Jay Electronica Says ‘Control’ Is ‘Good For Rap Music’

The hip-hop community is still popping off about Kendrick Lamar’s murderous verse on Big Sean’s “Control.” While rappers like Joell Ortiz, Lupe Fiasco, B.o.B., Fred The Godson and more hit the booth to record their response tracks, Roc Nation’s Jay Electronica spoke on his contribution to the track that set Twitter ablaze with mixed emotions.

“I like the song and the stir it’s causing,” Jay told Revolt TV. “It’s good for rap music.”

Though K. dot’s lyrics sparked a wake up call for lyricists everywhere, Jay Elect’s verse did work over the No I.D. beat with bars like “I’m spittin’ this sh-t for closure/And God is my witness, so you could get it from Hova… That’s why I came with a rock, then signed my name on the Roc/Draw a line around some Earth, then put my name on the plot.”

Jay adds that “Control” was intended for Big Sean’s upcoming sophomore effort Hall Of Fame, due August 27, and wasn’t aware that Kendrick would be featured on the final mix.

“A month or two ago, Big Sean asked me to be on this record with him for his album. He had a demo hook on it at the time. I did my verse and sent it back,” Electronica explained. “I found out a couple days before it was released that Kendrick had put a verse on it.”

The song’s host Sean recently spoke to VIBE about the song’s explosive reaction. “I just want people to remember I had the song. I knew what it was,” he said. “I didn’t change my verse because I’m not a hoe ass nigga. I’m a real ass nigga from Detroit. I rep for everything that I do. I knew what it was going to do for hip-hop. I knew what it was going to do for the culture. This is the most exciting rap song to drop this year this year. Period.“—Anthony Centeno