G-Unit’s 50 Cent has spoke out in light of Kendrick Lamar becoming a household name these last few weeks with the release of his hard-hitting “Control” verse.
Fully supportive of Lamar’s strategic bars, Fif said New York expected artists like himself and rap mogul Jay Z to respond.
“That was the line necessary to make everyone stop,” Fif said in an interview. “Look at all the responses. They all were responses to ‘King of New York,’ not him actually saying their names. [Joell Ortiz‘s response?] Yeah, I heard it. Want me to tell you what I would have did? I would have let everybody’s response play and then been in the studio. They’re not the guy New York City was expecting to respond on behalf. [Who’d they expect to respond?] Me. Me or maybe Jay.” (“The Funkmaster Flex Show”)
He also compared Lamar’s “Control” track to his 1999 standout anthem, “How 2 Rob.”
“Nah, ’cause I had already caught wind to what he was doing,” Fif added when asked if he wanted to respond. “[1999’s] ‘How 2 Rob,’ Flex, yeah. It’s ‘How 2 Rob.’ If you listen to the record and hear what he’s saying, he actually worked with the guys he’s actually mentioning. He’s saying that, when I talked to him he said, ‘The record I just made is better than the last records I had.’ What I’m saying on the [‘How 2 Rob’] record is if they don’t get better, they’re not going to make it past the next album. That’s what I was trying to say.” (“The Funkmaster Flex Show”)
When recently approached by paparazzi, K. Dot gave hip-hop mogul Jay Z a pass but told anyone offended by his “Control” verse to come up with a better game plan.
Kendrick Lamar’s got words for all the MCs coughing up weak ass responses to his explosive “Control” verse … telling TMZ, “THEY GOTTA TRY HARDER.” We don’t need to recap, but we will: Kendrick dropped bombs on every rapper in the game last month, calling out nearly a dozen fellow MCs BY NAME in his verse on Big Sean’s new track “Control.” Scores of rappers have since responded to the verse — including Meek Mill and dozens who weren’t even mentioned on the track — but King Kendrick’s not impressed … at all. “They need to try harder. [Jay Z] that’s the big homie, but everybody else got to try harder.” (TMZ)
Last month, Lamar denied wanting to spark a West Coast versus East Coast rivalry from the “Control” bars.
“I feel as though there are certain cats that are going to take it to the next level and make it a rivalry thing. That’s old school homie. Nobody’s trying to do that. We’re black men out here trying to uplift the culture. My first sold-out show was in New York. I always looked at that place as a place that respected my lyrics and respected the culture and the birthplace of it. I think the ones that really took it out of context was the people we know want to grab an opportunity just off the fact of the hype of the record, rapping — a lot of people think it’s about talent. That’s where they get it wrong, I’m saying I’m the most hungry. I respect the legends of the game. I respect people that have done it before me, people that lost their lives over this. Because of what they laid down, I’m going to try to go that much harder and embrace it and live it. That’s the point of the whole verse and what I was trying to convey behind that verse. All the ignorance behind it, kill that noise. It’ll never be like that again, with two coasts rivals. Not on my behalf.” (Hot 97)
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