Too bad Big Sean's new album Hall of Fame didn't feature this grimey, furious track, 'cause it's downright amazing. He had guests like Nas, Miguel, Pharrell Williams, Kid Cudi, Lil Wayne, Nicky Minaj, Young Jeezy and more on the LP, but nothing compares to the verses delivered by Jay Electronica and Kendrick Lamar on "Control (HOF)."
Big Sean said on Twitter that "[t]his one that didn’t make the album cuz of the sample BUT IT IS NOT no radio shit.. Straight rap… I’m talking 7min shit… Grimey shit." Instead, he went ahead and leaked it on Funkmaster Flex's Hot 97 radio show. Lucky us. If he hadn't done that we wouldn't have heard the lyrical barrage that is Lamar:
I heard barber shops debate the greats all the time // Who’s the best MC? Kendrick, Jigga and Nas // Eminem, Andre 3000, the rest of y’all // New niggas just new niggas, don’t get involved // And I ain’t rockin no more designer shit // White T’s and Nike Cortes, this is red Crvettes anonymous // I’m usually homeboys with the same niggas I’m rhymin with // But this is hip hop and them niggas should know what time it is // And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big KRIT, Wale // Pusha T, Meek Mill, ASAP Rocky, Drake //Big Sean, Jay Electron’, Tyler, Mac Miller // I got love for you all but I’m trying to murder you niggas // Trying to make sure your core fans never heard of you niggas // They don’t wanna hear not one more noun or verb from you niggas // What is competition? I’m trying to raise the bar high."
Stream "Control (HOF)" below.