Before Kendrick Lamar recorded his verse on “Control,” the song featured verses from Jay Electronica and Big Sean. When Sean decided to leave “Control” off of his album, Hall of Fame, Electronica wanted the track for his own release.
“It was me and Big Sean,” Electronica said in an interview with VIBE. “We had verses on there. Then when he told me it wasn’t on his album, I was going to use on my album. And then he told me the day before it came out, ‘Yo, Kendrick put a verse on there. We’re gonna put it out.’ I was like, ‘Go ahead. Go, go, go.’ But it’s a good thing. It’s a good thing for Hip Hop music because Hip Hop has been laying dormant for a long time. Peace to the young gods, Kendrick Lamar, TDE, Ab-Soul, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Joey Bada$$. Peace to the young gods.”
Electronica has spoken about Kendrick Lamar’s verse on “Control” in the past.
“When I heard that verse I was like ‘Man, I’m not about to go back and change my verse,’” Electronica said during an interview with Vibe.com. “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. 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 trying to protect myself.”
Jay Electronica also answered questions about the release date for his long-awaited album, reportedly titled Act II: Patents of Nobility.
“The album comes out on the day that it comes out,” he said.
The interview can be viewed below.