After Jay Electronica announced that he thinks he had the best verse on Big Sean’s “Control,” a selection that also featured Kendrick Lamar, Nino Bless reacted with a series of Twitter updates.
“Biggest hater of the decade @JayElectronica says Kendrick didn’t say anything yet everyone who rapped on earth responded to what? His flow?” Bless said in one Tweet. “@JayElectronica u r the laziest MC ever. U got a shot, people cared & what did u do? Went straight to bed. U got WASHED on control #clearly”
When a follower said Lamar didn’t do anything beyond “the king of NY line and the fact he only started competition,” Bless responded.
“he talked about comp how he views it. That verse was more significant than the wizards & old novels JE quotes FOH lol…I’m not even a Kendrick fan like that I even mocked some of his basic bars on control but to put his verse as worst verse pure denial/hate.”
When “Control” was released, Nino Bless praised Kendrick Lamar’s efforts.
“I think [Kendrick Lamar’s] a great ambassador for this culture and right now he’s in front of the movement,” Nino Bless said at the time. “Does that make him the best? Maybe not, but he’s on top of the game, but he definitely has everyone’s attention who cares about substance. What he did was great for Hip Hop and I know why it ruffled some feathers.
“First off, you call yourself the King of New York,” Bless continued. “In the East Coast, it’s N.Y.C. and Boston. We’re two of the most prideful places on this planet. You won’t find many cities on earth more prideful. So you already know it hurt some egos that an out-of-town kid called himself the King of N.Y. Born and raised in Brooklyn for 24 years of my life, I can tell you I didn’t take offense to it at all. He’s the King of N.Y. Hell, he’s the King Of Hip Hop. With that verse, he was trying to raise the level of competition up and make rappers step their shit up and it’s obviously done that. Hip Hop is competitive and a lot of what we do, there’s a ton of ego behind it. A lot of dudes were bitter ’cause they want that spot. Egos were crushed when that happened and I feel like almost every rapper felt he was talking about them. The problem is when you step up and openly say, ‘This throne is mine. I want it.’ There’s going to be people who try to stop you.”