Kendrick Lamar says that he was not aware that his verse on Big Sean’s “Control” would generate the amount of interest it did when it was released earlier this month.

“Honestly I didn’t know it would be so much speculation behind it,” Kendrick Lamar says during an interview with Los Angeles radio station Power 106. “I just wanted to rap. If anybody knows me doing music, I wanna just rap.”

In addition to saying on “Control” that he was trying to murder J. Cole, Drake, Big Sean and a host of other rappers, he also referred to himself as a descendant of late rapper Tupac Shakur.

“I’m Makaveli’s offspring,” Lamar raps on “Control,” likely referring to Tupac Shakur’s 1996 release as Makaveli, The Don Killuminati (The 7 Day Theory). “I’m the King of New York, King of the Coast, one hand, I juggle them both.” 

Several New York rappers, including Raekwon and Papoose, said that Kendrick Lamar’s claim was unwarranted.

During his Power 106 interview, Kendrick Lamar says that the “King Of New York” lyric was misinterpreted.

“The irony of that line is that the people that actually understood it and got it was the actual kings of New York,” Kendrick Lamar says. “Me sitting down with them this past week, and them understanding that it’s not about actually being the King of whatever Coast. It’s about leaving a mark as great as Biggie, as great as Pac.”

In the interview snippet above, Power 106 says it will air the rest of radio host Big Boy’s interview with Kendrick Lamar tomorrow (August 28) at 10:20 am EST.

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