Kendrick Lamar has finally spoken up regarding his recent headlining verse on Big Sean’s “Control”, admitting he wasn’t expecting the attention it got.
“Honestly I didn’t know it would be so much speculation behind it,” Kendrick said during an interview with Power 106 Los Angeles. “I just wanted to rap. If anybody knows me doing music, I wanna just rap.”
He also explained that the song’s infamous “King of New York” line might’ve been taken the wrong way.
“The irony of that line is that the people that actually understood it and got it was the actual kings of New York,” Kendrick said. “Me sitting down with them this past week, and them understanding that it’s not about actually being the ‘King’ of whatever coast. It’s about leaving a mark as great as Biggie, as great as Pac.”
If you missed it — you probably didn’t — Kendrick Lamar called out several rap peers on “Control,” and referred to himself as the King of New York and the West Coast… as well as descendant of late rapper Tupac Shakur.
“I’m Makaveli’s offspring,” he raps on the song. “I’m the King of New York, King of the Coast, one hand, I juggle them both.”
Since then, several New York rappers, including Raekwon and Papoose, said that Kendrick’s claim was unwarranted.