G.O.O.D Music’s Pusha T is not losing any sleep over Kendrick Lamar sending the Internet into a frenzy these past two weeks over his must-hear “Control” lyrics and said he has used K. Dot’s strategy for roughly two years.
In Pusha’s opinion, he has always treated his lyrics and punchlines as warrior-like.
“I personally myself have been, you know, by myself and alone when it comes to my lyrical barbs with other rappers and so on and so forth,” began Pusha as he addressed Kendrick’s words. “Regardless on what behalf I’ve done it on and regardless of what the reasoning behind them, like, I just shoot, like I don’t ask no questions, I don’t ask for help, I’m not into that. I’m different; I’m a warrior. That’s what I do.” (MTV)
The Virginia native also said he, himself, has gone after the top dogs for the past couple years.
Pressed to elaborate on how he felt when he heard Kendrick’s rapped rant, which also included references to J. Cole, A$AP Rocky, Drake and Mac Miller, Pusha said, “I don’t feel slighted, man, I’ve been doing this. I’ve been shooting at the top of the food chain for like two years straight, alone, nobody! This is nothing new. This ain’t nothing new. It’s the sport, man, at the same time keeping it clever, keeping it classy, keeping it, you know, sportsmanlike.” (MTV)
Last week, Pusha T acknowledged Lamar’s “Control” name-drop.
“I hear u loud and clear my nigga… @kendricklamar,” Pusha tweeted August 13. (Pusha T’s Twitter)
On the “Control” track, Kendrick unloads some heavy bars and name-drops rap’s biggest names.
Big Sean, 25, took to Twitter to release his latest single, “Control” to his over 4 million Twitter followers, which features 26-year-old rapper Kendrick Lamar. “I’m usually homeboys with the same n****s i’m rhymin wit/But this is hip hop and them n****s should know what time it is/And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Wale, Pusha T, Meek Mill, A$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)
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