When Kendrick Lamar released his verse on Big Sean’s “Control,” he mentioned several rappers, including J. Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Wale, Pusha T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake, Big Sean, Jay Electronica, Tyler, the Creator and Mac Miller. “I got love for you all but I’m tryin’ to murder you niggas,” Kendrick rapped.
One artist he didn’t mention on the track was Nicki Minaj, who addressed her absence in a recent interview with New York radio station Power 105.1’s Breakfast Club.
“I’m probably in the top five of the niggas he did mention, so go and do your motherfucking research,” Nicki Minaj said. “But, I also feel like he may be one of those respectful gentlemen that probably felt like, ‘I don’t want to say a female’s name.’ Or maybe he just don’t think the kid is ill. But the kid knows the kid is ill, so I don’t need to be on nobody’s dick.”
On “Control,” Kendrick also claimed the title of “King of New York,” referencing a similar Kurupt line. This was another portion of Lamar’s verse that Nicki addressed.
“I’m the Queen of New York; I’m the King of New York. Let me tell you why. Platinum albums,” Nicki said, referring to her projects Pink Friday and Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, both of which have been certified platinum. “‘Albums. Plural. Number one in five motherfucking countries, nigga. Don’t play with me. You better respect my motherfucking gangsta, bitch. When you got an album that goes number one in Japan, the UK, Australia, America and Canada at the same motherfucking time, then you can speak my motherfucking name.”
On Saturday (November 2), Nicki posted on Twitter to let fans know that the interview was in good fun. She also clarified that she thinks Jay Z is the King of New York:
Lol. I’m going to post the full interview. It was all in fun. For the record, Hov is the king of NY in my eyes. Y~~Y~~Y~~Y~~Y(TM)OEY(TM)OEY(TM)OEY(TM)OEY(TM)OEY(TM)OE
— IG: @NickiMinaj (@NICKIMINAJ) November 3, 2013
Watch the interview below:
Kendrick’s “Control” verse has generated a number of responses, including selections from Papoose, Cassidy, Joell Ortiz and Meek Mill, among others.