New York rap veteran Big Daddy Kane is not issuing any apologies for telling his fellow Big Apple emcees to step up to the microphone or shut up after getting checked by Kendrick Lamar on Big Sean‘s new “Control” track.
Kane said Lamar’s lyrics should have only inspired emcees to show off their competitive side.
Kane, whose been a part of the rap game long enough to see rappers like Kool Moe Dee and Busy B battle each other, was concerned that the verse would only lead to a “Twitter battle.” “I was basically trying to say to the MCs out there that really believe that they’re real MCs, and they’re in it for the sport, if you’re upset with what dude said then respond. That’s what an MC does,” Kane said. Kane also reminisced about sharing raps with Kool G Rap at two in the morning, and being pitted against fellow legendary MC, Rakim. Although a mutual friendship with Eric B., Rakim’s longtime DJ and producer, stopped Kane from ever spitting at Rakim, a rap line written by the latter almost changed that. (RapFix)
Following the song’s release last week, BDK alerted all emcees to speak out with bars instead of whining over Twitter.
“ATTENTION M.C.’S: Complaining about @kendricklamar verse on twitter is Gossip. Getting in the studio trying to write a better one is Hip Hop,” Kane tweeted August 13. (Big Daddy Kane’s Twitter)
The track inspired Brooklyn’s Uncle Murda to drop his punchline-ridden “The Response” record last weekend.
“Everybody like, ‘You heard what that n*gga said?’ N*ggas getting offended/Everybody running to the studio, to try and make a diss record about Kendrick/Tell Kendrick I ain’t mad at him, this exactly what the game needed/Everybody wanna be homeboys/Rap’s competition, start competing/Calling n*ggas names out, Kendrick, I thank you/But saying you the king, n*ggas want me to spank you/I’m like, ‘Yeah, I heard what Kendrick said but lil’ homie ain’t a threat’/Maybe if Game or Snoop said it, then I’d be more upset/Jay not dead, Nas alive/You the king, come on Kendrick, how that sound? … How you gonna claim something that you not?/Oh, I get it, this n*gga wanna be 2Pac/Well I’m a West Coast Crip on a Blood block/Kicking it with Bloods talking about all the Bloods I shot/King of Oakland, why you ain’t say that?/’Cause them n*ggas that robbed 2 Chainz don’t play that/’D*mn Murda, I know you ain’t say that” (“The Response”)
Brooklyn rapper Papoose shared a different perspective and dropped his “Control” remix diss record at Lamar this week.
“Tell Kendrick and TDE they need to lay off the PCP/ Far from the king, this is the city of BDP/ You’ll never be a real west coast artist like Eazy E/ You f*cking joke, we laughing at you like hehehe/ Ya’ll probably stick dildos in each other like Stevie G/ I mean Stevie J on that sex tape with E-V-E/Lil’ Sean, Big Sean, let me see ID/Why you always say B.I.G.?/You ain’t Bigge, you could D.I.E/Every time I hear you, you getting cornier like E-Y-E.” (“Control” Remix)