Twenty-six-year-old rapper Kendrick Lamar is stirring up trouble in the rap industry with a provocative guest spot on Big Sean’s new track, “Control (HOF).” Lamar, from Compton, Calif., boldly declares himself “The King of New York” and ranks himself among hip-hop greats Jay Z, Nas, Eminem and André 3000 while blasting a host of other rappers (basically, everyone getting airtime today) who he’s “tryna murder”:
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 tryna murder you niggas,
Tryna make sure your core fans never heard of you niggas,
They don’t wanna hear not one more noun or verb from you niggas.
“Kendrick”, “#Control,” “Hip Hop,” and “King of NY” have been trending on Twitter since the release of the track on Monday night, eliciting a wide range of responses from rappers:
Listen to the full track here: