Big Sean recruited Kendrick Lamar and Jay Electronica to appear on his new song "Control." The enigmatic Electronica turned in a very good religious-themed verse. Lamar delivered the rap equivalent of a hydrogen bomb, dropped in the Nevada desert and heard all over the country, from New York to Compton. The 64-bars are a marvel of alliteration ("The juggernaut's all in your jugular, you take me for jokes), simile ("I'm important like the Pope, I'm a Muslim on pork/I'm Makaveli's offspring, I'm the king of New York"), and balls-to-the-wall braggadocio (see: anoiting himself over his friendly competition). It was the most important verse of the year. And probably will be once December rolls around—especially if no other rappers are allowed nouns or verbs anymore.
Of course, Kendrick's verse technically wouldn't be possible if Sean hadn't originally recruited him for a guest spot. In an interview released by Vibe today, the Detroit rapper reveals the details surrounding the now legendary song, saying that "Control" was due for his August 27 album but a sample couldn't clear, so he was forced to relase it online for free. Sean also said that Kendrick's verse knocked him back, but it didn't drive him to re-record his own spot. That would have made him a "hoe-ass n*gga." (He said this several times. Which leads me to think he at least thought about changing it.)
"I just want people to remember I had the song. I knew what it was," he said. "I didn’t change my verse because I’m not a hoe ass nigga. I’m a real ass nigga from Detroit. I rep for everything that I do. I knew what it was going to do for hip-hop. I knew what it was going to do for the culture. This is the most exciting rap song to drop this year this year. Period.“
No snarking at Sean here: A lesser guy might have tried to tame his guest. By releasing the bomb when he did, Sean brought forth the most fun moment of the rap year.