Hip Hop newcomer, Kendrick Lamar had the internet blazing a few weeks ago when he dropped some controversial lyrics on Big Sean’s song “Control.” Kendrick bumps gums for the first time about his explosive lyrics, which called out nearly a dozen of his peers, from Drake to J. Cole. In an interview with Power 106′s Big Boy’s Neighborhood, Lamar addresses the explosive track.
Kendrick, who called out J. Cole, Wale, Drake, Meek Mill, and Mac Miller on the Hall of Fame leftover, claims he was shocked by the reactions. The song had fiery responses from MCs including Joell Ortiz, Papoose, B.o.B, and Cassidy.
“Honestly I didn’t know there would be so much speculation behind it,” Lamar said. “I just wanted to rap. Anybody that knows me doing music, I wanna just rap.”
He also proclaimed himself the “King of New York,” which rubbed some rappers the wrong way. “I think that’s the case right there of maybe I just dumbed down my lyrics just a little bit,” he said.
But he didn’t mean it literally. He had a conversation with some of hip-hop’s elite, who weren’t offended by his verse.
“The irony of that line is the people that actually understood it and got it, was the actual kings of New York,” explained K-Dot. “You know, 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.”
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