October 2013 | BET Hip Hop Awards
The hip hop world is still reeling from Kendrick Lamar's verse on "Control," which dropped in August 2013. No one knew he had a cutthroat killer instinct like that.
In case people thought "Control" was a fluke, Kendrick brought out the long knives once more two months later during the TDE cypher at the BET Hip Hop Awards. According to Schoolboy Q, Kendrick wasn't even going to participate originally: "Outta nowhere, me, Soul and Rock, he pulled us to the side and was like check this shit out, and he rapped it," Q said. "And we was like, [shocked face]."
It didn't hurt that Kendrick was rapping over the "Shook Ones II" beat. "Yeah, and nothing's been the same since they dropped 'Control'/ And tucked a sensitive rapper back in his pajama clothes."