Compton emcee Kendrick Lamar further commented on his much-discussed “Control” verse during an appearance on the late night talk show “Chelsea Lately” as he spoke on his desire to “annihilate” his lyrical competitors.
Kendrick again stated that he has no qualms with the artists he called out on “Control” and also shared some brief insight into the competitive nature of Hip Hop. Among the artists the rapper called out on his “Control” verse were A$AP Rocky, Drake, Big K.R.I.T., and the song’s creator, Big Sean.
“A lot of the cats that I named, they actually good friends of mines,” Kendrick revealed. “I basically wanted to show that I’m competitive…But when you in that booth, you have to be able to annihilate whoever out there. And that keeps the level of Hip Hop alive, as far as the culture.”
As Kendrick broke down the need for competition in Hip Hop, he compared the genre to a game of basketball as he spoke on the competitiveness of athletes like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James and how that compares to Hip Hop artists.
“So, before music I wanted to be Michael Jordan,” said Kendrick. “No, seriously. But like you said, I’m a small guy. I only grew to 5’6. It deferred my dreams to actually writing rhymes…So, I have a lot of insight on hooping. Whether you know it or not. I know looks may be deceiving.”
Thanks to a handful of radio appearances this week, Kendrick finally had the opportunity to speak on his “Control” verse. He explained the reasoning behind his king of New York mention and even revealed the name of the artist he feels put forth the best response record.