Is Lamar's new song a show of love or of force?
Kendrick Lamar is rising to the top and won’t let anybody stand in his way, the rapper has made that much clear by calling out a bunch of rappers on his latest track “Control (HOF)”. Actually, name dropped would be a more accurate description, because the list of… um… homeboys includes quite a few big names.
Lamar might have "mad love" for them...
In the new track, which you can listen to via NME, Lamar raps: "I'm usually homeboys with the same nigg*s I'm rhyming with/ But this is hip-hop and them niggas should know what time it is/ And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big KRIT, Wale, Pusha-T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake, Big Sean, Jay Electron', Tyler, Mac Miller/ I got love for you all but I'm trying to murder you n****s".
But that won't stop him from trying to "murder" them.
That’s quite a controversial message, but at least he’s being friendly about it, sort of. In any case, if there’s anyone, who can afford the friendly rivalry with the likes of J Cole and Jay Z, it’s Kendrick Lamar, who has become a household name in the past couple of years. This year, he topped MTV’s Hottest MCs In The World Poll, beating out the likes of 2 Chainz, Kanye West and Rick Ross. And with a platinum record (good kid, m.A.A.d. city) and sold out shows across the country, the rapper definitely has some backing for his confidence.
Well, as long as it's with love...