August 18, 2013


Nas Responds to Kendrick Lamar "Control" Verse With "Wow"

Andrew Benge/Redferns via Getty Images
Andrew Benge/Redferns via Getty Images

Kendrick Lamar set the Internet on fire last week when the Cali rapper dubbed himself "king of New York" and proceeded to diss every major name in the rap game in his verse on Big Sean's "Control."

Since then we have heard the opinions of some of the injured parties. The most recent rapper to chime in was Nas, who appeared blindsided by the question during an interview with Miss Info on New York's Hot 97.

The offending verse goes like this:

"I'm usually homeboys with the same n-ggas I'm rhymin' wit
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
Tryna make sure your core fans never heard of you n-ggas
They dont wanna hear not one more noun or verb from you n-ggas"

And, for good measure, Kendrick also goes after the lauded, older set:

"I heard the barbershops be in great debates all the time/Bout who's the best MC? Kendrick, Jigga and Nas/Eminem, Andre 3000, the rest of y'all/New n-ggas just new n-ggas, don't get involved."

Shortly after the song's release, the Twittersphere was all abuzz and #twitpicyourreactionafterhearingkendricksverse started trending nationally.

Twitter responses included Big K.R.I.T., Pusha T and (our personal fav) Mac Miller, who clearly decided to laugh it off with this gem:

"If I can't do no more nouns or verbs ima start comin with the wildest adjective bars that anyone has ever heard."

Meanwhile, Wale announced on camera that he "would have been offended if my name wasn't on that sh-t" because he is "the best rapper on the planet."

Nas, on the other hand, decided to take the highroad when presented with the topic, explaining that every fan has different tastes.

“Wow. My reaction is wow. I love hip-hop right now," he said.

"Certain fans like certain eras of rap, certain fans are not up on certain eras, so they don’t really remember all of them. Yeah, yeah, yeah, KRS-One, MC Shan and all the way to Busy Bee. This is what hip-hop is all about. You gotta ask [Kendrick what he meant]. I’m a listener.”

So, Nas clearly wins this round in the category of least oppressively huge ego. But humbleness, while refreshing, may not be the best trait for a rapper. 

Seriously, Kendrick Lamar just said he wants to murderize you. Show some teeth!