Tuesday, August 13, 2013

"Control": Kendrick Lamar Rules Big Sean's Track


The latest hip-hop collaboration from Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar and Jay Electronica is overwhelming. But, all because of a commanding appearance by the genre's golden kid, it overwhelms in the best way possible.

What was supposed to be on Big Sean's forthcoming album Hall of Fame (before sample clearance issues), "Control (HOF)" explodes with an old school street thump, busy background sample and three battling voices proclaiming supremacy verse after verse. Big Sean and Jay Electronica impress, there's no doubt about that, but Kendrick's growling mid-song blows are groundbreaking - destroying everything in his path as he rips through some of his most brash and genius declarations of greatness.

On his bloodthirsty verse - one that might be the best of this year - good kid Kendrick hastily dismisses the competition, barking: "...And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Wale, Pusha-T, Meek Mill, 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 dont wanna hear one more noun or verb from you n***as."

Ouch. It's safe to assume Kendrick will receive some concerned phone calls from pals this evening.

Even though Kanye's pinched the title of angriest rhymer this summer, Kendrick's clearly ready to give him a run for his money and re-secure his "hottest MC in the game" title with any good kid, m.A.A.d city follow-up. I'm feeling this side of Kendrick - so let's not kill his vibe.

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