By Maurice Bobb
Kendrick Lamar turned hip-hop into a disturbed hornet’s nest with his boastful guest spot on Big Sean’s “Control,” where he challenged his rap peers lyrically and proclaimed himself the “King of New York.” A$AP Rocky was one of the emcees mentioned in the verse and he and the rest of the A$AP Mob sat down with Funkmaster Flex to let it be known that he “ain’t trippin’” about being mentioned and that everyone should “laugh at” K.Dot’s new moniker.
“I feel like that ‘King of New York’ sh--, you smokin’ crack. You crazy, you know what I mean?” A$AP told Funk Flex. “If he say he the ‘King of New York,’ laugh at it. But honestly K.Dot and them ni---s, that’s fam, yo.”
For his part, the “F---in’ Problems” MC hasn’t responded on wax to K.Dot’s challenge, because, in his words, he doesn’t feel any type of way about it because "rap is rap."
“I think hip-hop need this sh-- man and it’s ni--as who’s pissed off just because they wasn’t mentioned and it’s just like I don’t understand how the ni--a…I’m not justifying sh--, rap is rap,” he said. “The n----- didn’t say nothing about nobody mother, ni--- ain’t say he wanted five minutes with nobody, he ain’t say he wanted problems, he said these is my ni---s and I’m letting y’all know it’s competition. What’s the problem? That man know I’m where he at.”
For the rappers who did respond like Papoose and Joell Ortiz, he didn’t dive headfirst into his thoughts, but he didn’t exactly back them, either.
“I feel like all the rappers who making disses and responses…I’m a keep it a buck, it’s not about being relevant or not because hip-hop ain’t about relevance, it’s all about the sport, it’s all about the culture,” A$AP said. “I don’t care if a motherf---er got a hit record or not, it’s not even about that for a ni--a like me. I’m talking about for myself. I feel like some people are going extra hard and if that’s how they feel. I feel like that’s something K.Dot gotta handle himself cuz he did come out and say I’m talking about as far as the rappers who were named, I feel like they shouldn’t feel no type of way. A lot of New York people feel some type of way.”
Overall, Kendrick’s verse was a rallying cry for the game to get back to bars, according to Funk Flex, a notion A$AP agrees with and feels that the Good Kid's a rapper with the lyrical ability to make such a challenge.
“That n---a spittin’,” he added. “I feel like he’s one of the most talented of our generation. I ain’t got nothing but love for my whole TDE fam. For me, we ain’t trippin’.”