“Please don’t leave your comment if you are not up to par,” Bada$$ says on the song. “No names, putting you in a verse, that’s too far / You’re mundane, can’t obtain, the knowledge of my brain / My set told me light you up, so this that propane / It’s nathan, all I gotta do is just spit a flame / No escaping, you in a swimming pool of champagne / You set yourself up for that one, man / The King of New York? / Ha. We ain’t just gon’ let that one hang / Last nigga got dethroned and you ain’t from my zone / The rest of the real niggas is dead and gone.”
Joey also takes shots at Lamar’s “King of New York” line in the second verse of “Killuminati Pt. 2.”
“I got all these Rap niggas fuckin’ fearing me,” Bada$$ says. “Heard they was looking for war, but ain’t declaring me / I’m well aware, N.Y. not Delaware / I’m the real king fella here / You more like ‘Prince of Bel-Air’ / I’m clearing the air, might fire at will / These Rap niggas don’t want the static for real / ‘Cause they lines not adjacent to my spectacular skill / If you don’t fuck with cinematic, stand still / My life’s a movie on the real / You can get shot with your hands on the wheel / With your pants at your heels.”
In the final line quoted above, Bada$$ appears to make a slight reference to ScHoolboy Q’s “Hands on the Wheel” single. In 2012, ScHoolboy Q, a fellow member of Kendrick Lamar’s Top Dawg Entertainment camp, released “Hands on the Wheel,” a selection that features A$AP Rocky. The song was released on Q’s Habits & Contradictions project.
Bada$$’ “Killuminati Pt. 2” features an excerpt from a recent interview he did along with Black Moon’s Buckshot for MTV. In the interview, Buckshot said Kendrick Lamar had to “deal with” Joey after K. Dot claimed to be the “King of New York” on “Control.”
“All respect due to Kendrick Lamar, King of the West Coast, King of New York, whatever is the stuff that’s going on right now,” Buckshot said during the interview. “I love the competition, but Kendrick Lamar go against the Beast Coast? Whoo. I’m just an OG here, loving the fact that I retired that level of it and now you have to deal with a brother like Joey, which is a .45 magnum with a knife at the tip and a shotgun at the enemy.”
That interview can be seen below.
When “Control” was released, Bada$$ didn’t say he was upset with Lamar. Instead, he praised the release via Twitter.
How can yall think I’m hating on Kendrick right now? Much respect to him for bodying everybody. This day marks a new rap game kno dat. Haha
— oG $wank. (@joeyBADASS_) August 13, 2013
The song can be heard on HipHopDX and it can be streamed below.