Kendrick Lamar finally broke his silence about his controversial verse on Big Sean’s “Control.”
Following an interview with Power 106 L.A., the Compton rapper called into Hot 97′s “Cipha Sounds & Rosenberg Show” to talk about it’s reaction, the infamous “King of New York” line, and his favorite response.
As far as the “King of New York” bar, Kendrick said most people took it the wrong way.
“It made feel like I gotta probably dumb down my lyrics nowadays for the people that take it way outta context the way they did,” he explained. “The irony behind it all is the main heads that really understood the context of the line was the actual kings of New York. The cats that I’ve sat down with this past week and those that understand that it’s not about the coast, it’s not about what side we on. It’s about being as big as Biggie or Pac, the two cats that I’ve referenced from jump.
“I feel like I’m a student of the work that they did. And eventually, when I put down 20 years in the game, I can eventually plant my foot and have that same type of legacy. For people that try and make it out into something that it’s not, I’d never take the history behind what Pac laid or what B.I.G. laid.”
Since the verse, there was several responses, so who’s was Kendrick’s favorite?
“I like the Los verse. Joe Budden did his thing… Joell. I like people with different approaches,” he said. “They was stating they facts. Joey had the facts in his verse, a few things that he felt. Papoose had the comical joint. Los was flipping his words and putting that spark on it. I think he had the killer thing though, Los. Los killed it out of everybody. But the number one joint at the top of the list had to be Chocolate Drop, Kevin Hart. That dude’s funny. He made light of the situation.”
Also, during the interview, he said he had a conversation with Jay Z, Diddy regarding the verse. Listen below.