Kendrick Lamar didn’t mince words or sugarcoat his feelings when he dropped that scathing verse on Big Sean’s Hall of Fame throwaway “Control.” Everyone from his collaborators Sean and Jay Electronica, to his buddies J. Cole, Drake and Mac Miller got called out by name, but will there be any love lost?
Just in case there was any doubt who he was aiming at, K. Dot laid it all out, rapping, “I’m usually homeboys with the same n—-s i’m rhymin wit/But this is hip hop and them n—-s should know what time it is/And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Wale, Pusha T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake, Big Sean, Jay Electron’, Tyler, Mac Miller/I got love for you all but I’m tryna murder you n—-s/Tryna make sure your core fans never heard of you n—-s.”
You’ll notice that Kendrick has actually collaborated with a few of these artists previously–not to mention that he’s pretty tight with Cole, Drake and Mac Miller in particular. So, does this change anything between them? We doubt it.
Though they’ve been struggling to find the time, Kendrick and J.Cole are still working on their joint mixtape, which fans have been pining for. In March Cole admitted to MTV News that things get pretty heated between the two, despite their friendship. “It’s mad competitive. It has to be, because we both love it. We’re not gonna speak about it, it’s not gonna be like, ’Yo man I killed you,’ ” he explained.
Kendrick famously appeared on Drake’s Take Care album in 2011, going into detail about his first impressions of Drizzy on “Buried Alive Interlude.” Most recently they were both featured on A$AP Rocky’s “F—in Problems” and it’s clear that there’s no bad blood between the two.
As for Mac Miller, though the two haven’t been putting out any music together, Kendrick has admitted that he and Mac hang out plenty, especially while he records with other members of Black Hippy. “Schoolboy Q working on his album and we just like to have good people around and joke and clown, Mac Miller,” Kendrick said back in May. “That’s Mac Miller’s role in the studio… just to be the homey.” From the below tweet, Mac clearly isn’t sweating it.
If I can’t do no more nouns or verbs ima start comin with the wildest adjective bars that anyone has ever heard.
— Mac. (@MacMiller) August 13, 2013
Since the single dropped, rappers like Pusha T, who were also called out by name have taken to Twitter to respond (“I hear u loud and clear my n—-… @kendricklamar”) but it’s unlikely that there’s any bad blood. Like Kendrick says, “this is hip hop and them n—-s should know what time it is.” But maybe someone should tell that to Joe Budden, who was particularly upset by Kendrick’s declaration that he’s “the king of New York.”
“A Cali n—a just said he’s the King of NY & u n—as so f—ing worried about your relationships, y’all make me sick,” he tweeted. “Where’s old NY !???!” Get in the studio Joe!
Shiiit, last time I checked, Khaled was the King of NY. And Ross! Keep it real. We don’t even run our own city. #facts
— Maino (@mainohustlehard) August 13, 2013