Slaughterhouse’s Royce Da 5’9 has offered his take on fellow group members Joell Ortiz and Joe Budden hitting the studio to release responses to Kendrick Lamar‘s ‘King of New York’ proclamation off Big Sean‘s “Control” track.
In Royce’s opinion, Joell and Budden had no personal rift toward Lamar but felt a need to stand up to protect their city.
“Joey and Joell didn’t really take his rap personally. It was just the “King of New York” line. They’re from New York and New York is in a place right now… well, Hip Hop is in a place, but New York isolated is in a place where it’s probably a good time for people to start standing up in the name of New York. It’s not for me to understand. I just had no idea everybody was going to take what he said so seriously.” Comparing Kendrick’s verse to a line from his own repertoire, Royce thinks it was a clever move. “He opened up a crazy door for all emcees. Before he did that verse the general consensus was lyrics weren’t popular. They weren’t cool. He made that shit cool again. He got the whole world paying attention to that shit, like how I did when I did the ‘Hi Rihanna’ thing. You know what I’m saying? He did one of those maneuvers. He took it back. I salute that.” (VIBE)
Although initially shelved and not expected to drop, a low quality version of Budden’s “Control” remix found its way onto the ‘net last week.
Following the response from his Slaughterhouse brother Joell Ortiz, Joe Budden is the latest to have his response to Kendrick Lamar’s verse on Big Sean’s “Control (HOF)” verse added to the ever growing list… well kinda. Although Budden recorded a response he previously stated that he wouldn’t release it, but during a Ustream chat the track in question was played, and as it is in the world of the interwebs, someone recorded it and here it is for your listening pleasure (if you can take the bad quality recording). Now I hope and pray we get to hear a full CDQ version of this, as in my opinion this is the best and most balanced response to the K. Dot verse so far (from what I could actually hear). (Soul Culture UK)
Ortiz recently said he still has ample respect for K. Dot but felt an urge to let his voice out after hearing the rapper’s name-dropping lines.
“I like Kendrick Lamar, man. I really love what he’s doing for the culture. I love what he’s doing for hip hop and being such an honest person, and when I heard the record I loved it. This is what I’m talking about, bringing it back to that competitive nature that we all grew up on…I appreciate his bravery. I’m so not a hater. That takes big cajones. I gotta respect it. Although, I obviously, immediately disagreed.” (VLAD TV)
Ortiz struck first by dropping a response track aimed at K-Dot.
“I ain’t even gotta give this too much thought,” Joell raps. “Joell Oritz won every war that he ever fought/This ain’t no different, I’m listening, you know the King of New York?/Lil’ homie, you ain’t the King of New York, you the next thing on my fork/The messenger with all those rings on that horse/Carrying kings heads until I kick you in your chest and you cough/And fall into a bottomless pit, homie, you know how many bodies that fit/When we met you said, ‘It’s an honor, man, the Yaowa can spit.’ Maybe that’s why you left me outta that sh*t/Maybe that’s why the Slaughterhouse ain’t get dissed/Or maybe I’m not on your radar, you feel you ain’t got to acknowledge my clique” (“Outta Control”)
Check out “Outta Control”: