Big Sean Speaks On "Control" & Kendrick Lamar's Verse

Big Sean Speaks On "Control" & Kendrick Lamar's Verse

Big Sean talks about "Control (HOF)" and not re-writing his verse after hearing Kendrick's bars.

Yesterday there was a lot of discussion and excitement surrounding Big Sean's leak "Control (HOF)" mainly due Kendrick Lamar's name-dropping verse, not to say Jay Electronica doesn't also deserve props. Big Sean is definitely aware of the hype surrounding his track, and in an interview with VIBE he discusses why the record was left off his album, the excitement the track has produced, and not re-writing his verse after hearing Kendrick's.

Sean Don first explained the problem with the record was because of the sample. "I wanted it to be apart of the album, but unfortunately weak shit happens," Sean said. "I wanted to have a snappin' ass eight-minute song on my album. So the sample, they was like yo, basically it came down to either you gotta push your shit back to have this song, or we're gunna try and figure the sample, or, you know I was like alright fuck it, I hold it, but then I was like I can't hold this song, this something special, so I just dropped it."

As is evidenced all over Twitter and the blogosphere, people are excited to see who is going to deliver a response to Kendrick. Sean talks about how he knew this was something important for hip-hop."I knew what it was for the culture of hip-hop," the rapper said of "Control." "You see how excited people are. I wanted to do that for music, make that play happen. It gave me the feeling of how hip-hop was, hip-hop used to be."

He explained how he wasn't about to go re-write or change his verse after hearing K. Dot's contribution. "I started the song I had my first verse, I sent it to Kendrick and Jay Elect too. And then Kendrick sent that verse back," the G.O.O.D. rapper explained. "So when I heard it I was just kinda crackin' up."

He continued, "When I heard [Kendrick's] verse I was like I’m not about to go back and change my verse. That’s cheating...That ain't how G’s move. I wanted to do that for the culture of Hip Hop as opposed to myself, trying to protect myself."

Sean went on to defend his verse, while admitting that no matter what, if three people are on a track, someone will outshine the others. "When three people hop on a song somebody's gunna have a stand-out verse, always," he said. "I think I spit some good bars on there, I ain't changed it, Jay Elect ain't changed it."

The Detroit native continued to defend his bars, "I’m a good ass rapper. Big Sean got bars. Listen to 'Fire,' listen to 'Control.' I feel like my verse was hard… It’s fresh ass quoteables throughout the whole thing. My verse, Kendrick, and Jay Elect."

What did you think of Big Sean's verse on "Control (HOF)"? Watch his full interview below.

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