Kool G Rap stops by Shade 45 radio to talk with Sway and Heather B. Take a look as the legendary emcee takes a couple calls from fans and reminisces with Calloway on their special collaboration for “The Anthem” back in 1999. Friend of Kool G Rap and fellow New York artist, Papoose, decided to call in and show some love live on the air. Pap also gave listeners insight into how far the two go back. Before letting Papoose off the line, Kool G took the opportunity to publicly co-sign Pap’s “Control” response aimed at Kendrick Lamar and weighed in on the matter.
New York rapper Fabolous finally decided to respond to Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” verse live at Powerhouse 2013 in New York. During Fab’s performance which was held at the Barclays center, the “Breathe” emcee took a moment out of his set to let crowd-goers know that he was in fact the “King of New York.” Take a look as Loso downplays Kendrick’s comments and proclaims that all the real kings come from Brooklyn.
Better late than never, Joey Bada$$ steps up to the microphone on behalf of New York and tries his hand at a worthy response to Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” verse. Surprisingly, the young wordsmith decides to keep it clean and only really directs a few harmful bars in the direction of the Compton MC. Produced by Knxwledge, take a listen to Joey’s latest offering with “Killuminati 2” below via the audio stream.
Revolt TV catches up with the wordsmith Skillz to get his take on the current topic in Hip Hop, Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” verse. Speaking openly about the situation, the MC shares his thoughts on the Compton native’s verse, “King of New York” line, his intentions and gives his feedback on the rapper’s who’ve stepped up to the plate and responded. Check out the video below to see what Skillz had to say about the verse heard around the world.
Joe Budden decides to defend New York’s honor too and jumps in the ring with the West Coast’s current king MC Kendrick Lamar. Budden delivers a scathing lyrical response to not only the TDE star but in so many words explains the industry is watered down and more concerned with branding and imagery. The Slaughterhouse rapper even goes so far as to throw a few jabs at a few other artists he deems weak on the microphone or unable to compete such as Trinidad James, A$AP Rocky, and Jay Electronic to name a few. The New Jersey native makes it clear he’s trying to finish what fellow New York MC Joell Ortiz started. Take a listen to “Lost Control (Freestyle)” below.
New York artist Papoose drops a Kendrick Lamar “Control” response and is clearly willing and ready to soak of every bit of spotlight he can take from Hip Hop’s current hot topic. After taking Kendrick Lamar’s “King of New York” line to heart, the Brooklyn MC takes the initiative to go to bat for his city and apparently defend its honor. Interestingly enough, Kendrick Lamar and TDE recently showed Pap some love while out in New York for Summer Jam. In fact, Lamar shortened his own set to allow Papoose the opportunity to steal the last few minutes and perform his new single. However, that doesn’t seem to be playing any sort of factor as Pap has set his sights on the West Coast artist in the hopes of declaring lyrical warfare.
TMZ camera’s caught up with Wale outside of LAX to get his thoughts on Kendrick Lamar including his name in his latest lyrical bashing with his verse in Big Sean’s “Control.” The MMG rapper emphasizes that he would have felt offended if the TDE rapper had decided not to include him. Before parting ways with paparazzi, Wale goes on to confidently proclaim himself the best rapper in the world. One can only assume he probably wasn’t very impressed with Kendrick Lamar’s verse as much as the rest of the Hip Hop world.