Smartly, Kendrick Lamar has kept quiet and laid low since setting the rap world ablaze with "Control." What more really needed to be said? A 20-minute sitdown with Miss Info the day after the song's release would have just diluted its impact. "Control" became 2013's most fun hip-hop moment. It—and the ensuing tweets and freestyles and responses—was a part of an online event.
Lamar is now two weeks removed from the brilliance of "White T’s and Nike Cortez, this red Corvette's anonymous." It's safe to finally talk. He finally spoke to Power106LA today (the full interview will run tomorrow), and he said of the verse, "I didn't know it would be so much speculation—I just wanted to rap. If anybody knows me doing music, I wanna just rap." As for the King of New York line? "I think that's a case where I maybe had to dumb down my lyrics just a little bit. The irony of that line is that the people that actually understood it and got it was the actual kings of New York. We've been down with them this past week, and them understanding that it's not about actually being the King of whatever coast, it's about leading the market as great as Biggie as great as Pac."