Kendrick Lamar FINALLY Address the "Control" craze! Find out what he really meant about being the 'King Of New York' and what his favorite Response record was inside.

Two weeks after K Dot called out every relevant rapper in the game, "King Kendrick" is finally ready to talk about the infamous "Kendrick Verse" on Big Sean's Control. Listen to his in-depth conversation with Peter Rosenberg above.


K Dot said he was surprised by the reaction to the verse, especially since it “was really just a feature verse.” In fact, Lamar said he was in the UK during the time of the song’s release and wasn’t aware of the Internet reaction until a few days later.

“I really wanted to just get on there and rap. I really just wanted to challenge myself to rap some bars.”


So the question we all want answers to is, does Kendrick really Think HE is the King of New York?!

“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. 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. " - Kendrick Said

King Los

Kendrick Lamar mentions some of his favorite response records.

I like the Los verse. 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.
… Joell. I like people with different approaches. They was stating they facts.

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.”

In the interview Kendrick confirms that the last thing he wants to start is another East Coast West Coast War of rappers.

“It’s rap, man. People know I respect them… The whole point of the culture is to elevate the culture… I think the people who really took it out of context were the people who wanna make opportunity off the hype of the record rather than tuning in and listening.


The ignorance behind it, you can kill that noise. It will never be like that again where two coasts rival. Not on my behalf, not while I’m doing this. I think the OGs in the game want that competitive nature but with no bloodshed. I’m way too wise, too polished to get caught up in the hype of the media. What I am scared of is cats who are not that polished who get caught up on their Twitter responses and what their homies are saying.”

Well there you have it Kendrick's Response to his own verse!

Click here to see my Top 5 Responses to #KendricksVerse