Top Dawg Entertainment’s Kendrick Lamar finally dishes on his controversial “King of New York” proclamation from last year’s “Control” song and revealed who he believes can wear the crown in the new Complex magazine. #kingofny
In K. Dot’s opinion, the late Notorious B.I.G. and music icon Jay Z are the true Empire State kings.
On Lamar’s earth-shattering verse he called himself the King of New York, a claim he shies away from now: “I feel B.I.G. and Jay will always be the King of New York.” More important, Lamar called out nearly every rapper in his generation–from A$AP Rocky to J. Cole and even Big Sean and Jay Electronica–and claimed, “I got love for you all but I’m tryna murder you n*ggas.” (Complex)
Earlier this year, rapper Maino said both local moguls would give him a pass over his King of New York underground project title.
“Biggie okay with that, man,” Maino said in an interview. “Jay Z the king of the world. He ain’t thinking about me, man. He don’t care about my antics and my ways. He don’t give a f*ck. Straight up.” (Whoolywood Shuffle)
In 2011, fellow Brooklyn rapper Papoose crowned himself the “King of New York.”
“The reason I chose that title is because I am the king of New York,” the Brooklyn MC said with confidence to Mixtape Daily. “It feels good to be the king of New York so I just wanted to celebrate myself being the king of New York, so I figured I’d make it a self-titled mixtape…It’s just basically breaking down some of the reasons of why I’m the king of New York. The reaction was both-sided, but it was a little bit more to the good side. A lot of my supporters, a lot of my fans reached out. And a lot of my haters reached out who disagree that I’m the king and I just let them know that I intend on proving it.” (MTV)
Brooklyn rap veteran Fabolous previously said his “Get Back” record touched on the backlash K. Dot sparked with his now-infamous “Control” verse last summer.
“I want to talk about the ‘Get Back.’ It’s over one of Jay Z‘s samples and it plays reference to what was going on with the whole Kendrick ‘Control’ verse thing. At first, it was a big thing to respond back and everybody was hyped off the response. What I loved about it to is that a lot of people responded back to it without really knowing what was going on. They just heard the blatant said, ‘King of New York’ line and ‘The ‘Get Back’ is taken from, once you say something you also have to live and die by your words. But then now it becomes on other people to get back. It’s almost the revenge of what you’re saying. Do you relish in it? Do you back away from it? Do you step up to the plate? A lot of times, people don’t always think about the backlash or what’s going to come back to them.” (FUSE TV)