Kendrick Lamar’s verse on Big Sean’s “Control” has created waves of excitement and praise from fans but at the same time has received much criticism.
In an interview with Rap-Up, the West Coast rapper stated that he was surprised by all the attention his cocky lyrics have received.
“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.”
“I think that’s the case right there of maybe I just dumbed down my lyrics just a little bit,” he said. “The irony of that line is the people that actually understood it and got it, was the actual kings of New York. 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.”