Kendrick Lamar caused a ruckus in the rap game yesterday when he dropped his boisterous verse on Big Sean’s “Control.” Lamar called out some of the industry's top MCs, by name. Jermaine Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Wale, Pusha T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake, Jay Electronic, Tyler the Creator, Mac Miller, and even Big Sean were all on the hit list.
Lines like “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,” seemed very Kanye West/Taylor Swift VMA-esque. Paraphrased: I’m going to let you all finish, but I’m the best rapper of all time. All time.
Not only has Lamar managed to ruffle some famous feathers, he’s also had Twitter on lockdown since the song dropped, with several trending topics since its debut.
Here are some of the best responses on social media:
“Control” sent Loso on the prowl for the nearest studio.
Any studios open yet?Mac Miller found the song as a motivational way for him to expand his vocabulary, preferably in adjectives.
— Fabolous (@myfabolouslife) August 13, 2013
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, 2013Lebron James praised the track.
This is real hip hop at his best! @kendricklamar boxed em into a corner. We going crazy over here people!! — LeBron James (@KingJames) August 13, 2013X Factor star, Astro, may only be 16 years old, but decided to share his very own rhymes in the rap scuffle.
Kevin Hart a.k.a. Chocolate Droppa, came back at Lamar in full force. He even dropped a few bars on Instagram.
Yo @KendrickLamar knew not to mention @chocolatedroppa in his verse.....HE WOULD OF GOT THIS WORK!!! BARS REAL RAP RAW!!! LMFAO — Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) August 13, 2013
Diddy chimed in to address Lamar’s stance on New York royalty
Following suit, Bad Boy recording artist, King Los, released a “Control” freestyle. Hit music producer, Claude Kelly, resurrected the essence of Vanilla Ice to get his point across.
My turn. Here's my angry response to Kendrick Lamar's "Control" verse: http://t.co/EKtFnVLiK1 Y'all ninja's ain't bout this life...
— ClaudeKelly (@ClaudeKelly) August 14, 2013
Even retired basketball coach, Phil Jackson had a response for Control’s line, “If Phil Jackson came back, still no coachin' me /I'm uncoachable, I'm unsociable.”
@kendricklamar it’s okay to be cocky and sure, but we all need somebody to lean on. Let’s just call it mentoring.
— Phil Jackson (@PhilJackson11) August 13, 2013
And fresh off out the oven comes Lupe Fiasco with his very own response track.