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The biggest rap verse of the summer has arrived in the form of a feature from Kendrick Lamar on "Control (HOF)," a song that was originally intended for Big Sean's upcoming album Hall of Fame but had to be scrapped after sample clearance issues. Sean dropped the song on Hot 97 show last night, and the track proceeded to nearly break Twitter.

On the verse, Kendrick sound ferocious, spewing what must be his most aggressive verse ever. He takes aim at a number of his fellow A-List rappers, claiming respect but making no qualms about his desire to destroy the opposition:

"I'm usually homeboys with the same n**gas I'm rhyming with / But this is hip-hop and them n**gas should know what time it is / And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Wale, Pusha-T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake, Big Sean, Jay Electron', Tyler, Mac Miller / I got love for you all but I'm trying to murder you n**gas."

How's that for some healthy competition?

A couple other notable lyrics:

  • "I'm the king of New York / King of the Coast, one hand, I juggle them both" — the Compton born rapper seems to think he's got both the West and East coast on lock.

  • "Judgement to the monarchy, blessings to Paul McCartney / You called me a black Beatle, I'm either that or a Marley" — In which Kendrick compares himself to The Beatles and Bob Marley in one line.


Read the full lyrics to "Control (HOF)" here and listen to it below (obviously NSFW):



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