Kendrick Lamar’s highly-praised addition to Big Sean’s “Control” may go down as a verse that sparked more of a social media war than a lyrical one. A number of Hip Hop veterans including Big Daddy Kane and Virginia rapper Skillz expressed their disbelief with rappers turning to Twitter rather than the studio upon hearing Kendrick’s “Control” verse. And Maybach Music Group spitter Meek Mill has become the latest artist to question why there was such a delay when it concerned artist’s responses to “Control.”
During an interview with Jay Z’s Life + Times, Meek Mill revealed that there’s no need to wait for an album to drop or meticulously plan out a response when an artist is called out on a record.
“Where I come from, somebody say ya name in a rap you get back at ‘em,” Meek explained. “Like you don’t wait til ya album come out. You don’t try to do no chess moves bullshit, no. If you rap, you get back at ‘em. And I don’t know what’s taking other niggas [so] long to get back at ‘em. These niggas be soft though…Nas say ‘Jay Z.’ Jay Z come at Nas. Kiss say ‘Beans.’ Beans come at him. Niggas go to the radio station and rap. I don’t know about all this new shit that’s going on.”
Meek went on to again express his “respect” for Kendrick Lamar, but didn’t seem as amiable when speaking on Cassidy, an artist he’s traded diss records with for quite some time. The Dreams And Nightmares rapper seemed particularly vexed when asked about Cassidy referencing the late Addarren “Lil Snupe” Ross on “Catch A Body.”
On “Catch A Body,” Cassidy raps, “I ain’t broke chill, man I’m still worth a few mill/You remind me of Sisqo from Dru Hill/Fuck how you feel, you got Lil Snupe killed/And you only ride out on two wheels.” Lil Snupe was killed just months ago in Winnfield, Louisiana; he signed to Meek Mill’s Dream Chasers Records last year.
“I be going back and forth with Cassidy. I just do it cause I like that shit. I don’t earn nothing from coming at no Cassidy. I’m just having fun…I don’t gotta drop a diss rap to keep you popping. No, let’s let you die down. You know what I mean? Matter of fact, wake up, ‘I feel like coming at him today’…Yeah, that’s some bitch ass shit,” said Meek when asked about the Lil Snupe reference on “Catch A Body.” “You a bitch ass nigga. Don’t be talking about nobody that’s dead cause when you see me you ain’t gonna talk like that. So, why talk like that on a track? That’s disrespectful. Say if I see you one of my homies disrespect you. I ain’t gonna be able to hold nobody back. I ain’t holding nobody back. You sitting here talking about a dead man. I ain’t got nothing to do with it.
Meek recently released diss records aimed at both Kendrick Lamar and Cassidy with “Ooh Kill Em” and “Kendrick You Next.” Cassidy’s “Catch A Body” served as the Philly rapper’s response to Meek’s “Kendrick You Next.”