Last night Jay Electronica popped up on Big Sean’s “Control,” and for the first time in a long string of random Jay Electronica appearances, Jay Electronica wasn’t the topic of conversation. That’s because also featured on the song is Kendrick Lamar, and he delivered what will undoubtedly be one of the most talked about rap verses of the year. An excerpt:
Bout who’s the best MC? Kendrick, Jigga and Nas
Eminem, André 3000, the rest of y’all
New n*ggas just new n*ggas, don’t get involved
And I ain’t rockin no more designer shit
White T’s and Nike Cortez, this is red Corvettes anonymous
I’m usually homeboys with the same n*ggas I’m rhyming with
But this is hip-hop and them n*ggas should know what time it is
And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big KRIT, Wale
Pusha T, Meek Millz, A$AP Rocky, Drake
Big Sean, Jay Electron’, Tyler, Mac Miller
I got love for you all but I’m tryna murder you n*ggas
Trying to make sure your core fans never heard of you n*ggas
They don’t wanna hear not one more noun or verb from you n*ggas
It wasn’t like people were disputing that Kendrick Lamar had already earned a spot among hip-hop’s elite, but hearing him claim that spot so confidently—and drop names in the process—was exciting. One name that didn’t get mentioned in the Kendrick verse was Lupe Fiasco, but Lupe still felt the need to react. He hit up Twitter to explain how people are so easily impressed these days, one thing led to another, and Lupe ended up ghostwriting responses for different rappers, per his fans’ requests. See how the whole thing unfolded below.
UPDATE: After going off on Twitter about the bar being so low and people being easily impressed, Lupe did reply, “I liked it!” in response to one fan asking what he thought of the Kendrick verse. Whether or not that was sarcastic or serious is unclear.