Nearly a year after ex-Bad Boy Shyne called Kendrick Lamar‘s g.o.o.d kid, m.A.A.d city album trash, the rapper has gone the extra mile to throw more jabs at him with a response to his “Control” lyrics.
In a newly released “King of NYS” music video, Shyne attempts to throw himself into the “King of New York” debate Lamar sparked courtesy of Big Sean‘s song.
“Ain’t no other kings in this rap thing! They siblings, soap opera rappers all of my children. U ain’t no king Pin, u just bussing that ink pen. Snoop got a pass ain’t no more crushing the buildings. Yeah! I said! I’ll set it! Lamar or Kendrick new rappers all perish! Blow yah brains on the wall! Oh God I’m a meance! Bow down say your prayers this is God in your prescence!” Shyne drops a video response to Kendrick Lamar calling himself the “King of New York” but the song itself is off of his older mixtape, Gangland. (Complex)
After Shyne trashed Lamar’s album last fall, West Coast rapper Game came to Kendrick’s defense.
“Whenever a shot is taken at Kendrick, I think that’s the pool I’ma dive in head-first, whether there is water there or not,” Game said in an interview. “Personally, I think Shyne should just back away and let the kid breathe and if not, I don’t know, we might find ourselves face-to-face or sh– that nobody really wants to see happen. Kendrick is non-confrontational, he’s not a thug, he’s not a gang banger, he’s just a dope, hip-hop lyricist, but he’s from the streets and he got a lot of ties out here and a lot of good hood n—as with him and I’m one of them.” (MTV)
This week, New York rapper Maino said the image and state of New York rappers is so weak Kendrick had confidence in proclaiming himself the Big Apple’s king.
“Nah, nah,” Maino said in an interview when asked if he would make a response to Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Control’ lyrics. “I look at it different. I look at it kind of like, as a city, right, I look at not what he said but what would make him say that. I feel like dude’s like at the city like it’s sweet. We look weak, somehow, for dudes to take those kinds of shots. I like Kendrick, I like his music. I think it was about some hip-hop sh*t but at the same time, n*ggas over here wouldn’t dare said that about LA. They know better. N*ggas wouldn’t dare say that about Detroit ’cause they know. N*ggas wouldn’t dare have said nothing about Chicago because it’s a certain kind of stigma that comes with these places. I think n*ggas here in my city soft, man. To be honest.” (Sway In The Morning)
Harlem’s A$AP Rocky also gave his take on K. Dot’s lyrics this week.
“He named a lot of n*ggas,” A$AP said in an interview. “I feel like, I mean, that ‘King of New York’ sh*t, you smoking crack, you’re crazy, you know what I mean? Honestly though, K. Dot and them n*ggas, that’s fam. I think hip-hop needs this sh*t. It’s n*ggas who’s pissed off just because they wasn’t mentioned. … I’m not justifiying sh*t, rap is rap, my n*gga. N*gga didn’t say nothing about nobody mother — he didn’t say he want problems. He said, ‘These are my n*ggas and I’m letting y’all know it’s competition.’ What’s the problem? That man know I’m where he at. I feel like all the rappers making disses and responses — I’ma keep it a buck, it’s not even about being relevant because hip-hop ain’t about relevance, man. It’s all about the sport, it’s all about the culture.” (Hot 97)
Check out Shyne’s “King of NYS” music video: