Months after releasing his “Control” verse to the masses, Kendrick Lamar is still sparking reactions from hip-hop artists like Fabolous who decided to address K. Dot during a live performance.
Footage of Loso offering up some words about Lamar’s now-infamous “King of New York” line has made its way across Internet.
“I said Brooklyn, we in this motherf*cker tonight,” Fab said during a concert. “I’ma give it to ‘em one more time. I said I’m a motherf*cking king in my city. I’m the motherf*cking wing in my city. I’m from the pj’s, so it’s only right I’m the flyest n*gga in my city. So that thing about Kendrick saying he’s the king? Don’t ask me how I took it, n*gga. The real n*ggas know all the real kings came from Brooklyn, n*gga. Brooklyn, we love y’all motherf*ckers to death, man. New York City, make some noise!” (The Trophy Life)
Back in August, Fabolous explained why he fell back on responding to Lamar’s line.
“That’s a hot topic on the market, and when I first heard I was going to address it on the surface of what it was, somebody from out of New York claiming they the “King of New York,” but I took my time and I spoke with some OG’s, I researched it a little bit and got some more history behind it. Also, how everybody jumped into it for an intention play would change the situation as well, so a lot of guys stepped in and said their peace, but you also saw a lot of guys who were mentioned on the song, or who you would expect to have responses to the song, really didn’t take that approach, but am gonna tell you one thing that an OG told me, he said “if you do respond, make it work for you, make it come on your time, and not just like you trying to feed the twitter fans with a freestyle.” So I got that in the back of mind, so you might hear something eventually…” (The Source)
Recently, K. Dot admitted he was far removed from how he felt when “Control” initially came out.
“I think I said everything I need to say on Peter Rosenberg, Hot 97. If people don’t get it from there, then I don’t feel [I need] to explain myself any more. I think they’ll run it down to the ground rather than me. You know, I just wrote a verse. I think everybody’s just taking it to the ground and don’t want to let it go. I spoke my piece on Hot 97. If people wanna take it further than there, that’s their entertainment. I’m on a whole ‘nother plateau of thinking now. That was just for that moment of writing a verse. That’s how I feel about it.” (XXL Magazine)
A few weeks ago, Bad Boy Records CEO Diddy said there are plenty of notable entertainers like Jay Z, Kanye West, himself and Lamar worthy of being recognized as kings.
“When I was coming up, I always stated I was a king because I knew who I was. That’s like knowledge of self. So with [Kendrick] being a king, he’s a king, Jay’s a king, Ye’s a king but there are some cats that are not kings. You got to be a prince sometimes before you can be a king,” Diddy explained in an interview. “Kendrick is deserving of his crown because he took hip-hop and put it on his back so crazy and has given birth to a whole type of real hip-hop generation that we needed to come back and it came from a cat that was, ironically, from the West Coast. He went back to the essence of what hip-hop is about.” (“Big Boy’s Neighborhood”)
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