Kendrick Lamar Talks 'Control' for First Time

Kendrick chats about tour life, his next album, and his controversial verse on Big Sean's 'Control.'
Kendrick Lamar at Bonnaroo 2013
Kendrick Lamar at Bonnaroo © Catie Laffoon/Red Bull
By Elliott Sharp

Kendrick Lamar found a few minutes away from his busy tour schedule to talk with Power 106 LA. In the interview, which went live this morning, the big topic was Kendrick's controversial verse on Big Sean's 'Control.'

“I didn't know there would be so much speculation behind it. I just wanted to rap," he said. "I wanted to take it to the next level, but I didn't think people would be swarming around it.”

He also said he was pleased rappers had been responding to his verse with their own, and that others have been taking his words as a challenge to be more musically creative.

“As long as they are keeping it in the music, and get inspired by it," he said. "That's like, mission accomplished, then. That's the culture of hip-hop, man, that's the envelope we got to push all the time.”

In other Kendrick news, it was recently announced that his 2012 album, 'good kid, m.A.A.d. city,' went platinum. In the Power 106 interview, he said we can expect a new album next year. He also confirmed that he is working on a project with J Cole.

In the meantime, this weekend Kendrick will perform on the second day (Sunday) of Philadelphia's Made In America Festival, along with Wiz Khalifa, AlunaGeorge, Queens of the Stone Age, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Nine Inch Nails.

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