Maybach Music Group’s Wale, Meek Mill and Kid Cudi are the latest batch of hip-hop artists to step forward with their reactions to Kendrick Lamar dropping fire on Big Sean‘s new “Control” anthem.
Coincidentally, Wale said he would have caught feelings if K. Dot had not name-dropped him on the track.
Wale isn’t trippin one bit over Kendrick Lamar’s new lyrics of mass destruction — despite being personally called out in KL’s rhymes — telling TMZ, he’d be offended if Kendrick DIDN’T threaten his ass. Quick reminder: Kendrick put the entire rap world on notice Tuesday, dropping an explosive verse in Big Sean’s new track “Control,” in which he targeted Wale and a bunch of other MCs. Wale was out at LAX Wednesday when we asked about the backhanded shoutout, and he told us, “I’d’ve been offended if my name wasn’t in that sh*t.” As for the best rapper on the planet … Wale still thinks it’s himself. (TMZ)
Wale’s MMG labelmate Meek Mill did not take offense to being name-dropped or the heat Lamar put on the record.
“It definitely wasn’t insulting,” Meek said. “Kendrick Lamar, I don’t think he was trying to insult any of us, you know. We all know each other personally. There were a lot of names that weren’t mentioned … It was a competition thing. I live for competition. Everyone who knows me knows I don’t want to lose in a game of nothing. I don’t want to lose in a game of tic-tac-toe. I’m not going to make a diss record for Kendrick Lamar. But if he wants to get competitive, we’re going to have some fun.” (Power 99)
Kid Cudi hopped onto Twitter to let loose on the widespread debate.
“People keep asking me how I feel about Kendricks verse on Big Seans jams. It was dope!,” Cudder tweeted August 14.
“Ur suppose to want to bite the heads of ur opponents. Hip Hop aint about hugs and high fives.”
“I personally don’t think anyone should have responded. Niggaz need to put that energy into makin a classic album and responding that way.”
“Id feel this way had he mentioned me or not. Cuz at the end of the day Kendrick showed love, was polite and really genuine when we worked” (Kid Cudi’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)