Ever since Kendrick Lamar responded fiercely to Big Sean’s ‘Control’, there has been a sudden rise in rap responses.
Kendrick went on name-dropping a number of MCs in his verse and none of them has released any related Music. While Drake, J.Cole, Meek Mill and A$AP Rocky have been quiet, plenty of others which include Joell Oritiz, Lupe Fiasco, Papoose, B.O.B., Fred the Godson, Cassidy and Astro and released response records.
Let’s take a look at few of them.
Joell Ortiz, ‘Outta Control’
The Yaowa wasn’t even mentioned by Kendrick but still he was the first to hijack the ‘Control’ beat and get busy. He says, ‘little homey, you ain’t the king of New York/ You the next thing on my fork.’
Lupe Fiasco, ‘SLR2’
After a lengthy post on Twitter he went on and dropped the sequel to his fan-favorite ‘Super Lupe Raps’. He says, ‘He so crazy, look at the little baby/ N—a you ain’t Nas, n—a you ain’t Jay Z.’
Papoose, ‘Control (Freestyle)’
Kendrick and Pap had been on the same page after Dot helped the Brooklyn verbalist overtake Hot 97’s Summer Jam Stage but that is definitely the past. Poose raps, “Kendrick, Kanye and Drake they act feminine/ Wear a lot of clothes you usually see women in.”
Skyzoo, ‘Along the Way’
Skyzoo’s was the most different approach. He thinks its Jay who is to be blamed. He says, “They opened the door for him to say what he please/ It don’t help that the real king went and gave him the keys,”
Persia, ‘Outta Control Freestyle’
Persia is mostly remembered as a standout on VH1’s ‘The (white) Rapper Show’ but even after the show went offline in 2007, the Far Rockaway, New York native has continued spitting venom for her online flock. Instead of going directly at Kendrick, she challenged rap’s male driven double standard.
Ransom, ‘Control (Freestyle)’
Cleary a lot of rappers are just seizing this opportunity to get their names inserted into the biggest story of the week and are not even mad. But you cannot accuse Ransom of being opportunistic. Last week he chose not to lyrically attack Nicki Minaj after their war of words on TMZ, but Ransom did respond to Kendrick’s call with multilayered rap bars.
Cassidy was primed to be one of rap’s most promising hit makers and his first single featured R. Kelly, but those days are now behind him. His six minutes of bars are intended to praise Kendrick for the inspiration and he takes aim at other rappers like Meek Mill.
Los, ‘Control (Freestyle)’
Los has been desperate for rap’s throne since 2011 with his The Crown Ain’t Safe mixtape. With his display of rhymes on this one, we wonder when Diddy is going to give this Bad Boy a release date.
B.o.B., ‘How 2 Rap’
Bobby Ray is definitely a beast but his response to Kendrick did not go that well. Though ‘How 2 Rap’ remains super creative throughout, but in the end it’s just not able to contact.
Other desperate attempts include Bangs, Bizzy Crook, Astro, Riff Raff, Iman Shumpert of the New York Knicks and J.R. Writer but none of them was able to make any solid impact.