was harder.”
During his interview with Vibe.com, Big Sean also made it clear that he did not change his verse on “Control” after hearing Kendrick’s.
“But when I heard that verse I was like ‘Man, I’m not about to go back and change my verse. That’s cheating’…I could go back, change it. Make it this. I could namedrop. You know, I could do this. I could cut his verse up, but that ain’t the way of a OG,” said the Hall Of Fame rapper. “You know what I’m saying? That ain’t how G’s move. And I wanted to do that for the culture of Hip Hop. For the culture of rap as opposed to myself. Like tryna protect myself.”
Unfortunately for fans of the nearly eight-minute long record, “Control” will not be featured on Big Sean’s sophomore album due to sample issues. According to Big Sean, he could have either delayed the release of Hall Of Fame in the hopes that the sample would be cleared or he could pass up on featuring the record on the album altogether and instead release it to fans separately.
“I wanted it to be a part of the album, but unfortunately weak shit happens all the time. It happened on my first album and this is one of the songs I really made an effort to make good and I wanted to have a snapping ass song, eight-minute song on my album,” he explained. “So, the sample, they was like ‘Yo, basically it came down to you either gonna have to push your shit back to have this song or we gonna try and figure the sample out.’ Or you know I was like ‘Fuck it, I’ll hold it.’ But then I was like I can’t hold this song. It’s something special, so I just dropped it…I knew what it was for the culture of Hip Hop.”
Hall Of Fame is currently set for release on August 27.