Juelz Santana Talks Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Control’ Verse, Working With A$AP Mob

Harlem native Juelz Santana was one of a rare few who wasn’t phased by Kendrick Lamar’s kingly claims on Big Sean’s “Control.” The “There It Go” rapper, who has run the New York streets alongside Cam’ron and Jim Jones as part of the Diplomats, says every lyricist is entitled to their own opinion.

“I don’t think it got underneath my skin as much as it did everyone else’s,” Juelz told VIBE on the red carpet of the BMI R&B/ Hip-Hop Awards Thursday night (August 22). “That’s music. You should be able to feel like you’re competitive and say things. I get why some people take the “king of New York” [offensive] but at the end of the day, it’s creative music.”

One of the lyricists to be name-dropped in K.Dot’s bomb-dropping verse was A$AP Rocky, who also shares uptown roots. While Juelz went on-record saying that the Mob’s leader did not “represent Harlem right” back in March, he changed his tune, saying that he’s been in talks with the Harlem kids about possibly doing a record with them.

“Me and A$AP (Rocky) been choppin’ it up,” Juelz says. “I don’t want to do it just to do it. I wanna have the right record. I wanna hear them on there but it gotta be a crazy record. It just gotta be worth it.”—Adelle Platon (@adelleplaton)