Last night (Aug. 12) served as a normal on Twitter, with the normal banter of $200 dates, Love And Hip-Hop Atlanta, and the upcoming week in football. That is, until we received notice from Big Sean that he would be releasing a cut that was left off his upcoming sophomore album, Hall Of Fame.
“Straight rap,” Sean tweeted minutes after Hot 97 DJ Funkmaster Flex unleashed “Control” onto the rap blogosphere.
What served originally as an anticipated collaboration between Sean, Kendrick Lamar and nomadic rapper Jay Electronica would quickly become the throwing of the gauntlet in the rap game by Lamar. Sean and Electronica’s lyrics fell quickly to the wayside as Kendrick acknowledged the legends in the game as peers and all of his peers as competition. And Lamar broke a habit that has plagued hip-hop for some time and got right to the point.
“I’m usually homeboys with the same n*ggas I’m rhymin’ wit, but this is hip-hop and them n*ggas should know what time it is. And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big Krit, Wale, Pusha T, Meek Mill, ASAP Rocky, Drake. Big Sean, Jay Electron, Tyler, Mac Miller, I love for you all but I’m tryna murder you n*ggas. Tryin make your core fans never heard of you n*ggas, they don’t want to hear one more noun or verb from you n*ggas.”
In an industry where competition has seemed to take a subtle backseat, leave it to the Compton representer to shake things up and make a statement. With online reactions from Joey Bada$$, Pusha T and more, we can only hope some audio responses, both good and bad, can come of this.
Here are some of the top Twitter reactions from Kendrick Lamar’s verse, and let us know your thoughts in the comments:
— Persian (@ThatPersianGuy) August 13, 2013
Big Sean heard Kendricks verse and was lik this pic.twitter.com/JG3GN5czL1
— ASVP CVYKE$ (@iamhusk) August 13, 2013
I hear u loud and clear my nigga... @kendricklamar
— PUSHA T (@PUSHA_T) August 13, 2013
Big sean verse was weak. Sorry
— oG $wank. (@joeyBADASS_) August 13, 2013
— Young Dope Gawd (@steveisDOPE) August 13, 2013
I thought you was my mans http://t.co/z7EgTowz3I
— Holden Caulfield (@thisisrory) August 13, 2013
— Dom Hennedy (@CoryTownes) August 13, 2013
Times like this is when Hip-Hop needs a board. There are a litany of weak struggle bars being aimed at Kendrick Lamar right now.
— Alvin aqua Blanco (@Aqua174) August 13, 2013