Big Sean: Control (HOF) ft. Kendrick Lamar & Jay Electronica

Today if you’ve been on any music site that handles rap music you’ve heard this track.  And you’ve heard about Kendrick Lamar’s verse which by the way the internet is buzzing may be single handedly responsible for changing rap music forever.   If for some reason you haven’t heard it, it’s after the jump:

Big Sean’s verse:

Pretty standard Big Sean verse as far as his ability is concerned.  You’re going to hear it was a mistake to put himself on the same song with Kendrick Lamar and Jay Electronica, which is dumb.  Yes his verse is by far the worst but that doesn’t make this a mistake.  A mistake looks like Riff Raff putting himself on a track with Far East Movement or LL Cool J opting to make 2013’s shittiest song so far with Brad Paisley.  A mistake does NOT look like two artists of, yes, unequal talent, but hardly a disparity in talent that makes Big Sean look silly. Here I’ll sum it up for you:

I’m Big Sean
I’m rich
I fucks many a bitch
G.O.O.D. Music
Detroit may be (it is) a piece of shit but I rep it hard regardless
I’m the best
Except for Tupac and Biggie don’t want to be blasphemous now
G.O.O.D. Music
My album dropping soon go buy it
I’m an OG
G.O.O.D. Music

But standard is fine.  I mean Magna Carta was the most standard thing that has been released all year and Jay-Z out sold Jesus with that shit.

Kendrick Lamar’s verse:

Now let’s be very, very clear Kendrick Lamar is one of the best rappers out, Good Kid M.a.a.D. City was definitely one of the best albums of 2012 and this verse is impressive.  But again, it’s pretty standard it just happens that standard for Kendrick Lamar is good.  Before you get me wrong the verse is tight and after the relatively boring start to August this is a welcome surprise.  And I love the freestyle structure of the track 3 minute versus and no chorus is how rap should be (not all the time rappers don’t get it twisted too much of a good thing is ALWAYS a bad thing).  The verse is cocky and rightfully so, of course the two most memorable sections are:

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 niggas
Tryna make sure your core fans never heard of you niggas
They don’t wanna hear not one more noun or verb from you niggas

I love this.  Even though I like all of these rappers, except one.  There is nothing better than a little bit of competition rap it’s why the East Coast West Coast beef of the 90s produced some of the best hip-hop of all time.  And why the return of the East/West beef will be at the top of my end of the year list, Best Shit to Happen in 2013.  Especially because this blasphemous line:

I’m important like the Pope,I’m a Muslim on pork
I’m Makaveli’s offspring, I’m the king of New York
King of the Coast, one hand, I juggle them both

And no I am NOT referring to the Pope line (you know I don’t care about the pope).  It’s okay though Joell Ortiz put Mr. Lamar in his place.

There is absolutely no competition in my mind that the East Coast is better than the West Coast and Ortiz has stood up with true form putting the Compton native in his place.  Yes the West Coast has given us Earl Sweatshirt and Blu, the two best rappers 30 and under, but besides those two the far coasts claims to fame number far less that even just New York not to mention the rest of the East Coast..

Jay Electronica’s verse:

This is the BEST part of this track.  Jay Elect has been raking in the bucks… from his wife.  Yes white people are pissed about it, but I couldn’t give less of a fuck that white people are mad that Jay Elect is marrying himself a rich white woman.  And because he has been raking in the doe he’s been absent from hip-hop for a while but instead of being realistic and realizing that this is probably just a one verse tease from the king himself I choose to pretend this marks his return now that the Brits have given him permission to marry.  His verse is way shorter than the other two but packs a punch.

We live by every single word she ever told us
Watch over your shoulders
And keep a tin of beans for when the weather turns the coldest
The Lord is our shepherd, so our cup runneth over
Put your trust in the Lord but tether your Chevy Nova

Where’s that fucking album Jay!

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