Rap veteran Nas has finally offered a few words on Kendrick Lamar making headlines earlier this week for proclaiming himself the new “King of New York” on Big Sean‘s “Control” track.
Rather than lash out at K-Dot, Nasty Nas refrained from speaking heavily on the line.
“Wow,” Nas said when asked by radio personality Miss Info about Kendrick Lamar’s “King of New York” line. “My reaction is wow. I love hip-hop right now. … Certain fans like certain eras of rap, certain fans are not up on certain eras, so they don’t really remember all of them. Yeah, yeah, yeah, KRS-One, MC Shan and all the way to Busy Bee. This is what hip-hop is all about. You gotta ask him [about that line]. [Was I offended?] I’m a listener.” (Miss Info TV)
A few days ago, Bad Boy Records CEO Diddy hopped onto his Instagram page and posted a parody meme of him alongside Jay Z to address Lamar’s line.
The backlash against Kendrick Lamar is in FULL SWING … with Diddy putting the rapper on blast on Instagram … and he’s even dragging Jay-Z into the attack. Lamar has been under fire for the past 24 hours for the lyrics he spits out against other rappers on Big Sean’s new track, “Control” … in which KL refers to himself as the “King of New York.” Naturally, Diddy took issue with the lyric … considering, well, you know … he thinks HE’S the king of New York. So Diddy fired back with an image on Instagram, showing himself and Jay-Z, another New York boss, laughing … along with a caption that MOCKS Kendrick’s lyrics. Diddy ain’t the first to fire back at Kendrick — 67-year-old NBA legend Phil Jackson dropped some knowledge Kendrick’s way yesterday … after KL shouted his name in the same song. (TMZ)
Coincidentally, Puff Daddy gave Lamar props for his good kid, m.A.A.d city album earlier this summer.
“I feel like the timing of these albums coming out and these artists deciding to be honest with themselves and raising the bar… Kendrick Lamar came out and killed us and really f*cked our heads up with some realness. I think that he’s responsible for starting it, but I think these other brothers came back real hard and strong and are very, very competitive. That’s when hip-hop or music is at an all time high when people know and they respect, “Yo, that album is dope and I want my album to be better than that album,” or, “I want to challenge that album.”” (VIBE)
After dropping a “Control” remix diss record, Brooklyn rapper Papoose explained his issues with Lamar.
“Nobody is going to disrespect New York City like that, man, and kick dirt on New York City and say you the ‘King of New York’ when you not even from New York,” Pap said in an interview. “It doesn’t get no more disrespectful that that. Then, you’re a Muslim who eats pork. Are you kidding me? You don’t say that, you don’t say you’re a Muslim who eats pork. What’s that? … Nobody is going to disrespect New York while I’m breathing — that means when you disrespect New York, everything goes. It is what it is. This is hip-hop, don’t get it twisted, I’m going to go on the record and say that.” (Hot 97)
Check out Nas’ interview: