News: Jay Electronica Unplugs The 'Control' Controversy Amid Kendrick Lamar Backlash
Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013 4:15PM
Roc Nation's Jay Electronica has stepped forward to speak out on the new "Control" record and how Big Sean approached him to appear on the publicized rap anthem.
With the song still catching a widespread buzz, Jay Elect acknowledged the attention "Control" has received.
""I like the song and the stir it's causing," Jay Elect exclusively tells REVOLT about the highly-publicized record. "It's good for rap music." The aftermath of "Control" found rappers like Joe Budden, Fabolous, Big Daddy Kane, Meek Mill, Wale, Pusha T all speaking their thoughts on Twitter, while rappers like Joell Ortiz, Fred the Godson, B.o.B, Los and most recently, Lupe Fiasco ran to the booth to fire back on the mic. Jay says that he was asked by Sean to hop on the record a few months ago and had no idea that K. Dot was also going to be part of the mix. "A month or two ago, Big Sean asked me to be on this record with him for his album. He had a demo hook on it at the time. I did my verse and sent it back," the Roc Nation lyricist explained. "I found out a couple days before it was released that Kendrick had put a verse on it." (REVOLT TV)
G.O.O.D Music's Big Sean has also addressed the track and noted the competitive nature of hip-hop being on full display this week.
"When I heard [Kendrick's] verse I wasn't about to go back and change my verse--that's cheating," Big Sean tells VIBE. "That ain't the way of an O.G. That ain't how G's move. I wanted to [release the song] for the culture of hip-hop as opposed to myself. "It's hip-hop. It's a sport. It should get back to being competitive if that's what people want to do. I ain't no h*e a** n*gga like that to hear a verse like that and be like 'I gotta go back and [rewrite] my sh*t, I gotta go protect myself.' Nah, it is what it is. I'm a good a** rapper. I just want people to remember I had the song. I knew what it was. No, I didn't change my verse because I'm not a h*e a** n*gga. I'm a real a** n*gga from Detroit. I rep for everything that I do. I knew what it was going to do for hip-hop. I knew what it was going to do for the culture. This is the most exciting rap song to drop this year this year. Period." (VIBE)
On the "Control" track, Kendrick unloads some heavy bars and name-drops rap's biggest names.
Big Sean, 25, took to Twitter to release his latest single, "Control" to his over 4 million Twitter followers, which features 26-year-old rapper Kendrick Lamar. "I'm usually homeboys with the same n****s i'm rhymin wit/But this is hip hop and them n****s 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 n****s/Tryna make sure your core fans never heard of you n****s." He also has a verse that says: "I'm Machiavelli's offspring, I'm the king of New York/King of the Coast, one hand, I juggle them both." (Hollywood Life)
Philadelphia rapper Cassidy freestyled over the "Control" beat to unleash some witty lyrics today (August 14).
"Ain't no rapper tough as me, that's why they don't f*ck with me," Cass continues. "They can label this a diss when the song drop/'Cause I'm better than your favorite rapper by a long shot/You gonna have to bring the song back after the song stop and rewind all the punchlines that this song got/I paint pictures, no Photoshop/I'm not the King of New York but the King of New York know I'm hot/And no I'm not trying to be the king of Philly/But I been holding down my city/Just as Gillie, really/If any of you n*ggas act silly, I'll be happy to compete/You seen what happen to Meek/I'm not rapping to get back in the booth/I'm just rapping to be competitive" ("Control" Freestyle)
Check out "Control":