Right from the moment Control dropped, we all knew we were gonna see some of the best periods of core rap in recent times.
After the brouhaha calmed down on social media, a lot of artistes got in to the booth to prepare their replies.
While none seem to be bothered with Kendrick’s name calling and murder declaration, all took offense to Kendrick calling himself the King of New York.
Lets take a look at them one after the other.
Joell Ortiz: The Yaowa wasn’t mentioned by Kendrick, but that didn’t stop him from being the first to hijack the “Control” beat and get busy. “Little homey, you ain’t the king of New York/ You the next thing on my fork,” the Slaughterhouse MC spits.
Lupe Fiasco: After a lengthy Twitter rant, Carrera Lu dropped the sequel to his fan-favorite “Super Lupe Raps” and takes Kendrick to task. He also gets props for using an original beat. “He so crazy, look at the little baby/ N—a you ain’t Nas, n—a you ain’t Jay Z,” he raps.
Papoose: Earlier this year, Kendrick and Pap were on the same page after Dot helped the Brooklyn verbalist overtake Hot 97’s Summer Jam stage, but those days are clearly over. “Kendrick, Kanye and Drake they act feminine/ Wear a lot of clothes you usually see women in,” ‘Poose raps on what is easily the most scathing K-Dot diss thus far.
Cassidy: Cassidy took a storied battle career and was primed to be one of rap’s promising hit makers — his first single featured R. Kelly — but this Philly spitter’s most famous days are behind him. Still, he goes on for six minutes doing what he does best, delivering bars. Interestingly enough, he praises Kendrick for the inspiration and takes aim at other rappers like Meek Mill.
B.o.B.: Bobby Ray is a beast; remember when he combatted Tyler, the Creator on “No Future?” Sadly, his Kendrick response didn’t go over as well. “How 2 Rap” remains super-creative throughout, with B.o.B switching flows and playing the guitar, but in the end it just doesn’t connect.
While some disses have actually been intellectual, some rappers are just trying to get in the limelight.
Either way, it’s obvious that Kendrick Lamar woke up the game (or certain parts of it), and there are sure to be more responses in coming weeks.
Surprisingly though, none of the artistes Kendrick called has responded!