Kendrick Lamar Was Surprised at Control Verse Impact - Rapper Speaks Out
He won't stop.
Kendrick Lamar got exactly what he wanted when he spat the now-infamous incendiary verse on Big Sean’s ‘Control.’ He told his fellow rappers – some of which he works with – that he’s out to outdo them in every way possible, and it caused quite a stir.
A confident Kendrick called out other rappers in the controversial verse
"Honestly I didn’t know there would be so much speculation behind it,” Lamar said to radio station Power 106, although the furore surrounding his lengthy verse will only move to help complete his mission. “I just wanted to rap. Anybody that knows me doing music, I wanna just rap." (Rolling Stone)
For the rapper, who, as anyone who knows him would attest, 'just wants to rap', burst on the scene after years of slogging with ‘Section.80’ before really upsetting the applecart with ‘good kid, M.A.A.d city’, it’s all about doing what the legendary rappers before him did: make their mark.
“The irony of that line is the people that actually understood it and got it was the actual kings of New York." He continued, “You know, 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.”
Kendrick Lamar performing in Glasgow
And now that he’s made his mark, it doesn’t look like Kendrick is read to relent anytime soon. "A lot of people think it's about talent, that's where they get it wrong. I'm saying I'm the most hungry. I respect the legends in the game, I respect the people that done it before me, the people that lost their lives over this. Because of what they laid down, I'm gonna try to go harder, breathe it and live it — that's the point of the whole verse."