B.o.B. has released “How 2 Rap,” a song in response to Kendrick Lamar’s verse on Big Sean’s “Control.” The Decatur, Georgia rapper released the song today (August 13), starting the track off with a flow inspired by Kendrick Lamar’s second verse on “Swimming Pools (Drank).”
“Now open your mind up and listen, you niggas,” B.o.B. says on the track. “I am the master, the guru, and after I school you, I’m skinning you niggas. You finished. I’m making chinchillas out [of] niggas. You should be embarrassed I’m thinking ’bout rapping. It’s killing you niggas.”
B.o.B., who also uses a similar flow to the one Drake used on Migos’ “Versace (Remix),” also spoke about his own career on the selection.
“My first mixtape, they all said I sounded like Dre [Andre 3000],” B.o.B. says on the track. “Then they said my album was Pop, didn’t really sound like the mixtape. Now I’m doing what I started, now they telling me I changed. I hear underrated so much, you would swear it was my name. Ain’t no rappers on my list. Come holla at me when you’re done riding each other’s dick.”
The release is billed as B.o.B.’s reply to Kendrick Lamar’s verse on Big Sean’s “Control” by B.o.B.’s Soundcloud page, though B.o.B. was not mentioned by name in the song.
“I’m usually homeboys with the same niggas I’m rhymin’ with,” Kendrick Lamar says on “Control.” “But this is Hip Hop and them niggas should know what time it is. That goes for Jermaine Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Wale,Pusha T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake, Big Sean, Jay Electron[ica], Tyler[, the Creator], Mac Miller. I got love for you all but I’m tryin’ to murder you niggas. Trying to make sure your core fans never heard of you niggas [and that] they don’t want to hear not one more noun or verb from you niggas. What is competition? I’m trying to raise the bar high.”
B.o.B.’s “How 2 Rap” can be heard below.