By Sowmya Krishnamurthy
Kendrick sat down with Hot 97 this morning to discuss the much-talked-about verse, in which he proclaimed himself the “King of NY.”
“I’m Makaveli’s offspring, I’m the king of New York/ King of the coast, one hand, I juggle them both,” Kendrick raps. The song garnered responses from rappers in NY and beyond including Joell Ortiz and Joey Bada$$.
“I liked the [King] Los verse,” Kendrick revealed. “Joe Budden did this thing, Joell; a lot of people with different approaches…Joey had the facts in his verse, a few things that he felt. Papoose had the comical joint. Los was flipping his words and putting that spunk on it. I think he had the killer thing though. Yeah, Los killed it out of everybody. But the number one joint at the top of the list had to be ’Chocolate Drop.’” ’Chocolate Drop’, of course, being comedian Kevin Hart.
Kendrick explained that despite the coastal battles, he urges rappers to be the best wherever they’re from and live up to the greats 2Pac and The Notorious B.I.G. “It’s not about the [East and West] coasts, it’s not about what side we’re on,” Kendrick said, “it’s about being great as Biggie, as ’Pac — the two cats that I referenced from jump.”