Diddy On Kendrick Lamar’s ‘King Of NY’ Line: ‘You Got To Be A Prince Before You Can Be A King’

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Stacy-Ann Ellis / October 21, 2013

It’s mid October and folks are still making Kendrick Lamar’s lethal “Control” verse a crucial conversation piece. Business and music mogul Diddy has thrown his share of jabs about the attention grabbing “King of New York” line, but he recently sat down with L.A.’s Power 106 to share how he really feels about K.Dot’s kingly proclamation.

“When I was coming up, I always stated I was a king because I knew who I was,” Diddy told interviewer Big Boy. “That’s like knowledge of self. So with [Kendrick] being a king, he’s a king, Jay’s a king, Ye’s a king but there are some cats that are not kings. You got to be a prince sometimes before you can be a king.”

But don’t get it twisted, Kendrick is still worthy of a crown in Puff’s eyes. “Kendrick is deserving of his crown because he took hip-hop and put it on his back so crazy and has given birth to a whole type of real hip-hop generation that we needed to come back and it came from a cat that was, ironically, from the West Coast,” he continued. “He went back to the essence of what hip-hop is about.” Listen to the entire interview below.

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