Big Sean’s upcoming album, Hall of Fame, hasn’t hit stores yet, but a leaked track has got the internet all abuzz and it’s not because of Big Sean.
“Control (HOF)" is a song that was cut from Sean’s album due to licensing issues and it features an extended verse from rapper of the year, Kendrick Lamar. The “Poetic Justice” artist takes the opportunity to "call out" some of his closest industry friends likes Drake, Meek Mill, Mac Miller, A$AP Rocky and more.
Here is Kendrick’s verse:
I heard the barbershops be in great debates all the time
Bout who's the best MC? Kendrick, Jigga and Nas
Eminem, Andre 3000, the rest of y'all
New n***as just new n***as, don't get involved
I'm usually homeboys with the same n***as I'm rhymin' wit
But this is hip hop and them n***as should know what time it is
And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big KRIT, Wale
Pusha T, Meek Millz, A$AP Rocky, Drake
Big Sean, Jay Electron', Tyler, Mac Miller
I got love for you all but I'm tryna murder you n***as
Tryna make sure your core fans never heard of you n***as
They don’t wanna hear not one more noun or verb from you n***as
What is competition? I'm tryna raise the bar high
Who tryna jump and get it? You better off tryna skydive
Out the exit window of 5 G5’s with 5 grand
With your granddad as the pilot he drunk as f**k tryna land
With the hand full of arthritis and popping prosthetic leg
Bumpin Pac in the cockpit so the s**t that pops in his head
Is an option of violence, someone heard the stewardess said That your parachute is a latex condom hooked to a dread
Although some may see the verse as a catalyst for some nasty beef, many of the artists (and those alike) he calls out have actually shown support for the message and took it as a compliment.
“Hip Hop was born out of competition and raised by battles. This is what Music needs. More people who want to be the BEST,” tweeted RevoltTV, owned by Sean "Diddy" Combs.
“I hear u loud and clear my n***a… @kendricklamar” - @PUSHA_T
“I don’t feel like @kendricklamar dissed anybody. He just has moved up to another level. Y’all late overly dedicated n***a! Bruh been fire!!” - @TrinidadJamesGG
So, as it turns out, Lamar is simply calling out to his friendly competition and telling them he's not far behind them; infact, he's already–if not, almost–there.
Philadelphia-based rapper Meek Mill responded to the lyrics when he spoke with CBS Philly about his upcoming event, The Dream Chasers Summit, at Temple University. “Kendrick Lamar, I don’t think he was trying to insult any of us, you know. We all know each other personally.”
Lamar will perform at the 2013 Budweiser Made in America Festival in Philadelphia.