It’s been a week since Kendrick Lamar threw his rap gauntlet down on Big Sean’s “Control.” And while none of the actual rappers that K-Dot called out have issued a lyrical response , a number of other MCs have, including Joe Budden and Uncle Murda, who answered Kendrick’s call over the weekend.
Budden had been teasing his answer record all week, and on Saturday, he finally decided to let it loose. Like the majority of “Control” responses, Joey’s freestyle was laid atop Big Sean’s original instrumental, but the Slaughterhouse MC managed to break away from the pack with densely-packed bars that exhibited his rap cred.
Budden respectfully aimed his attack at Lamar, while other rappers caught collateral damage. “This ain’t for bandwagon fans, sit ya asses in the same spot/ Y’all the same n—as that made Trinidad James hot,” he rhymes dismissively about the Atlanta upstart, who happened to drop his sophomore mixtape, 10 PC Mild, the day after Kendrick’s fiery verse became the chief topic of conversation.
The New Jersey MC went on to note that he wasn’t offended at Kendrick’s rhyme, which seemed to ruffle so many rap feathers. Budden did, however, challenge a few rappers: A$AP Rocky, Joey Badass, Tyler, the Creator and Meek Mill all became subjects of Joe’s rhyme. “To me it’s just one Joey that’s Badass,” he spits.
Budden does soften his stance by the end of the verse though. “This ain’t a dis/ I don’t want it to get spun wrong,” he raps before telling Kendrick, “This is for every n—a that took what you said in stride/ I couldn’t abide, some of us, we still take pride.”
Brooklyn’s Uncle Murda also waited until Saturday to drop his response, but he chose to use Jay Z’s “Somewhereinamerica” beat instead of the overused “Control” track. And while Budden mostly focused on Lamar’s challenge to other MCs, Murda focused his lyrics on Kendrick’s “king of New York” line — basically laughing it off. “I’m like, Yeah I heard what Kendrick said/ But lil’ homey ain’t a threat,” he raps.
According to Murda, the King of New York mantle should go to Jay Z, Nas, Fabolous or Murda, and by the end of it all, of course, UM declares himself the ruler of the Big Apple. “Motherf—er, this Brooklyn/ And that crown I said me and Fab were fighting for? I just took it,” he raps in conclusion.