So there was a phenomenon in the rap game the other night, Big Sean randomly dropped a new record titled “Control” featuring Kendrick Lamar & the hidden gem Jay Electronica signed by the way of Roc Nation. The twitter-verse went crazy, heck the insta-verse went even more crazy with the posting of numerous hilarious memes. The song which was thought to be on Sean’s “Hall Of Fame” LP is now shelved due to sample clearance issues that did not meet album release deadlines. I was contacted by friends asking me if I heard the debauchery! If I heard the Kendrick lyrical onslaught supposedly aimed at some of his fellow rap friends.

I quickly thought, “Wait a minute?” Let me not follow that same route of people who hype things way out of proportion, people who almost always clearly misinterpret competitiveness and the art of lyricism.

So now every single website and people all over Social Media are saying, Kendrick claims to be “King of NY”, “King of all coasts”, here to take the crown in the Hip-Hop game. Then I thought about it in retrospect. Looking back at many misunderstood lyrics by rappers in the past and how people assumed something ignorant out of something so harmless and innocent.

So as I witnessed this, simultaneously deriving the content to fruition on the Concrete Hearts website, I began to be sucked into the upbeat instrumental with Big Sean at helm with his Detroit slang. I looked at the track and said, Ok, This is a Big Sean track and I doubt Kendrick or Jay Electronica will outdo him.

The track progressed and we get to Kendrick’s verse:

Kendrick’s Verse:

Tell Flex to drop a bomb on this shit

So many bombs, ring the alarm like Vietnam on this shit

So many bombs, make Farrakhan think that Saddam in this bitch

One at a time, I line em up and bomb on they mom while she watching the kids

I’m in a destruction mode if the gold exists

I’m important like the Pope, I’m a Muslim on pork

I’m Makaveli’s offspring, I’m the king of New York

King of the Coast, one hand, I juggle them both

The juggernaut’s all in your jugular, you take me for jokes

Live in the basement, church pews and funeral faces

Cartier bracelets for my women friends I’m in Vegas

Who the fuck y’all thought it’s supposed to be?

If Phil Jackson came back, still no coachin’ me

I’m uncoachable, I’m unsociable

Fuck y’all clubs, fuck y’all pictures, your Instagram can gobble these nuts

Gobble dick up til you hiccup, my big homie Kurupt

This the same flow that put the rap game on a crutch (Russ x6)

I’ve seen niggas transform like villain Decepticons

Mollies’ll prolly turn these niggas to fucking Lindsay Lohan

A bunch of rich ass white girls looking for parties

Playing with Barbies, wreck the Porsche before you give em the car key

Judgement to the monarchy, blessings to Paul McCartney

You called me a black Beatle, I’m either that or a Marley

(I don’t smoke crack motherfucker I sell it)

I’m dressed in all black, this is not for the fan of Elvis

I’m aimin’ straight for your pelvis, you can’t stomach me

You plan on stumpin’ me? Bitch I’ve been jumped before you put a gun on me

Bitch I put one on yours, I’m Sean Connery

James Bonding with none of you niggas, climbing 100 mil in front of me

And I’m gonna get it even if you’re in the way

And if you’re in it, better run for Pete’s sake

I heard the barbershops spittin’ great debates all the time

Bout who’s the best MC? Kendrick, Jigga and Nas

Eminem, Andre 3000, the rest of y’all

New niggas just new niggas, don’t get involved

And I ain’t rockin no more designer shit

White T’s and Nike Cortez, this is red Corvettes anonymous

I’m usually homeboys with the same niggas I’m rhymin’ wit

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 Millz, 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 dont wanna hear not one more noun or verb from you niggas

What is competition? I’m tryna raise the bar high

Who tryna jump and get it? You better off tryna skydive

Out the exit window of 5 G5’s with 5 grand

With your granddad as the pilot he drunk as fuck tryna land

With the hand full of arthritis and popping prosthetic leg

Bumpin Pac in the cockpit so the shit that pops in his head

Is an option of violence, someone heard the stewardess said

That your parachute is a latex condom hooked to a dread

Kendrick started at the bridge which he usually does, then go to business.

There was no question Kendrick killed it but the question in a true Hip-Hop fans eyes was do you really consider that a Diss?

The answer is NO WAY, JOSE!

Kendrick did outshine Big Sean & Jay Electronica there is no doubt. But Kendrick in no way meant any Malice towards his fellow rap comrades. As his verse was finished and played out of everyone’s headphones or car stereos, the eruption of some ignorance ensued. We hear the words he spoke, for example, Kendrick boasts here saying:

I’m Machiavelli’s offspring, I’m the King of New York King of the Coast, one hand, I juggle them both

It is arrogant, it is disrespect, but it is greatness. K.Dot, is putting pressure on Rap’s veterans as well as NY’s Finest. It reminds us of a time when Snoop Dogg & Deathrow were beefing with Biggie Smalls, Puff Daddy & Bad Boy Records. Snoop was letting the east coast know he was a king everywhere. Ironically almost 20 years later another lyrical assassin from the West Coast is repeating History. They always said history repeats itself.

This was a great moment for Hip-Hop and it’s inhabitants..

This verse was not about the money or dissing nonsense. This verse was about a true competitive spirit and the prestige Kendrick carries. This was Kendrick simply unsaturating the game of all this mainstream rap. He was giving us a underground battlefield scene of the present day game. He simply pre-warned his friends to get their bars up cause he is coming for the crown.

Im usually homeboys with the same niggas I’m rhymin wit
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 u niggas

For God’s sake, in order to be successful at almost anything you need to think you will be the best to do it! People wake up! Have you missed out on the common values of life. Everyone of the rappers he called out have all thought of themselves as striving to be the best, if not the best. Kendrick was just the first one to publicly speak his thoughts and that’s what makes him a true musical genius. Strictly competition guys! He wasn’t saying “I’m gonna run up on ya’ll moms” or “shoot up your hood” but people are thinking it is the same context. WRONG!

So with all these artists spoken of on his verse and all his mightiness on his tracks, we have compiled evidence to let these novices see for themselves that we know Kendrick was not literally taking shots at his fellow comrades and that this verse was simply Kendrick from a competitive standpoint. He burned no bridges because all those he mentioned all know it is a competition, “Survival of the fittest”.

Then you have unspoken things, people weren’t sure about. Recently, Drake & Kanye rumored beef, who’m Kanye gave credit to Drake for the reason for Watch The Throne coming to fruition. He stated Drake was putting pressure on him & Jay, and it took them both to compete with Drake’s winning streak of 2012. No feud was ever there, Just strictly Competition. Peep Kanye say it himself below.

We are getting the good old days of rap where competition was serious, and we are glad Kendrick has decided to bring that momentum back to the art of Hip-Hop.

Reminiscent of moments like:

Biggies Madison Square Garden Freestyle: “I got seven Mac-11′s, about eight .38′s Nine 9′s, ten Mac-10′s the shits never end” talking down on 2Pac & Deathrow.

Eminem spitting belligerently on “Renegade”

Lil’ Wayne Declaring himself as the Best Rapper Alive in the Carter series.

Jay Z & Kanye West Vs. Lil Wayne – “Really, you got baby money.” “You ain’t got my lady money”.

Jay Z vs. Cam’ron “Welcome to New York City”

Andre 3000 being almost impossible to get a feature with.

Nicki Minaj giving Jay Z and Kanye a run for their money on the “Monster” track.

Kanye West taking over Chief Keef’s “Dont Like” track.

There were some clear moments of pure competition on what rappers were relevant at the time.

Really, What would Notorious BIG, Tupac & Kendrick Lamar, all have in common? Gemini’s, Hip-Hop, Fame, Rappers, Artists. You’d think, well, aren’t there also other “Gemini, Hip-Hop artist, rappers” out there? Yes, there is, but few have yet to express the amount of realism that Kendrick has, not just from ‘Control’ but on his previous work, since the late death of Biggie and Tupac. In no way, was Control a diss to the mentioned rappers in the track. Rather than doing what artists job is to do, spread awareness and expression. The genre “Hip Hop” just turning 40 this past week, was built on a foundation of poetry, recreated into a style and movement the current generation could understand and had developed, decade after decade. Today, 2013 has been producing more rap artists than ever, with all these hot beats and samples, they lack the quality of poetry that Hip-Hop stood on when it was created. Kendrick Lamar sees that and takes a stand in ‘Control’. Letting his partners, fans and today’s generation know his honesty. Just like Biggie, just like Pac, just like a real artist. As Urban Noize Productions quotes, “Kendrick’s version Big Sean’s “Control”, is Tupac’s ‘Hit Em Up’. Notorious BIG’s ‘Who Shot Ya’, Jay Z’s ‘Takeover’ and Nas’ ‘Ether'”. – Paula Script

Kendrick Evidence 101:

Collaborations, songs, music videos and interviews as food for thought in no particular order. The purpose is to show you majority of the artists mentioned and their collaborative efforts with Kendrick.

These guys are not boasting beef, but there is nothing wrong with a little competition. If you’ve noticed none of the mentioned rappers have responded yet because they know the intent. These guys are stand up guys just enjoying each others’ presence in music. They frequently collaborate and have become friends in the process. Some people tend to hear something from the media and run with it and that is exactly what happened in this case. Take our calculations with great care as we clearly have our facts set in the right position.

Signed, Sealed & Delivered – Eddie Yvan & Paula Script

Shouts to Rap Genius

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