The controversy surrounding Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar’s verse on “Control” was again reawakened this week thanks to the airing of the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards. During the annual awards show, Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, and ScHoolboy Q took part in one of the show’s numerous cyphers and it was K-Dot’s verse that quickly garnered attention.
During his addition to the cypher, Kendrick rapped, “And nothing's been the same since they dropped 'Control'/And tucked a sensitive rapper back in his pajama clothes.” With the TDE emcee’s current rift with Young Money singer/rapper Drake, many assumed the mention was made in regards to the Canadian artist, but according to Kendrick he was merely having “fun” with his verse.
“That was just us having fun, as usual,” said Kendrick during a brief phone conversation with ScHoolboy Q and Sway of Sway In The Morning.
Prior to Q calling Kendrick, the Habits & Contradictions rapper was asked if he thinks Kendrick’s verse was aimed at Drake to which he replied, “I don’t know, man. I didn’t catch it until people said something about it. I still don’t think he got at Drake because we did that before the little incident.”
He also added that Kendrick’s verse was a spur of the moment addition and revealed that the rapper initially was not going to rap in the cypher.
ScHoolboy Q Says People Are “Digging Too Deep” Into The TDE Cypher
ScHoolboy Q was also asked if fellow TDE rapper Jay Rock’s verse was aimed at a particular artist. At that point, Q went on to state that people are “digging too deep” when it concerns TDE’s cypher at the BET Hip Hop Awards.
“I think that we dropped so many of them lines that people are now starting to catch anything we do,” said the rapper. “‘Oh, he’s talking about—.’ You know what I’m saying? So, nah. Everybody thought I dissed Jay Z when I said ‘What’s 50 grand to a mothafucka like me?’ I just said his line. So, people just digging too deep, but that was a shot at every rapper that have been throwing stones at us…These the same rappers that was dissing us or throwing our names in a verse or speaking of my homie, the same nigga that just asked me for a verse.”
ScHoolboy Q “Disappointed” With “Control” Responses
Q’s conversation with Sway then circled back to Kendrick’s verse on “Control” as the rapper addressed the response from his fellow emcees to K-Dot’s addition to the Big Sean record. The Oxymoron crafter also expressed his disappointment with those who put forth responses, since he felt that none of them were “really hot.”
“End of the day it’s us. We came in as us. We gonna stick together as us,” said Q. “We never was friends with rappers anyway. We cool with everybody. We respect everybody, but it was a rap [bar] that Kendrick dropped. I don’t see how they took it so personal. He named friends and shit. I mean, the king of New York thing, I probably would have went at somebody that said king of New York. I wouldn’t have did it on the same record he did it on with the same concept. That just means you’re not creative. You’re just using his concept. That’s just too easy. We was kinda like a little disappointed. All these cats is really out here playing they selves. Cause nobody shit was really hot.”
Released in August of this year, “Control” features Detroit rapper Big Sean and includes guest verses from both Kendrick Lamar and Jay Electronica. Kendrick’s verse on the non-album cut quickly drew attention thanks to the rappers “king of New York” mention and the rapper calling out his fellow emcees. Among the handful of artists called out during K-Dot’s “Control” verse was Drake, who later questioned if Kendrick would ever be able to secure features with the artists he name-dropped.
“He’s talented as fuck," Drake said during an interview with Los Angeles’ Power 106. "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."
Video of ScHoolboy Q’s interview on Sway In The Morning can be found below (via 2DopeBoyz).