Pusha T Says Kendrick’s ‘Control’ Verse Was Just For ‘Sport’

Push isn't comparing himself to anyone, he tells 'RapFix Live,' explaining how he's a 'warrior.'

Pusha T stepped into the “RapFix Live” realm Thursday (August 22) to speak publicly about being named by Kendrick Lamar in the young Compton’s rapper’s frenzied “Control” verse.

Having previously tweeted about it, Pusha told host Sway that he felt Kendrick’s comments were designed to maintain the “sport” element of hip-hop. He also quashed the idea of getting muddled up in any beef with Kendrick, as he added that the two have collaborated on a track on his own upcoming My Name Is My Name album, which is now due out October 8 via Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music machine.

“I personally myself have been, you know, by myself and alone when it comes to my lyrical barbs with other rappers and so on and so forth,” began Pusha as he addressed Kendrick’s words. “Regardless on what behalf I’ve done it on and regardless of what the reasoning behind them, like, I just shoot, like I don’t ask no questions, I don’t ask for help, I’m not into that. I’m different; I’m a warrior. That’s what I do.”

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Pressed to elaborate on how he felt when he heard Kendrick’s rapped rant, which also included references to J. Cole, A$AP Rocky, Drake and Mac Miller, Pusha said, “I don’t feel slighted, man, I’ve been doing this. I’ve been shooting at the top of the food chain for like two years straight, alone, nobody! This is nothing new. This ain’t nothing new. It’s the sport, man, at the same time keeping it clever, keeping it classy, keeping it, you know, sportsmanlike.”

Pusha added that the song that he and Kendrick have collaborated on will be titled “Nosetalgia” — named in reference to sniffing cocaine — and features the two rappers spitting rhymes over a track conjured up by the Virginia-based producer Nottz.

Pusha T’s special “RapFix” appearance comes within MTV’s All Access Experience, which features a new “RapFix Live” every day up until Sunday’s 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, airing at 9 p.m. ET/PT.