After all the responses and different opinions, Kendrick Lamar has finally come out to address the controversial “Control” verse. K.Dot broke his silence and spoke with Peter Rosenberg and Big Boy of LA’s Power 106.
In spite of adequate name-drops, and the now infamous statement of being the king of New York, Mr.Lamar was shocked by all the backlash that was given.
“Honestly I didn’t know there would be so much speculation behind it,” said Kendrick. “I just wanted to rap. Anybody that knows me doing music, I wanna just rap.” He also proclaimed himself the “king of New York,” which rubbed some rappers the wrong way. “I think that’s the case right there of maybe I just dumbed down my lyrics just a little bit,” he said. But he didn’t mean it literally. He had a conversation with some of hip-hop’s elite, who weren’t offended by his verse. “The irony of that line is the people that actually understood it and got it, was the actual kings of New York,” explained K-Dot. “You know, me sitting 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 a mark as great as Biggie, as great as Pac.” (Rap-Up)
You can listen to the whole interview below: