Big Sean talks “Control”, Kendrick Lamar’s verse and what this means for hip hop.
Rap Up TV caught up with Big Sean to talk about what the entire hip hop game is buzzing about at the moment.
I’m usually homeboys with the same niggas I’m rhyming’ with/ But this is hip-hop and them niggas should know what time it is / And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big K.R.I.T, Wale, Pusha T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake, Big Sean, Jay Electron, Tyler, Mac Miller/ I got love for you all, but I’m tryin’ murder you niggas/ Tryin’ to make sure your core fans never heard of you niggas/ They don’t wanna hear not one more noun or verb from you niggas / What is competition? I’m tryin’ to raise the bar high. Who trying to jump and get it?
Kendrick Lamar’s verse single-handedly shook things up for the entire hip hop world. But it brings about the question: why is it such a bad thing? If you’re going to be number one, it means making sure everyone else isn’t, even those you respect and love. That said, this is no doubt a very different tone to the answer he gave the GRAMMYs when they asked him about his living up to the pressure of being dubbed the new King of the West Coast. He not only calls himself the King of the Coast in “Control” but the King of New York as well.
Big Sean talks about his initial reaction to the verse after he got the track back from Jay Electronica and K Dot.
Similarly, a very different tone to when we heard him state rather explicitly that he will outrap any rapper that he’s on a track with. Perhaps his redeeming himself and his verse at the end of the clip is a reflection of that. The irony is that everything he said about being the greatest and outrapping everybody in the game is what Kendrick’s put in ink.
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The single – as you would have heard Big Sean say – did not make the Hall Of Fame cut due to a sampling issue but we’re glad to hear that he’s fighting it. Whatever digital format it ends up in, we’ll be ready to share. Meanwhile, let us in on your thoughts of “Control” and how you think Kendrick’s verse has impacted things.