Kendrick Lamar Talks 'Control': 'Actual Kings of New York' Understood It

Kendrick Lamar performs onstage during 106 KMEL Summer Jam on June 9 2013 at Oracle Arena, Oakland California.

"It's about leaving a mark," he said of his boastful verse, which shook up the hip-hop world.

Kendrick Lamar's explosive verse on Big Sean's "Control" has shaken up the hip-hop world, and the MC himself weighed in on the considerable response on Wednesday.

"I didn’t know there would be so much speculation, I just want to rap," he said in a call with Power 106. He says his verse -- in which the L.A. MC calls himself the king of New York and takes aim at a number of rappers -- has been misunderstood.

"I think it’s a case of maybe I should dumb down my lyrics just a little bit," Lamar added. "The irony of that line is that the people who actually understood it and got it were the actual kings of New York, you know, me sitting down with them this past week, and them understanding, it’s not actually about being the king of whatever coast, it’s about leaving a mark as great as Biggie, as great as Pac.”

According to several reports, Lamar -- in New York for the Video Music Awards -- was a guest at Diddy and Jay-Z's after party at the Dream Hotel on Sunday night, which also saw appearances from Drake and J. Cole: some of the kings in question.

A squabble between Diddy and Cole over the "Control" verse at the event was rumored but squashed by Diddy, who tweeted, "We are friends. We just yell in public sometimes LOL #Fam."


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