Kendrick Lamar has been receiving some blowback from fellow hip-hop artists and fans alike for his guest verse on Big Sean’s “Control.” The vicious verse has Kendrick labeling himself as both the “King of New York” and the “King of The West Coast,” while he calls out a number of hip-hop artists by name and makes references to a few others.
Today, Lamar went on Los Angeles’ Power 106 and New York’s Hot 97 to discuss the verse. To sum up Lamar’s overall feelings, he said, “I didn’t know there would be so much speculation. I just want to rap.”
Addressing the “King of New York” line Lamar said, “The people that actually understood it and got it was the actual kings of New York. We’ve been down with them this past week, and them understanding that it’s not about actually being the King of whatever coast, it’s about leaving the mark as great as Biggie, as great as Pac.”
In his similar interview with Hot 97, Lamar said it wasn’t about personally attacking any artists, but simply about the competitive nature of the rap game and trying to be the best, “At the end of the day, you know, if you listen to the line, these are cats that I feel like inspire the game and they aspire to be the best just like I aspire to be the best.”
Listen to the full interview of Kendrick Lamar with Hot 97.