On the verse itself:
"Honestly I didn't know it would be so much speculation—I just wanted to rap. If anybody knows me doing music, I wanna just rap."
On the "King of New York" lyric:
"I think that's a case where I maybe had to dumb down my lyrics just a little bit. The irony of that line is that the people that actually understood it and got it was the actual kings of New York. We've been down with them this past week, and them understanding that it's not about actually being the King of whatever coast, it's about leading the market as great as Biggie as great as Pac."
There it is! It's been two weeks or so since Kendrick Lamar set the hip hop world on fire with his verse on "Control". He hasn't done any interviews since, probably by choice and because he's been overseas on tour for select dates with Eminem. A lot of people are curious to hear his reaction to the feedback the verse has gotten and the responses from the many big-name emcees.
Today, K. Dot broke his silence on the topic in an interview with his hometown's Power 106. The full interview will run tomorrow morning, with the first preview being heard below (and transcribed above). To add to the intrigue, Kendrick will also be talking with Peter Rosenberg of New York's Hot 97 tomorrow morning. I know I want to hear more on his thoughts on the response tracks. Keep it locked between now and then for more on this...
*tips hat* NR
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