Tech N9ne Defends Kendrick Lamar's "Control" Verse, Says It Woke Rappers Up
Tech N9ne also says that rappers are lazy and that they need to raise the bar on the quality of their material.
Several rappers were upset with Kendrick Lamar’s verse on Big Sean’s “Control.” Cassidy, Lupe Fiasco, Joe Budden and Papoose are among the artists who released songs dissing the Compton, California rapper because of his lyrics on the song, which also featured Jay Electronica.
Tech N9ne, on the other hand, says he appreciated Kendrick Lamar’s verse on “Control,” which included the lines, “"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. That goes for Jermaine Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Wale, Pusha T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake, Big Sean, Jay Electron[ica], Tyler[, the Creator], Mac Miller. I got love for you all but I'm tryin' to murder you niggas. Trying to make sure your core fans never heard of you niggas [and that] they don't want to hear not one more noun or verb from you niggas. What is competition? I'm trying to raise the bar high."
“My reaction was, ‘Yeah, nigga. Wake these motherfuckers up,’” Tech N9ne, who featured Kendrick Lamar on "Fragile," a song included on the Strange Music rapper's new album, Something Else, says during an interview with MONTREALITY. “Everybody’s so lazy, man. I always raise my bar. My bar is always raised, every album. ‘He’s A Mental Giant’ to ‘So Dope’ or whatever you listen to that Tech N9ne is technical. It’s always pushing my peers to go even harder when they do a song with me, so for Kendrick to take it a step further, say names and shit, is really waking niggas up and if anybody got a problem with my lil homie, I got his back. Sorry and shit. Let’s go.”
Even though Tech N9ne released Something Else less than a month ago, he’s already mapped out two more projects. His seven-song rock EP, Therapy, is slated for a November 5 release, while he’s also planning the blueprint for his next studio LP.
“Special Effects is just an idea, but it’s a wild idea because it was hard enough trying to outdo All 6’s And 7’s, so I did it," says Tech N9ne, who is on the Something Else Canadian Tour 2013, which is scheduled to stop at the Republic Nightclub in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada tonight (August 21). "How I’m going to outdo Something Else? It’s gotta be Special Effects. It’s gotta be something where you’re fucking with the beats. It’s gotta be something where you’re fucking with the vocals, lyrically, just a notch higher. It’s going to be hard because the theme for Something Else is massive with the meteorite hitting in Kansas City and the burgundy mist and everything, so Special Effects is going to have to be some fucking Terminator shit. I don’t know, man. But we’ll see.”