Today In Hip-Hop | The 'Control' Verse

Have you ever looked around on a particular day and thought, 'I wonder what I was up to this time last year?'

Hip-hop extraordinaire and keen wordsmith Kendrick Lamar already knows the answer to this question loud and clear. It was on August 13, 2013 - exactly one year ago today - when rapper Big Sean released a track that was leftover from his sophomore album Hall Of Fame. The track - as plenty of hip-hop heads will already know - was titled 'Control'.

Kendrick Lamar has cemented himself into the scene with ferocity. His ability to craft words and rhythm into narratives that give you an insight into his, and his crews life, is impeccable. His own album 'Good Kid M.A.A.D City', released in 2012, made a monumental impact on the scene as a whole. If you hadn't heard of Kendrick after that, then you needed to distance yourself from society, listen, and integrate yourself back into real life as soon as possible.

What made the Control verse worth talking about, is because KL tore his verse apart, while also directing (and blatantly naming) a lot of his aggression at fellow rappers. Some of the names on his hit list were undoubtedly some of your favourites.

Have a listen to some of the fire below, in what sparked a controversy among the hip-hop community and a flurry of responses from artists around the globe. Kendrick - one of the best.

"I'm usually homeboys with the same niggas I'm rhymin' wit,
But this is hip hop and them niggas 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 niggas".


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