The Compton, LA, rapper caused a furore when ‘Control (HOF)’ premiered on August 12. After proclaiming himself king of New York, and himself, Jay Z, Nas, Eminem and Andre 3000 as the greatest MCs of all time, Lamar then goes on to pledge to “murder” his current competitors in the verse.
He raps: “I’m usually homeboys with the same niggas I’m rhyming with/ But this is hip-hop and them niggas should know what time it is/And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big KRIT, 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 trying to murder you niggas”.
Speaking to Billboard, however, Drake said he was unmoved by being namechecked in the song. Asked for his initial response to the track, he said that he simply “went about my day, went and got dinner and kept it moving”.
He went on to add: “I didn’t really have anything to say about it. It just sounded like an ambitious thought to me. That’s all it was. I know good and well that Kendrick’s not murdering me, at all, in any platform. So when that day presents itself, I guess we can revisit the topic.”
Earlier this week (August 29), Lamar said he may be forced to ‘dumb down’ his lyrics due to the controversy his ‘Control’ verse generated. He added: “The irony of that line is that the people who actually understood it and got it were the actual kings of New York, you know, me sitting down with them this past week, and them understanding, it’s not actually about being the king of whatever coast, it’s about leaving a mark as great as Biggie, as great as Pac.”
Yesterday (August 30), meanwhile, Drake revealed that his forthcoming third album will feature a cameo from his father, Dennis Graham. The LP, which is titled ‘Nothing Was The Same’, will be released on September 24. The album features guest appearances from Jay-Z and Lil Wayne plus production from Scottish producer Hudson Mohawke.