Kendrick Lamar Explains "Control" Lyrics, "King Of New York" Line

Kendrick Lamar spoke with Los Angeles radio station Power 106 about his performance on Big Sean's "Control" and how he wants to "leave a mark as great as Biggie, as great as Pac."

Kendrick Lamar says that he was not aware that his verse on Big Sean’s “Control” would generate the amount of interest it did when it was released earlier this month.

"Honestly I didn't know it would be so much speculation behind it,” Kendrick Lamar says during an interview with Los Angeles radio station Power 106. “I just wanted to rap. If anybody knows me doing music, I wanna just rap."

In addition to saying on “Control” that he was trying to murder J. Cole, Drake, Big Sean and a host of other rappers, he also referred to himself as a descendant of late rapper Tupac Shakur.

"I'm Makaveli's offspring," Lamar raps on "Control," likely referring to Tupac Shakur's 1996 release as Makaveli, The Don Killuminati (The 7 Day Theory). "I'm the King of New York, King of the Coast, one hand, I juggle them both." 

Several New York rappers, including Raekwon and Papoose, said that Kendrick Lamar’s claim was unwarranted.

During his Power 106 interview, Kendrick Lamar says that the "King Of New York" lyric was misinterpreted.

“The irony of that line is that the people that actually understood it and got it was the actual kings of New York,” Kendrick Lamar says. “Me sitting down with them this past week, and them understanding that it's not about actually being the King of whatever Coast. It's about leaving a mark as great as Biggie, as great as Pac."

In the interview snippet above, Power 106 says it will air the rest of radio host Big Boy’s interview with Kendrick Lamar tomorrow (August 28) at 10:20 am EST.

RELATED: Kendrick Lamar Says He's "Trying To Murder" Drake, J. Cole, Wale On Big Sean's "Control"


  • hassan fornah

    i need lyrics please

  • Meiaa

    Lamar is a humbled dude, he was humble before blowing up rapwise. You can tell by his persona. Opinion.

  • Anonymous

    kendrick will never have a album like the eminem show he cant top till i collapse .. no way his album ever goes diamond

  • lee

    I feel sorry for yall young hiphop fans. Your ignorance is glaring and the best you guys will probably experience in life is seeing a rapper perform a dope verse at their concert. SAD!!!! Yall need to go read a book!! The young kid is on an intellectual level that you guys cannot appreciate. ---Should have paid attention in English class kiddies!!!

  • jturner

    thought ht wae overrated, not anymore. that gkmc album changed my mind, dude is on top right now, no doubt.

  • crazy

    dan downloaded his album this afternoon... I need to buy that shit, I now understand why it's the most acclaimed album since MBDTF... URE FIRE

  • vg

    I finally gave gkmc a listen, damn it blew my mind :o this era of rap really has something great after all !

  • colemaid

    not a big fan of this generation but I have to admit that kendrick is slowly making it into my top 10... of all time. that complex flow is out of thiworld, it reminds me of Andre 3000 at his very best.

  • Anonymous

    "Get Rich Or Die Trying" Only 2 good songs on that overrated piece of shit.

    • Kizman

      01. Intro n/a 02. What up Gangsta 4.5 03. Patiently Waiting 5 04. Many Men (Wish Death) 5 05. In da Club 5 06. High All the Time 5 07. Heat 5 08. If I Can't 5 09. Blood Hound 3.5 10. Back Down 4.5 11. P.I.M.P. 3 ( the snoop dogg remix is 10x better) 12. Like My Style 2 13. Poor Lil Rich 2.5 14. 21 Questions 5 15. Don't Push Me 5 16. Gotta Make It to Heaven 3 4.25/5 avg

  • Anonymous

    he's an ok rapper. He will NEVER be a next big or pac though!

  • fon Z

    Since the Original King of NY, Biggie Smalls, is not here with us... there's only 3 rappers who can claim that throne... JayZ, NAS, 50 Cent. You need at least 3 Classic Albums to be in the run... p.s. ...and fuck Rick Ross! Garbage ass rapper. I got more love for Pitbull then that nigga!

  • Anonymous

    Kendrick is tryna get paid? He cant respond to every diss by lil dirty niggas like Papoose. He would be doing Papoose a favor by battling him. Pap a angry bum, looking for a come up. Sure hes better with lyrics but his flow is GARBAGE. Lets all give Pap the what? In 2 months Pap will be back at square 1... GHOST, UNKNOWN, MAD AT THE DJ's, stuck on the BK STREETS.

  • Edna N. Guy

    my buddy's ex-wife makes $77/hour on the laptop. She has been fired for six months but last month her pay check was $21524 just working on the laptop for a few hours. see this... Shut up @huh? Lupe's response was creative and most diverse. And he wasn't even trying! Lupe is still dope have you heard F&LII? Production was crappy but still Lu always delivers lyrically.

  • Lorraine N. Smith

    my neighbor's aunt makes $77/hr on the computer. She has been without a job for nine months but last month her pay check was $17822 just working on the computer for a few hours. go to website... Not to mention, Ross is from Carol City, the meanest part of Miami. He ran with the Boobie Boys (the gang that ran Miamis drug scene) and Ross was KENNETH BOOBIE WILLIAMS' FUCKING PROTEGE for godsakes

  • Anonymous

    "Sorry to tell ya but Ross does not have one classic" Neither does 50.

  • What

    Man if he said it he shouldbnt take nothing back, let niggaz step their game up, he fired the first warming shot now let see if he can hold it down, to much of these rapper out here is running around with souljah boy crew stright trash, i want see niggaz flowing and showing improve


  • Ricky Rozay

    Rick Ross haters are by far the worst They like to bring up the fact that hes fat (which means nothing), and the fact that he was a CO when he was NINETEEN while conveniently overlooking the fact that he blew up in 06 (when he was 30), so while they like to say he is the fakest rapper ever, and he never sold dope, they themselves have to no proof for that claim. Really? You were alongside him for 11 years, and you know for a FACT that he didnt slang? Doubt that, specially when real niggaz from Miami vouch for him. Theres so many real niggaz that have vouched for Ross over the years, outside the rap game Not to mention, Ross is from Carol City, the meanest part of Miami. He ran with the Boobie Boys (the gang that ran Miamis drug scene) and Ross was KENNETH BOOBIE WILLIAMS' FUCKING PROTEGE for godsakes Also, Meek is BY FAR the realest nigga in rap (this is not up for a debate). Do you think hed not only work with Ross, but be Ross' right hand man if he thought for one second Ross was a fake? Also, Chief Keef is a real nigga (how long is his rap sheet, specially for a 17 y/o), and hes worked with Ross. Bawse!!

    • Anonymous

      Dude, no one cares. Rick Ross, doesn't have bars. Rick Ross has candy bars. No flow, the vocabulary of a retarded 15 year old hoodrat, and an ego. Fuck off with that.

  • J. Christ

    The real King of both coasts is my son Tim Teabow. He proved to be the savior of the Broncos and he helped bring down the Jets. Hail God's son!

  • Se7en

    I'm officially off this dude! Nigga call names and then back track on what he said. "He just wana rap" GTFOH!!!

  • Anonymous

    if you have to explain your raps you've failed, leave it to interpretation thats whats music is about and thats what makes it personnel. all these niggaz with their responses.....thats what your supposed to do anyway! thats rap? getting all touchy like a bunch of fuckin girls. you prob wouldnt take note if kendrick hadn't out sold your asses with a new approach to writing rap songs, improving song structure and releasing records that people care about rather than this 'did someone say molly?....lets all rap about molly and use the same dam catch phrases as everyone else it aint street its just yall stuck on fuckin repeat!!!!!

  • benben

    HOW LONG are you guys going to still go about saying old school rappers name compared to Kendrick? This is new school, he will never compare to old school because he doesn't have the experience they have! It makes no sense to compare them when they are in two different eras, two different styles, and one is a rookie while the other is legend or close to legend status. Plus whoever said Royce da 5'9 is basic is an idiot.

  • Robbin Tanks 4 Ammo

    Cassidy and Meek should realize that Black Thought is the king of their city! Papoose should realize that he had an album 12 years in the making -HA! Plus some wack songs

    • Justin Case

      If you base it purely on catalogue, off music alone, Black Thought is the undisputed. If you factor in street image, getting arrested and that kinda nonsense you could say Sigel. If it's someone who talks a lot but barely puts out any music it's Gillie.

    • Papoose got held back too long...shame

      Yea Black Thought is dope Sigel could claim it as well. Cassidy is a nice mc but he aint on their level Meek is wack as fuck

  • Taliban

    This cat is a weirdo

  • fucktards

    Kendrick quoted a line from Kurupt and the industry's most unknown rappers misconstrued it.

  • Anonymous

    All the wack folk got offended.

  • Anonymous

    this dude has skill but the problem is that he's not a star.

    • DaMamba

      Ayo in case you live under a rock or in ya "golden era of hip-hop way back in the 90's" mindset....Kendrick overall is the new star of hip-hop. Dude's got the most hyped verse of the year, an acclaimed debut album, and he was part of that whole circus act at the VMA's with Robin Thicke, Miley Trash, and 2 Chainz (though to son's credit, he was the one normal lookin dude there). If he ain't a star in hip-hop then nobody in the new school is.

  • Anonymous

    Smart words by the new King of New York!!!


  • Anonymous

    sounds like he is covering his ass here but the kid is dope



  • Anonymous

    Nigga, the true kings of new york didn't have to say shit, coz the NY got soldiers that handle pricks like you. You say you just want to rap. Then rap nigga. What? Niggas done ripped your ass into pieces, and this is how you respond? I thought you was lyrically superior, what's going on now baby? Can't handle the soldiers?

    • Dnt mata

      fuck yall bitches who tlk shit bout kendrick if u want to shut im up than b something greater than him

    • benben

      Lupe Fiasco's wasn't lame.

    • DaMamba

      Ayo, all of the responses were weak as fuck except for Joel's, your "soldiers" like Papoose took Kendrick's verse and ran with that shit for some publicity. Plus how you gonna have Kendrick respond to like 30 desperate ass niggas?

  • Rozay

    Lets compare 50 and Rozay catalog. port of miami = great trilla = great deeper than rap = classic Teflon Don = classic GFID = classic GRODT = classic the massacre = average Curtis = garbage BISD = garbage. 50 stans keep talkin bout numbers, the music is whats important and Ross has released better shit than 50. Bawse!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      but numbers is what matters and people wouldn't by no trash album so go back in do some research lol

    • RIAA

      port of miami = garbage trilla = garbage deeper than rap = average Teflon Don = great GFID = average GRODT = classic the massacre = classic Curtis = average BISD = average.

    • Randall Graves

      Rick Ross fans exist? I'm not even a 50 stan but I never knew someone thought his music was decent. Why don't you listen to a rapper who isn't a former cop and see if you'll change your mind.

    • Anonymous

      Sorry to tell ya but Ross does not have one classic..Nice try though lol

  • Gaingreen

    NY rap is weak right now. Think about it who is holding it down? Im not talking about older rapper im talking next gen? A$AP Rocky has a southern Flow.A$AP Ferg sounds like Bone Thugs all you have is Joey BadA$$. Cassidy Mills Ortiz Papose have been in the game way longer then Kenderick and havent had his success. You cannot deny he has a fan base you cannot deny HIS First album is platinum in a era where that doesn't happen all the time. Kendrick only spit a verse and ni**as came back with whole songs. 6 min diss tracks Buddens has two songs Ortiz came at him its a reaction off of one verse. Why did it take Kendrick calling you out to give out your best work. You should have been spitting like that way before Kendrick drop that verses.

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  • Robbin Tanks 4 Ammo

    Al these bitches never mentioned screaming and shouting like My sweet 16 B.S. All up and emotional This is hip hop,this is entertainment. Who's what, its all an opinion no facts HA!

  • Bury me a G

    This nigga is just overated His voice sounds like spongebob

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  • MAC

    is that nigga wearing makeup in that pic?!!



  • Gomay

    its not about how well you think his work is or this verse. The point is he challenged everybody that's been on this look at what i got bs look at what i smoke drink or whatever (simple sht) and said i dont care about your bread or fame ...where's your bars at? The only mfkas butt hurt are the ones that know they've been on that bullshit. He challenged mfkas to step their sht up PERIOD.

  • Golf Wang

    Tyler > Kendrick Kendrick is so overrated. Hes ok, his Maad City album was dope, but hes not gonna save Hip Hop. Hip Hop doesnt need to be saved. There are still tons of great rappers all over the place, people just want to dwell on the whack ones.

    • DOpematic

      Pidgeotto Go on and suck an aids infected penis and then sit on it, you'll learn a lesson AND die eventually u pokemon-lover fag...

    • Dopematic

      U saying Tyler only makes rat piss?? I guess u prefewr shit like French Montana or 2 CHainz u shitheaded ghetto scumbag...

    • ETK

      "tons of great rappers all over the place" and you go ahead and rate Tyler over Kendrick... smfh

    • pidgeotto

      nigga you stupid for even mentioning that fire hydrant or a rapper named tyler, the only thing dot nigga creates is rat piss...nigga kill yourself online once,then jump off the highest story in yo house, if you dont die then a lesson should be learned.

  • Anonymous

    lol man you people can switch up quickly

  • Anonymous

    Who gives a f*ck whether you think other albums, underground and/or otherwise, are better than GKMC or #section80? sometimes people need a bridge to open up their understanding of that type of music.

  • 789

    royce da 59 - basic rap

  • yo!

    trek life - hometown heroes mixtape ...better than maddcity

  • Anonymous

    the artifacts - thats them ron contour and factor - saffron apollo brown and hassaan mackey - daily bread all better than maddcity

  • ears lke D R

    method man albums are better than kendricks no one know what the tru essence off hip hop sounds like

  • hip hop saved my life

    kendrick like a introductory rapper hip hop is so much bigger than kendrick lamar nothing better then the underground

  • hip hop saved my life

    lupes first two albums are better than both section 80 and madcity kendrick aint the king of shit this is hip hop not just good music

    • YouSerious?

      I'd put Kendrick's material on par with Food and Liquor. Section 80 and GK spoke on a lot of shit, same as F&L and The Cool. Kendrick pulled off two dope concept albums, and rappers rarely do that now. (Props to Lupe for his concepts on The Cool, too)

    • gun di liro

      F&L is a classic and the Cool is very close. Many say the Cool also is. To say those albums are just good its obvious you're just riding Kendrick.

    • Anonymous

      Disagree, Lupe's were good but im sorry Section 80 and GK were classic

  • Anonymous

    mainstream albums have no essence , street records always better

  • Anonymous

    his music should sound like hiipower , the recipe , the jig is up , hol' up , fuck your ethnicity, rigamortus , and every schoolboy kendrick collab songs like bitch dont kill my vibe dont fly

  • Anonymous

    get off kendricks nuts he just a underground rapper turned rap star section 80 not even fully listenable let alone maddcity

  • Dubs

    I saw this earlier at w1lson dot net I'm with this kid bring hip hop back

  • amaterasu

    this nigga's fuckin gay. pap took his head off now he timid. haha he gon stay quiet now

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  • Anonymous

    shouldn't he had left lyrics like that for his own album or material? smh. why on big sean weak ass shit?

  • imho

    on top of that their wasnt one revelant person in NYC who responsed which just shows why my city is full of bitch rappers sure a bunch of NYC rappers beasted on that response like joell and couple others. but jayz nas fab few others shuold of came out swinging and ethered it but didnt. kendrick is that dude in rap right now

    • imho

      @ legendary- it dontmatter kendrick called out NY as a whole nas and Jay are from NY and should of had an issue w that statement wether or not kendrick upped them or not.

    • imho

      ok i guess relevant wasnt the best word to use. maybe popular or most known would of been better.


      jay and nas had no reason to respond because he gave them props when he said "who's the best mc kendrick, jigga and nas" and challenged everyone else

    • Harlem's Reckoning

      Your comment illustrates your complete lack of understanding of not only NY hip hop, but hip hop in general. Before you respond, identify what makes an MC relevant. Think hard too

  • imho

    kendrick can say that hes the king of whatever city until people in their cities actually step their bars up..hes running the rap game right now no matter who its against..and im live in NY

  • itdoesmatta

    ny nigguhs juss lookn for a reason ta spaazzz out. most aggressive city n da world

  • BARS

    his album sucks doesnt matter who good he can rap

  • Harlem's Reckoining

    Kendrick is an incredibly skilled MC who more or less caught a lot of cats off guard. I'm from NYC and I took no offense, I was raised with thicker skin than most and I can certainly recognize a diss when I hear it. If niggas want to take offense to something, there's a long list of wack shit out there to speak on or take offense to. You won't find Kendrick on any of those lists. However, shout out to the real who had the testicular fortitude to respond.

  • Anonymous

    pussy way out joell got in his ass it wont be a response lil nigga had too have THAT SITDOWN WITH YOU KNOW WHO KING HOV now you dick riders can fall back

  • SDK

    Picture plenty pussies throwing pellet guns at me Paranoia making it more than difficult for me to sleep Pinnacle, I know I be, centerfold, I know I got But they hate to frame me as the Mona Lisa of Hip-Hop So retaliation is a must, when we bend the block My niggas dump'n out the roof, Drive past, guns blast, shooting up the charts too Uh, me K-D-O-T, put TNT inside my suit Walk inside the label, struck a match, and then I blew, bomb C4 everywhere, C4 everywhere I got three whores with me, it smells like Dior and derrire Decoys die slow, you can detour to Heaven's stairs Or walk inside Hell's dungeon, I just might derail something They pussies, I smell something You douche on the daily, niggas, you pushin' up daisy I push the gas on the Mercedes, nigga Came in this game with a Rolie chain, and a dream Became reality, made some casualties, my choppers scream

  • SDK


  • Anonymous

    1 album in and he's totally infatuated with himself. Fall back rookie, and study the vets who have logged more time in than your young ass.

    • DaMamba

      How you gonna front about Jay like that? Dude was saying "The City is Mine" by his second album bruh.

    • kas

      ^^ Lol Cosign. The dude IS infatuated with himself. You never had Em or Jay talking about how great they were on interviews or songs. The PEOPLE talked about how good they were.

    • mad4noreason

      nigga av u ever seen a rapper thats not drunk on his own kool aid?

    • Anonymous

      You're acting like Good Kid Maad City is his only material, dude has waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay more than that, he aint a rookie but he's still young and hot and got a lot left to give before his career is done.

    • Anonymous

      You misunderstood what he said. He's not letting the fame get to his head like certain rappers.

  • Anonymous

    Checkout thegrandreport,they got some good hip hop videos on there

  • EddieFews

    I swear I wish he would of said " Fuck all hater. I am king of this shit. Who want it? " and hung up!


    Ohhhh man! I can't wait to see Drake's reaction when he finds out Rihanna been sleeping with EMINEM! He aint want war with Slim. He'll rap circles around Drake that he will cry to Wayne and beg to return to Degrassi. #facts


    Angela Yee from the Breakfast Club also was in a 3 way with EMINEM and ROYCE when she worked at Shade 45. They worked her out and when she wanted to stop, they fired her, hence her job at POWER105. #Factsonly


    I heard Big Sean and EMINEM had a three way with Ariana Grande. She came with Sean to Detroit and got that p***Y pounded. Mr Porter also hinted that it happened. This is also why she sings good cause EM and SEAN worked out her throat with jizzzzz

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