2013’s Best Hip-Hop Moment: A Timeline Of Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” Verse

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It was the moment that normally wouldn’t have been a moment in Hip-Hop. During a guest slot on Big Sean’s song Control, a song that didn’t even make the album, a song that everyone forgot Jay Electronica was even on, Kendrick Lamar dropped a verse that not only verbally threatened J Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Wale, Pusha T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake, Big Sean, Jay Electronica, Tyler & Mac Miller with lyrical annihilation, but also declared the west coast native as the “king of NY.”

And I’m gonna get it even if you’re in the way

And if you’re in it, better run for Pete’s sake

I heard the barbershops spittin’ great debates all the time

Bout who’s the best MC? Kendrick, Jigga and Nas

Eminem, Andre 3000, the rest of y’all

New niggas just new niggas, don’t get involved

And I ain’t rockin no more designer sh*t

White T’s and Nike Cortez, this is red Corvettes anonymous

I’m usually homeboys with the same niggas I’m rhymin’ wit

But this is hip hop and them niggas should know what time it is

And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big KRIT, Wale

Pusha T, Meek Millz, A$AP Rocky, Drake

Big Sean, Jay Electron’, Tyler, Mac Miller

I got love for you all but I’m tryna murder you niggas

Tryna make sure your core fans never heard of you n*ggas

They dont wanna hear not one more noun or verb from you n*ggas

What is competition? I’m tryna raise the bar high

Who tryna jump and get it? You better off tryna skydive

Out the exit window of 5 G5’s with 5 grand

With your granddad as the pilot he drunk as f*ck tryna land

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Back in the day, being called out on a record was no big deal. But in the post Biggie and Pac, lets-all-be-friends-all-the-time-because-nobody-wants-to-die era, K. Dot threw down the gauntlet to Hip-Hop as a whole and with one guest verse, opened the floodgates for a response tsunami unseen in the culture before now. From high-level CEO’s like Diddy to former NBA championship coaches like Phil Jackson, it seemed like everyone had to have something to say. MrMecc of TheUrbanDaily sat down with NY new jacks like Mickey Factz who responded with a verse of his own, as well as OG’s like Black Rob and U-God who didn’t. And whether they thought it was fly or foul, they all had to deal with the good kid from the M.A.A.D. city. Even Mr. top five himself, Jadakiss had to share his perspective with the world on behalf of the Empire State.

“That should be everybody’s mindset,” Jadakiss told TheUrbandaily.com of Kendrick Lamar’s boast on “Control” that he was “The King Of New York,” but insisted that people have been running with only half of the verse. “Before he said ‘I’m the King of New York’ he said ‘I’m the son of Makaveli.’ So he was making a comparison of representing Big and Pac, but people just let that Makaveli line slip.”

But in case you had a hard time keeping up with the whole phenomenon, here is a timeline of the greatest hip-hop moment of 2013.

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