4. Southern rappers will prove that they were listening to Kendrick Lamar's verse just as hard as New York rappers were listening to it.
Kendrick Lamar didn't completely ignore the South on his verse (he mentioned Andre 3000 and Big K.R.I.T. on it). But you'll notice that guys like T.I., Young Jeezy, Ludacris and, specifically, Lil Wayne weren't mentioned. Why?
Well, to be honest, Kendrick Lamar didn't have all day to sit and name every single artist that he respects in the rap game. But by not naming more Southern rappers—and by choosing to make his "King of New York" reference one of the verse's real sticking points—we think he may have opened a few eyes and ruffled a few feathers in the South. So we wouldn't be surprised at all to hear some of those guys stepping their games up in the coming months and years.
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