One year after dropping his controversial “Control” verse, Kendrick Lamar returns with a brand new single, entitled “i.”
In an interview with “Big Boy’s Neighborhood” on Power 106 this week, the Compton rap star reflected on the record that changed hip-hop. “When I went in and did the [‘Control’] verse, I thought I was just having fun,” Kendrick explained. “But, I see how the world took it and flipped the media. I realized it has been 10-15 years before it’s been some type of shaking up in the game.”
Although he called out peers such as Drake and J. Cole, he says there’s no ill will between any of them. “I think hip-hop is a sport, so you’re gonna have these little spits and spats,” added Kendrick. “It’s all good because personally I respect these dudes as people, so outside of that, it’s really nothing.
“I respect their music. I respect them as individuals and creators. I think what the media tried to do is insane because they take these black young brothers and really try to clash it and make them bump heads and it’s not right. I think that’s why it’s great to really show people how we support one another.”
In a separate interview with 97.1 AMP Radio, Kendrick discussed why he sampled the Isley Brothers’ 1973 single “That Lady” on his new Rahki-produced “i.”
“I was raised off the Isley Brothers,” said K-Dot. “I actually had to go to St. Louis and get the blessing from Mr. Ronald Isley himself. He gave me his blessings and you can hear him on a few ad libs in the record.”
Despite a new single, Kendrick remains tight-lipped about his anticipated sophomore album, which he hopes to release later this year.