UPDATE: We were so inspired by Kendrick‘s body-the-world verse on this track that we made a t-shirt out of it…cop your own “Kendrick >” tee here, while the iron is hot.

Big Sean teams with Kendrick Lamar and Jay Electronica for his track “Control (HOF)”, which Kendrick Lamar smashes to pieces in a set of game changing bars that have officially lit a fire under the asses of everyone in hip-hop, from armchair critics to certified MCs. The track produced by No I.D., which will not make Big Sean’s forthcoming sophomore LP Hall Of Fame, has seen the light of day courtesy of the bomb dropper himself, Funkmaster Flex. Big Sean opens the track with a verse that plays with legitimate flow but does nothing to set him up to survive the second MC to hit the beat. It is unfortunate that this is Big Sean’s track when you consider that there are more than a few Detroit MCs that wouldn’t have thought twice about coming off or standing tall enough to stand against what would come next. The truth is that no one could have predicted what Kendrick was about to spit. Given the outcome, Big Sean has been a good sport about it. Kendrick Lamar officially resurrects the dead and the nation’s respect for the west with a verse that starts near a whisper and grows to a crescendo of carnage as he guts the entire game, giving an ironic credence to a line from Big Sean somewhere in the first verse: “No matter how far I get I always feel behind in my mind.” K. Dot insists he’s got love for his fellow MCs before confirming he’s trying to murder them all. By the time he’s proclaimed himself the king of New York – a move that prompted a response from Joey Bada$$ – and called out the biggest names in the game, his performance should leave no doubt that he’s serious:

“I’m Makaveli’s offspring/ I’m the king of New York/ King of the coasts/ One hand I juggle them both.

I’m usually homeboys with the same ni**as I’m rhymin’ with/ But this is hip-hop and them ni**as should know what time it is. And that goes for 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 tryna murder you ni**as/ Tryna make sure your core fans never heard of you ni**as/ They don’t wanna hear not one more noun or verb from you ni**as.”

Jay Electronica, though solid, is decidedly lost in the shuffle as the dust settles and people break their necks to replay Kendrick’s treatise. If nothing else, it is fitting that hip-hop celebrates its 40th anniversary by finally getting back to the real. Check the track below to witness the crime scene for yourself. Scroll down for a few reactions to Big Sean’s “Control (HOF)” from rap’s brightest, with responses ranging from hit-dog to heated and a few notes floating into the ether on carefully worded language that indicates a bunch of folks probably won’t respond. The moral of the story? Hip-hop is not dead.














  • Dev DallasCowboy John

    What game needed!

  • Marc Redix

    K.Dot clearly stated that he’s trying to raise the bar in Hip Hop. It seems to me that he’s trying to make the music better. Just like Lebron practiced with the Darantula last summer. Trying to improve the quality of the game. He should try to destroy what is perceived as competition. The other rappers should be doing the same thing. You think Jordan or Kobe or Lebron weren’t trying/ don’t try to completely dismantle their opponents? If not, why do it? Be friends away from your craft but doing so, take no prisoners. I’m glad he spit it like that. Let the nursery rhymes cease! He should shoot a video with the Okayplayer Cease & desist shirt on!

  • MJ Marine

    8/12/13 is clearly a much needed shot of 5 Year energy, lyrical steroid, a shot of moonshine & B-12 for HIP HOP Culture. I respect Big Shawn for droppin’ dimes to K. Dot & Jay Elect. Sucker MC’s left the club & the shake spot early last night. Composition notebooks were reviewed. Some soul searched about what would happen if Bars, Hooks & Wordplay mattered again. If said record companies truly saw, what the power of words, concepts & styles can do. How the www was shut down with only wordage, post & repost about the power & capabilities of true lyricism, cadence & melodic rhyme patterns. That was a late present to
    HIP HOP = Higher Infinite Power, Healing Our People!
    ADJNAMEDSLASH/ from the Westbank of New Orleans, La!

  • miguelescobar

    Sorry but is anyone listening to Jay Electronica’s verse?!?!? Just curious….

    • ساندرا (Sandra)


    • Derrick

      It’s a dope verse but it simply doesn’t fit on the song. I just learned that he sent the verse to Sean 1 or 2 months ago, so it makes sense how out of place it sounds.

  • KB!

    Proof positive that although I’m 40(proud to have survived) its not just my ole school sentiments…hip-hop has declined to the point that if an MC calls out anotha everyone think the cat lost his mind….young man wanna be the greatest…he got one fan ova here…cats don’t like it….SHUT HIM UP!!!! I look forward to the response, not how your homies “get at him in the streets” although I’m sure the Cali broth as can deal….grab the mic…give us classic!!!!!!

  • troof tella

    kendrick just forced every rapper to step their game up. this verse isn’t any kind of diss, as has been wrongly stated many times, but a call to arms.

  • SphR

    Listening to this verse, maybe Jaÿ-Z/Jay-Z/Jay Z/Almighty Go(o)d/Whatever h(H)e’s going to name h(H)imslefm will remember what rhyming/rapping/destoying a beat means.