Roc Nation’s Jay Electronica recently revealed a conversation he had with G.O.O.D Music’s Big Sean about their “Control” collaboration and said he wanted to put the controversial tune on his own LP.
According to Jay Elect, once he found out “Control” would not appear on Sean’s new Hall of Fame LP, he tried to snag it for his own.
Jay Electronica emerged from his cocoon this weekend to perform at a concert in Croatia. The enigmatic rapper was asked about “Control,” and said that when he found out that Big Sean did not plan on putting the song on his sophomore album, Hall Of Fame, he immediately asked to include the song on Act II: The Patents Of Nobility. For whatever reason, Sean chose to put the song out as a free track regardless. Maybe he felt it would be more strategic to drop the song leading up to his release date. Or maybe he was leery (as most of us have become) about the song’s chances of ever coming out once it got into the hands of Jay Elec, who has not put out a song of his own since 2011. (Complex)
Last month, Jay Elect acknowledged the attention “Control” received in light of Kendrick Lamar’s lyrics.
“”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)
Sean also addressed the track a few weeks ago and noted the competitive nature of hip-hop being on full display.
“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)