Clap Back: Ranking The Best (And Worst) Responses To Kendrick Lamar's 'Control' Verse
August 16, 2013 - 6:54 pm
Since Kendrick Lamar's atrocious and vicious delivery on Big Sean's "Control" hit the world on Monday (Aug. 12), a myriad of responses have come out the woodwork. Even Knicks baller Iman Shumpert and comedian Kevin Hart had to spit a response to K. Dot's self-proclamation of the "King of NY." Wrapping up this hip-hop recharged week, VIBE ranks the worst and the best responses (still waiting for return fire from Fab and Joe Budden!). Hit the flip to see which MC came off hardest —Andrew Asare
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16. Riff Raff - "Bling Outta Control (The Neon Response)"
Standout bars: "Violence is the root of evil though I'm touchin' no one/Still I wish success on everybody, never had a carbon-copy/I hope you have a beautiful family and your label is successful, financially"
VIBE says: Riff Raff trolls us once again. Smh.
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15. Iman Shumpert - "Dear Kendrick"
Standout bar:You the king of New York since '007, don't play that/That's the big homie, I hope the Knicks spend on me/So I can keep the same jersey I came in withVIBE says: Iman, please have a seat on the bench.
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14. Bizzy Crook - "Kendrick Forgot About Me"
Standout bar:I've been moving like ADD nigga/Kendrick Lamar was never talkin' bout meVIBE says: Seems like Bizzy Crook missed the point.
13. Fred Da Godson – “Say My Name” (Kendrick Lamar Response)
Standout bar:This is verbal murder, I know I'm killing your vibe/You got New York sick so you the cancer/It's like Philly '96 draft, I'm The AnswerVIBE says: Valiant attempt, but we'd rather hear 40 bars from Allen Iverson, himself.
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12. Ransom - "Control" (Kendrick Lamar Response)
Standout bars: I'm Making these niggas feel like the sky's falling/guys crawling/women screaming for mercy/Ransom don't hurt me these versesVIBE says: Cool reply, bro. Still waiting on a lyrical address to Nicki Minaj.
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11. King Los - "Control" (Remix)
Standout bars:Kendrick I think you genius, J. Cole got these niggas worried/Big KRIT is a Southern killer, Wale is a visionary/Pusha been pushing so long he truly defines a hustler/
VIBE says: Los takes the high road. Maybe he'll get a feature verse out of it.
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10. Kevin Hart - "Control" (Video: Kendrick Lamar Response)
Standout bars:Kendrick Lamar, you don’t want this work/ I body people in bins bigger than pots and dirt/I got Porta Potties in the dug out first base/You come to my base/that means you wanna chase me/VIBE says: You gon' get this work! With just the intensity in his face, in 15 seconds Kevin Hart tops several Kendrick responses.
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7. Uncle Murda - "The Response (Kendrick Lamar Diss)"
Standout Bar:Everybody want to be homeboys, rappers competition, start competing/(Lets go)for calling out niggas name, Kendrick I thank you/But for saying you the king, niggas want me to spank youVIBE Says: Uncle Murda wanted to pull out the leather belt on K. Dot.
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8. B.o.B - "How 2 Rap" (Kendrick Lamar Response)
Standout bars:Ain't no rappers on my list/Come holla at me when you're done riding each others dick/25 million singles worlwide, I'll guess I'll take another hitVIBE says: B.o.B is in his feelings for not being mentioned. The "Swimming Pools (Drank)" mockery is priceless, though. Not sure why so many folks forget this guy can really, really rap. .
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Standout bars:Fake Omar Epps, just be a schoolboy, Q/Gonna prove Factz wrong, talk over that shit/You set the bar high, nigga, I vault over that shit/Hollywood star, nigga, I walk over that shit/You say you sick? I cough over that shitVIBE says: Wow, there's a resemblance between K. Dot and Omar Epps? (::rewinds Juice::) Anywho, Mickey killed in this response, and he's coming for everybody on that Black Hippy roster. When is that debut album coming?
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6. Astro - "Kony" (Kendrick Lamar Response)
Standout bars:Talking about how you the king of this state, that's time wasted/You kicked harder lines on the Miguel collaborations/VIBE says: Astro's taking shots! Real clever, and save for an F-bomb he's keeps it rated PG.
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5. Cassidy - "Control" (Freestyle)
Standout bars:My bars been crazy, I'm Slim Shady with black skin/I got the battling belt/The hardest battle I done ever been in is when I battled myself/I hold weight so don't make a giant battle with elfVIBE says: Cassidy lets it be known that he does this. Just ask Freeway.
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Standout bar:Little homie you ain’t the king of New York/You the next thing on my forkVIBE says: This is no first-responder advantage. Joell Ortiz is heated and hungry, literally.
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3. Joe Budden - "Lost Control (Freestyle) "
Standout bars:"This ain't to Kendrick Lamar, the nigga Kendrick got bars/I heard his shit and wasn't offended at all/And as it played I heard him say I wasn't mentioned with y'all/Joell started it, only right I finish the job/So all that shit is revocable, from an overview/Only thing noticeable is how he barely gave me any quotables/I state facts, not to say it's wack but check the playback/Outrhyming A$AP ain't showing me where your weight at"VIBE Says: Joey blacked out. Period.
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2. Papoose - "Control"
Standout bar:Good kid, mad city, you know nothing about the trap/On your album cover you sat on another man's lap/VIBE says: Coming out of no where, Papoose emerges with this scathing attack on K. Dot. Pretty good, but c'mon Papoose, you should cut Kendrick some slack for giving you shine at Summer Jam. #neverforget
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1. Lupe Fiasco - "SLR 2"
Standout bars:I ain't competition, I don't move shit/The only opposition is this new shit... He's so crazy, look at the little baby/Nigga you ain't Nas, nigga you ain't Jay-Z/You will respect me, you will reject me/But I've done so much, no matter how far you go, you will reflect meVIBE says: Lupe didn't even have to drop K. Dot's name to get his message across. Touché.
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