Drake Says He's Done With Kendrick Lamar's "Control" Verse

Drake reveals that he once considered releasing a verse similar to Kendrick Lamar's "Control" verse, but felt it would put him in a box.

During a recent interview with Los Angeles’ Power 106, Drake was asked to share his thoughts on fellow emcee Kendrick Lamar’s much-praised verse on Big Sean’s “Control.” The Young Money wordsmith revealed that he’s “done” with the record and feels the song and Kendrick’s verse had their moment.

Along with Big K.R.I.T., Pusha T, and several others, Drake was among a handful of artists to be personally called out by Kendrick on his “Control” verse. Ironically, the Nothing Was The Same rapper says he too once considered calling out his fellow emcees on a record, but opted against it since he felt that such a record would put him in a box.

“I’m probably like as done as the rest of the world is with that record,” Drake said. “I think it came and it went. And not to discredit it. It was a good moment, but at the end of the day it’s just like—it was one of those sort of like fleeting Twitter frenzies that like—it was cool for what it was. My thing is I like lasting power. I feel like he made a decision, you know what I’m saying? And it was a decision to make. He was like ‘Man, I’m either gonna go for this moment because I know it’s gonna be a big moment or I’m gonna take heed to the fact that I have real relationships and I’m gonna like not do that.’ Cause I’ll be real, I thought of doing that before. I thought ‘Man, it’d be crazy if I just went off on everybody.’ But it’s just kinda like, 'Ah, where does it really get me? Then what? Then every time I rap people are gonna expect me to be confrontational and when I’m not then it’s not entertaining?' It’s like it kinda puts you in a box a bit. I don’t know if I necessarily respect it.”

Drake later offered up kudos to Kendrick and his artistry, but seemed unsure if the rapper would be able to secure any features from the artists he called out on “Control.”

“He’s talented as fuck," Drake said. "He’s gonna have another album and another opportunity to take the world by storm again. So, he’ll be alright. Even if it doesn’t feature any of the names he mentioned, which it probably won’t, to be honest with you. I don’t know who’s gonna go back from that and be like, ‘Yeah, let’s link up.’ Nah, but he’ll be alright."

As far as a Kendrick and Drake collab is concerned, the Canadian artist stated that he’s good for now and is instead focused on his own music.

Drake’s interview with Power 106 can be found below (via HotNewHipHop).

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  • Anonymous

    Drake is killing this chipmunk in sales so who cares about some lame verse that isn't even accurate.

  • Ed

    It wasn't even that serious, it wasn't said out of hatred. To say you don't want to work with a dude anymore because he said he wants to be better than you is retarded.

  • jmac

    drake just mad that he "supposedly" had the same idea and didnt run with it to be honest. his mentality on this is basically "i didnt do it first so let me throw shade on it"

  • jmac

    8i fuck with drake but hes a fuckin idiot, hes grabbing at the air tryna low key throw anything in kendricks ways to discredit him and what he did. he know damn well none of those artist took offense to what he said. everybody gave props where they were due. and it definitely dont place kendrick in a box. sales of his last ulbum and his twitter following went up after that, he gained more fans because people respect him. drake needs to just say "yea he killed that shit" shut the fuck up and keep it moving

  • Anonymous

    Kendrick's the fag who thinks he's so good after one fucking album that he can call out all these names and say he's gonna destroy their fanbases lol give ur head a shake people, not too mention drake had Kendrick on his album before anyone knew who the fuck he was then he turns around and say shit like that? Don't bite the hand that feeds you, we were all taught that from a young age

  • Anonymous

    Obviously Drake FANS HERE THEY DONT KNOW WHAT Hip Hop is... pac did it with biggie drakes fan are just hating cuz kendricks bringing that bak..research k.dots past i watch that motherfucker grow to what he is now if u guys were fans from day 1 u would know it aint all of a sudden..!!!!

  • dfh

    man Drake's so butt hurt, no one Kendrick named cares, they've all said it. If kendrick wants features with these guys he could get them. Drake's mad that he had the same idea, didnt do it and then when kendrick did it everyone freaks out.. he's mad jealous and its super transparent.

  • Drakes Gay

    Is it me or is Drake starting to sound hella gay in these interviews? I lost respect for Drake over the Kendrick shit, this nigga really took that verse to heart which lets me know this dude ain't got no bars... This nigga don't want to see that Bar raised high, he ain't tryna jump and get it he better off trying to skydive; out the exit window of 5 G5's with 5 grand. Sincerly, Drakes Gay

  • Anonymous

    basically, drake don't have it in him to battle rap. he ain't built for that and admits it. no suprise here folks

  • Anonymous

    check out reverbnation/crownking

  • Terrill

    Drake music is dope, but its getting kind of soft. He needs something rugged to stay on top. He's more R/B than Hip Hop. Follow me on twitter and comment.

    • g

      What are you talking about getting? He has been soft and I don't think he denies it. What's the problem? Why does everybody have to be hard? Sounds kind of fruity to me.

  • Swoooosh

    Drake didn't release his 'control' track because he is afraid that he has nobody to collabo with. So he will have to carry the songs by himself. That thought alone made him mad scared.

  • Anonymous

    drake murdered kendrick on poetic shit. kendrick was rapping like he was sittin on the toilet, FACT!

    • Ricardo

      Well Kendrick does say he's the toilet when he Rhymes and if he's the shit then he declines.. LOL

    • Anonymous

      he didnt murder shit. besides, it was a track that has nothing to do with battling or out-rapping each other. fuck outta here. ill take your bitch ass and drake's bitch ass when he releases that "response" he made and see if he really does murder him

  • Greg

    I think Drake & Manziel are going to be the new power couple, he was already a huge star but having a star QB as his new boyfriend is going to excel him even further. Just imagine what a gay couple can do in this day & age. I love it, so excited.

    • Anonymous

      Actually, I generally just see gay comments on Drake pages, fucking gross stuff from homosexual fans of his. It's not on other artist song pages, not sure why so many people still even listen to him with his gay fanbase. It makes me fucking sick.

    • WTF

      Your an Idiot you trolls call everyone Gay..grow up loser

  • Anonymous

    Yall quit saying Drake didn't understand the message... He does understand he was just trying to boost hip hop... You guys are acting like you know everything bout these two niggas. HOP OFF BOTH THEM DICK RIDERS

  • Lasting Power

    I honestly think the only new rappers that really have the potential to be still relevant in a decade are drake and kendrick lamar

  • Mr.Woodall

    I cant believe this dude's head is really starting to swell the fuck up. Reaching Lil Wayne's level of fame[NOT THAT I GIVE 2 FUCK'S BOUT THAT PUSSY]. But then for him to take Kendrick's verse the way he did. What the fuck bruh. I cant believe I bought your fucking album you butt hurt Canadian maple leaf!!!!

    • Anonymous

      Who cares what he thought about it, what does that have to do with you buying his album?? what are you kendricks brother or something that if he doesn't feel the same about the verse you get you panties in knot?? Chill out dude you sound like a bitch.

  • 90ou

    well yes u have to be train to chase old laddies and ride skate borads naked lol

  • 90ou

    well rapper the game tore up 6 high ways writeing on signs to sneak and kill 50 cent while mtv records it and says nothing

  • chilly

    bet money aubrey still do a song with him or two tho after this loll.. anyways, check out the beats nigguhs & stop playing - soundcloud.com/tha_chiller

  • hush

    The thing is, Drake fans dont give a fuck about bars, or lyrical ability, or passion on the mic, or any of the things that make Kendrick such a hero in hip hop today. Kendrick is loved by so many people because hes like a classic MC in the modern era of rap. He can throw down verses on the mic that stretch beyond the stereotypical that is so prevalent in todays hip hop. Drake fans have no concept of what an MC is supposed to be. They just want whatever melodramatic, anticlimactic, sub par, depressing shit Drake continually puts out just because its him. If Kdot had truly dissed Drake on Control and Drake did nothing about it he wouldnt lose a single fan because his fans dont understand beef, or the spirit of hip hop, and worse, they dont care to.

    • @anonymous

      more diverse than kendrick?? you ever heard drake make political or socially conscious tracks on the level of kendrick? NO! kendrick goes far beyond drake when it comes to having substance in his raps and talking about things in the world that actually matters. drake just makes soft simp tracks about women, relationships, generic shit about money and material things and him feeling lonely in the industry. you never heard drake make a track like heaven & hell or ignorance is bliss or the art of peer pressure or hiiipower. fuck outta here!

    • Anonymous

      I'm a Drake fan and everything you said is Bullshit drake is a really good song writing and is waaaay more diverse than Kendrick so nice try maybe you should clean out your ear drums and listen properly.

    • nope

      im a dake and kendrick lamar fan and i care about everything you said i supposedly dont. so gtfo with that shit

    • Anonymous

      Drake is a mix of a swag rapper and an emo rapper, that's probably also why he's quite popular.

  • heat

    Kendrick is obviously better that Drake on every level, but the constant plugging of the control verse is so annoying. Its not as good as everyone has made it out to be.

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    • Come On

      I disagree Kendrick is not better than Drake they are different in every way, So really you cannot compare them just cause they are both Hip Hop artist doesn't mean they are the same Genre of hip hop SMH.

  • OneEyeIsTheKing

    I don't understand how any of you can compare Drake to Kendrick Lamar. Drake is not on that level now and never will be. He didn't release a control verse because he's not capable of spitting that kind of heat. I am so sick of you people praising this guy. Drake is a fad he will not withstand the test of time.

    • hellno

      except each of kendrick's last 4 albums/mixtapes, along with everything his crew has put out, has individually been better than drake's entire catalog

    • Anonymous

      I think you people overate Kendrick just like people overate Drake they are Both Good at they're style and technically Drake has more staying power because he is way more Diverse than Kendrick Drake done it now for three albums so before you anoint Kendrick the King or that he's better than Drake lets see how his next few albums do, You see you have it wrong Kendricks not on Drakes level when he has Drakes accolades then you can talk, Your obviously being biased and not putting facts into consideration.

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    • Anonymous

      @Anonymous: So why is drake not bigger than Kendrick besides your favoritism, What has Kendrick done or Have that Drake Hasn't done or have???

    • Anonymous

      Drake is not better than Kendrick at all.

  • Drake is a Liar

    Drake's 5 a.m. in Toronto is basically the same thing as Control except it doesn't name names. He basically started the whole thing and now since he got blown out by Kendrick in terms of competition he wants to distance himself from it.

  • Hiphophead9

    lol, Drake don wanna jump on a song with Kendrick cause he don wanna get the same treatment Big Sean got... Insecure ass rappers these days

  • Anonymous

    This nigga don't even know the concept of the "Control" record. Its not like he was on some 2Pac Hit em up shit and like fuck everybody. its was about competition from other rappers. Drake needs to shut it cause Kendrick Lamar is gonna bring some Pac shit to his ass if he keep taking subliminal messages at K Dot.

  • Prick James

    Sounds bitter as fuck and a little butthurt.

  • Anonymous

    it means this guys not on the competitive side of hip hop and wants to cater to his core fans. Fool thinks its a diss. Step your bars up is all it is. it aint for a minute type of deal. even Mr.T been saying it for a while and i think he talking about you. He even said he thought about doing a verse like it. He didn't cause he didn't want to be put in a box ? LoL its because the sucka wouldn't now how to to deal with it. and i 100 percent guarentee that drake would of went off in the wrong direction of a diss and would have been a bitch to deal with it so he backed up off it and said, i'm a bitch out r

  • JBurnz

    Just from reading the transcript, Drake "kinda like" seems real insecure, trying to take a stand. His is good. He's doing his thing, obviously confrontation is not his thing. He's Canadian, they don't really deal with murder. Kendrick is like 5'5" but he's from LA so being aggressive fits his style better. Anyway, different artists, Drake is softer, but good beats and heartfelt lyrics.

  • Anonymous

    This faggot talks alot

  • Drake runs rap

    drake made kendrick no1 was checking for kendrick till drake did a verse with him on poetic justice which drake killed kendrick in. Drake made kendrick he made asap with out drake all these rappers are no bodies. Drake runs this rap shit.

    • SMFH

      ^ Kendrick was already well-known before that song came out, so no.

    • nope

      drake put kendrick on buried alive before gkmc even came out..

    • Anonymous

      kendrick is right on drakes heels dog. he only made 1.5 milli less than drake

    • Kendrick Runs Hip-Hop

      Tell me this, how come Kendrick's first single Swimming Pools went platinum & his single with Drake only went gold?? I'm 110% positive people were checking for K Dot before Drake hopped on the bandwagon.

    • Kendrick Runs Hip-Hop

      I love Drake fans! They are so delusional, it's actually pretty funny. Let's forget that Kendrick already had a buzz & was signed to Dr. Dre before Drake was on his single.

  • Anonymous

    Lol, this guy really took that as a diss. This guy acted like Kendrick burned bridges with everyone he mentioned on the track or something. Drake should be happy he mentioned him on the song, Kendrick was saying that these rappers are his friends, peers, rappers who are running game right now as far as new gen artist; but that he's trying to be the better than them. That's hip-hop for you Drake, it's the most competitive genre of music. I think someone is feeling pretty envious of KDot because he's stealing the shine away from him. I think he's mad because Control was talked about more than Drake's 2nd single from NWTS. I think he's scared that he's going to have to stop singing & actually start killing some bars or people are going to stop listening to him.

  • That Kid With the C

    Drake sounds scared.

  • Anonymous

    this dude is soooo butt hurt over this verse hahaha cause no one gave one fuck about drakes and he was tryin to keep up wtih kendrick on that shit. He mad one verse has made more waves and discussion in hip hop than his entire career.

  • Money First

    You know I had no problem with Drake at first but that was a real BITCH type reply...Real HOLLYWOOD!! Dog you was supposed laugh that shit off and keep it movin.' Kendrick did that shit to get the music better...The shit has been down the tubes for a long, long time and he was just helping to revive it so the smart answer would have been "I get why he said the shit..it was cool...let's make some damn music!"

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like Drizzy get his feelings hurt, lil fake white Canadian maple ass bitch.

  • Mustafah Jefferson

    Why didnt Kendrick Lamar respond to that new guy Snake Hollywood who dissed him while on a song with AB-Soul? The song is called Choke. http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/singles/id.25518/title.Snake+Hollywood+f.+Ab-Soul-Choke


    Damn what a bitch, can't handle one bit of friendly competition. He knows he hasn't got real bars like that.

  • Anonymous

    Drake still catching feelings about Kendricks verse, shit.

  • anon

    he really got Butthurt!!!

  • imho

    drake knows kendrick would destroy him on record. he needs to stick to singning and making nice records

  • RGeezy

    This dude is strictly for the nerds, no real cats bump this wannabee r&b rapper.

  • vriberg

    Drake doesn't want to challenge krit or kendrick, he knows they're too good for his limited talent

  • Kruszy

    Drake is not good enough to release something as good as mbdtf or gkmc

  • qff

    kendrick was right, nobody topped gkmc and drake is no exception

  • ze

    nwts is so bad... I wish drake would stop rapping lol

  • gghenry

    drake is a hoe, step ur game up if you want to challenge kdot

  • Rachael Crabill

    until I saw the paycheck which was of $9068, I be certain ...that...my mom in-law had been realie taking home money in there spare time from there new laptop.. there brothers friend has done this for less than eight months and resently paid the loans on there house and bought a great Honda. read the article... WWW.Fb39.com

  • BOY

    KenDICK LAME-ar is a petty ass nigga. He cant confront none of the rappers he mentioned The pinhead-lookin nigga would get jumped easily by Weezy and his BLOODS. Wayne IS a fuckin Blood unlike KenDICK who be claimin Piru. Triple OG Rodgers even approved of Wayne The streets love Wayne. He is the KIGN of HIP HOP!

  • BOY

    Everybody & they moms know Drizzy Drake would MURDER, TERMINATE & ANNIHILATE the fuck out of KenDICK LAME-ar on a rap song. EASILY! NWTS >>>> GKMC DEDICATION 5 >>>>> GKMC Lil Wayne is and forever will be the KIGN of HIP HOP YMCMB!

  • Anonymous

    Young money "wordsmith" (Dr Evil Voice) RIIIIIGHT....

  • da commanda

    HipHopDX please get off Drake's johnson...3 of the featured stories say "Drake says" or something similar...he is no authority on anything but being soft and scared of beef...does Young Money and OVO pay you guys for coverage???

  • dndjf

    Put Kendrick in a box ha Quit fronting the language def bout kdot Fuck going platinum looked at my wrist its already platinum Light skin nigga please U soft I wonder how many times a day this bitch cries

  • JB

    Aubrey doesn't want to be put in a box. He prefers the asshole.

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  • bevis n butt head

    hey look its beyonce uhuhuhuuhhuh. woa she just got hit by a car cool lets pee on her uhuhuuhuhuhuu pee on it uhuhuuhuu

  • Anonymous

    Kendrick wasn't even dissing anyone, you punk bitches.

  • deez

    This guy is too sensitive. It was a verse Kendrick did. That's all, he didnt put it out as a single and he didnt diss anybody. Geez man. this guy

  • Anonymous

    Drake's feelings are hurt over that control verse. I brought you on tour my nigga. Why you gonna call me out like that?

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  • Anonymous

    Drake is the only cat in mainstream rap who fucks with the battle leagues. The rest are scared. If it comes down to it, call Organik, set up a battle between Drake and Kendrick, that shit would change the game.

  • Ducks

    That Kendrick verse make feel some type of way. Man drake is talking real slick. If I was Kendrick I would diss the shit out of him now. Drake act like every song Kendrick do is on that tip. Kendrick got music for everbody and every situation. This dude is acting real pussy like.

  • benben

    Drake no offense but obviously no one was offended considering that everybody is still cool with him, and was honored to be mentioned in the verse. I mean He was featured with Pusha T, Big KRIT felt honored, Mac Miller still hangs with TDE so obviously yes, A$AP Rocky is another friend of TDE, Wale said he felt honored, Only one I would be worried about is meek mill which I doubt is serious, but still a possibility. Besides that everybody cool.

  • Keith

    You can tell Drake feels some kind of way about that verse.

  • drakeisdumb

    Pusha T and Kendrick dropped nosetalgia right after that.. and nobody is as butthurt about the verse as Drake and Meek Mill 2 of the gayest bitches in the rap game

  • Anonymous

    These idiots STILL think Kendrick was dissing people...

  • JRich

    Drake's lightskinnedness really shows every time he talks about this verse.

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