Kendrick Lamar is coming for the crown

Last night, Big Sean damn near broke the Internet when he released “Control,” a track that features Kendrick Lamar and Jay Electronica (though I don’t think anyone’s gotten to his verse…sorry Jay), and wasn’t able to be on his forthcoming sophomore album Hall Of Fame because of sample clearance issues.

“…IT IS NOT no radio sh*t.. Straight rap,” Sean warned before he released it. “I’m talking 7min shit… Grimey sh*t.” And grimey it is! Kendrick had arguably the best verse on the track, but undoubtedly the most talked about. Why? Well for starters, he’s calling out all of his peers by name and challenging them to come harder. Most importantly, though, he dubbed himself the KING OF NY. A rapper from Compton, CA…the other side of the country…comfortably called himself the king of a city he’s only visited. Just one day after we celebrated hip-hop’s 40th birthday. Yo, New York rappers…y’all gonna let him have that? Because as of right now, 10:12 AM on Tuesday, August 13, 2013…he got that.

Naturally, the people couldn’t just sit back and let this fly, and rappers began taking to Twitter to respond. Some were impressed and inspired, some were ready to get in the booth and show K. Dot a thing or two, some were hating (Lupe Fiasco…c’mon fam.) Unfortunately for me, hardly any of the rappers I want to hear respond have made even a mention that they’re going to be doing anything, save for Joe Budden and Loso (who was really busy being excited about finding some money in his pocket…thanks Relly for sending the birdcall.) I’m patiently waiting on Nicki Minaj, A$AP Rocky, Lil Wayne, Drake, Cam’Ron and J. Cole. The latter of whom, by the way, was dissed by his OWN FAN SITE when the track dropped! Sheesh! Check out all the responses thus far in the gallery. Who do you want to hear come back with a verse? (I’ll tell you who I DON’T want to hear….Uncle Murda, Papoose, Lil Mama…stay FAR AWAY FROM THE BOOTH! FAR AWAY!)

Marisa Mendez