Kendrick Lamar’s verse on Big Sean’s song “Control” has generated response songs from B.o.B., Lupe Fiasco, Joell Ortiz and Cassidy. Joe Budden, Fabolous, Meek Mill and others have also commented on the song on social media, a positive development according to Jay Electronica, who delivers the third and final verse on “Control.”
“I like the song and the stir it’s causing,” Jay Electronica says during an interview with REVOLT. “It’s good for Rap music.”
While Jay Electronica says he was pleased with the finished version of “Control,” he says that he worked on the initial version of the song.
“A month or two ago, Big Sean asked me to be on this record with him for his album,” he says. “He had a demo hook on it at the time. I did my verse and sent it back. I found out a couple days before it was released that Kendrick had put a verse on it.”
Kendrick Lamar’s verse includes a passage where he says he is trying to outperform his rhyming friends. "I'm usually homeboys with the same niggas I'm rhymin' with," Kendrick Lamar says on the song. "But this is Hip Hop and them niggas should know what time it is. That goes for Jermaine Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Wale, Pusha T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake, Big Sean, Jay Electron[ica], Tyler[, the Creator], Mac 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 Sean’s forthcoming Hall Of Fame album is slated for an August 27 release, but will not feature “Control” due to sample-clearance issues, as per REVOLT.
Despite the potential inflammatory nature and potency of Kendrick Lamar’s verse, Big Sean said he was comfortable with the lyrics he had already recorded. “When I heard that verse I was like ‘Man, I’m not about to go back and change my verse. That’s cheating,’” he said during an interview with Vibe.com. “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. You know what I’m saying? That ain’t how Gs 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.”