Big Sean: Kendrick Keeping People on Their Toes

Kendrick Lamar at the Lollapalooza Aftershow
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The rapper talks about 'Control,' the song that has hip-hop talking about verse.

Kendrick Lamar blew up the Internet this week with his call-out verse on the Big Sean song 'Control.' "I'm Makaveli's offspring, I'm the king of New York / King of the Coast, one hand, I juggle them both," Lamar raps before exploding on almost every young rapper in the game.

On Friday, Big Sean spoke to Charlie Sloth of the BBC about the song, how Kendrick Lamar got involved and what he thinks Lamar was trying to say.

"I knew it was a big record when I did it with (producer) No I.D.," says the Detroit rapper. "It was just me and Jay Electronica, and I had my verse. And I hit up Kendrick, and Kendrick's my dog, and I sent it to Kendrick with my verse. Kendrick heard it and was loving the verse. He said, 'Damn, that inspired me. I got something for it.' And he sent his verse back."

"We lost a couple of the best artists of all time over dumb ass stuff. So the fact that we can just do it in a sport-ful way, and have fun with it."

Big Sean says he was first surprised at Lamar's verse but then warmed to it. "First of all, people love name-droppin, so I knew that was going to add to it," says Big Sean. "Second of all, that's what hip-hop is, man. And if there's one thing I want to do is I want to push the culture forward. And I never heard a song this exciting in rap music in a very, very long time."

While Sean says that everyone Lamar name-checks on the song needs to respond -- except for him ("I laced the song already. It's my song," Sean says) -- it's all in the name of sport.

"It's not like how it used to be when people were getting killed over this," he says. "We lost a couple of the best artists of all time over dumb ass stuff. So the fact that we can just do it in a sport-ful way, and have fun with it... Sometimes people say things just to stir up people and keep people on their toes. And I think that's what Kendrick was doing."

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