Black Friday isn't just a big day for shopping — it's also a big day for music on the strength of the new "TKO RMX" alone.
Justin Timberlake enlists J. Cole, A$AP Rocky, and Pusha T for the new version that leaves his vocals on the hook. Everyone will be talkin' about it because of J. Cole's response to Kendrick Lamar's "Control" verse.
IMHO, it sounds like he glorifies it even more on accident, even saying his family was wondering how he'd respond and how the girl he was courtin' had it playing on her iPhone. As a result, I'm not sure the bars that follow are that strong. Listen in below and determine for yourself.
Justin Timberlake "TKO RMX" f/ J. Cole, A$AP Rocky, & Pusha T
Here's Drake's reaction to "Control", and it's a juicy one.
"I didn't really have anything to say about it," Drake says. "It just sounded like an ambitious thought to me. That's all it was. I know good and well that Kendrick's not murdering me, at all, in any platform. So when that day presents itself, I guess we can revisit the topic." - Drake
This excerpt comes from the upcoming issue of Billboard, of which Drake happily graces the cover. Your thoughts on Drizzy's reaction to "Control"?
Kendrick Lamar talks "Control" with Rosenberg on Hot 97
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I begin tonight with Kendrick Lamar addressing "Control" in a series of new interviews today. First, he talked with Rosenberg of Hot 97 this morning in a candid 20 minute chat heard above. He talks about how he heard "Control" was making the waves it did when he was across the pond in the U.K. at the time of its release, his favorite of the responses (King Los), and much more about the hip hop game. I let this play in the background while I was cooking breakfast this morning. ICYMI, you can do so too.
Kendrick also appeared on Chelsea Lately for the first time tonight and the two touched on "Control" and the VMA performance as some fun back and forth by Chelsea made it more interesting. Watch that one below.
"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...
Looks like Kendrick has some thank you notes to write, specifically to all the rappers who gave him free press in the last week over his monumental "Control" verse. Since the release of the Big Sean and Jay Electronica track that Lamar guested on, his debut release "good kid, m.A.A.d. city," released almost a year ago now, jumped from #52 on the Billboard charts back into the Top 40. This no doubt has everything to do with all the hype surrounded the aforementioned earth-shattering verse. This also boosted the album past the 1 million mark, making it a certified platinum album.
As this writer predicted, based on the expert analysis of Young Guru, Kendrick indeed wins any of these "feuds" he's gotten himself into by default. The more rappers that continue to call him out are only diverting attention away from them and eating out of his palm.
The controversy doesn't seem to be letting up either. Cassidy released another freestyle, this time over Jay Z's "Picasso Baby", referencing Lamar. Raekwon also spoke to itsbizkit.com about his claim to the King of New York throne, which Rae doesn't take seriously (as no one should) and calls himself a fan of the young troublemaker. In other words, keep talking guys, you're only gonna help him sell records.
One more Kendrick Lamar "Control" response. I promise, this one's a good one. After all, when a fire is lit under Gemstones you know you're going to hear his most intense, high-speed flow, which is one of a kind with the way he can pronounce everything clearly with his unique voice. And that's exactly what you get as Gemstones wasn't exactly impressed with Kendrick's verse, Kendrick's name-dropping and legendary comparisons, and baffled at the amount of hype it got.
My favorite part is Gemstones' flurry of questions directly to Kendrick, especially the direction Gem went with it. Keep your ears tuned above — it's 2 minutes of furious raps and just a precursor to more new music and moves to come from Gem. "Nonsense" is right up there in the Kendrick responses with Lupe's and Mickey Factz so be sure to add this one to the collection. (Dope artwork above as well.)
Joe Budden was talkin about it since the night it came out, and alas, here it is — his response to Kendrick Lamar's "Control".
He, as you'd imagine, is as intense as ever in an attempt to bring Kendrick back down to earth. Unfortunately, this one's hard to follow at the moment with only a LQ UStream rip available for now (Budden premiered it to his fans there). I'm sure we'll hear a CDQ soon. Budden's worth listening to for a response so I'm curious to sit with this again.