Rap-Up TV: Big Sean Reacts to Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Control’ Verse

Kendrick Lamar shook up hip-hop by calling out his peers on “Control,” but it was Big Sean who orchestrated the most-talked-about hip-hop record of the year. Still riding high on the buzz, Rap-Up TV caught up with the G.O.O.D. Music rapper at the Moët Rosé Lounge in West Hollywood on Tuesday to get his take on the track.

He gave his fellow MCs props. “Of course Kendrick spazzed on it, of course Jay Elec spazzed on it,” said Sean. “I feel like we all added our own flavors to it. I knew what it was for hip-hop culture. I knew how important it was.”

He decided to leave his verse intact even after hearing Kendrick’s. “I’m not a ho ass ni**a. I wasn’t gonna change my stuff for nothing. I didn’t want to alter it,” he explained. “I knew how important it was and I just wanted to give it out there and orchestrate that and push the culture forward.”

But he was not prepared for the reaction. “I haven’t seen a hip-hop song stir up this much excitement in years really.”

He admits that Kendrick outshined him by mentioning Drake, J. Cole, Meek Mill, and his other peers. “I think that name dropping really took it over the top for sure,” said Sean.

But that doesn’t take away from his verse. “I love my verse. I think I have some great quotables in there.”

“Control” didn’t make Hall of Fame because of a sample clearance issue, but Sean is trying to make it available on the digital version of the album, due August 27. “We’re trying to work out something where it could at least work digitally. I really fought for that too, man.”

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13 Comments

  1. chaima

    Kendrick is da king of ny

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  2. Jordan gabriel

    I like this dude. He seems real. And his music is GOOD. More people like this please…

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  3. 2bad2bme

    Big Sean is a cool M*thaf*cka for real

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  5. TRA

    I like the direction that Big Sean seems to be taking with his music right now. I don’t know if Big Sean’s new album Hall of Fame is going to be a big-time great commerical success, but I believe Big Sean’s Hall of Fame album has the potential to be one of the best hip hop albums of 2013.

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  6. Sylvie

    Respect to Big Sean for telling it how it is, no hating… Admitting Kendrick outshines him in his own track. Hip Hop has woke up.

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  7. Ice

    Big Sean really has really been impressing me lately. I purchased his first album and loved it, but based off of “Guap” and “Switch Up” I was unsure about this new album. His latest two singles got my hopes up a lot, but what really influenced me was his interviews and the video of him spending time with that disabled kid. Sean is so humble and real that I feel like I want to support him no matter what.

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  8. Mr Trrrrruuuuuuuuuuuuuu

    kendrick…king of new york!!

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  9. BEDSTUYFLY

    YEAH THAT SONG SHOULD DEFINITELY BE ON THE ALBUM. ITS GRAMMY WORTHY! KENDRICKS VERSE ALONE BODIED EVERY CURRENT NINJA IN THE GAME! AND I NOTICE HE LEFT OUT NAMES LIKE KANYE, WIZ & FABOLOUS.

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  11. Wow

    I like how he didn’t try to change his verse after hearing Kendrick’s verse. Props to Big Sean!

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