Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Control’: Hip-Hop Rivalries All in Good Sport?

By Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac is an editor and reporter who has worked on a variety of topics over the course of her ten years with The Epoch Times, including science, the environment, and local New York news. She is currently working with The Epoch Times edition based in Southern California.
August 17, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Kendrick Lamar’s “Control,” released Tuesday calls out several big names in the world of hip-hop. Some got riled, some called it part of the game.

Lamar says in “Control”: “Jermaine Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Wale, Pusha T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake, Big Sean, Jay Electron, Tyler, Mac Miller, I got love for you all but I’m tryin’ to murder you …” Lamar also calls himself “King of New York.”

Hip-hop rivalries are old news—2-Pac and Biggie Smalls were among the rappers to have take swipes at each other. The west-coast/east-coast rivalry found its way into many rhymes. 

Meek Mill, one of Lamar’s targets, told CBS Philly: “It definitely wasn’t insulting. … I don’t think he was trying to insult any of us, you know. We all know each other personally.”

“I like those type of games,” he said. “It was a competition thing. … I live for competition. Everyone who knows me knows I don’t want to lose in a game of nothing. I don’t want to lose in a game of tic-tac-toe. I’m not going to make a diss record for Kendrick Lamar. But if he wants to get competitive, we’re going to have some fun.”

Pusha T, another target, simply tweeted to Lamar: “I hear you loud and clear.”

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Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac is an editor and reporter who has worked on a variety of topics over the course of her ten years with The Epoch Times, including science, the environment, and local New York news. She is currently working with The Epoch Times edition based in Southern California.